Snap Scene: The The, Melbourne International Arts Festival, State Theatre, 4th October 2018

Likely the least searchable band in internet history, Matt Johnson’s mischievously titled outfit was messing with the heads of would be fans long before Google came of age. People found The The on their own, and knew they’d hit on post-punk royalty.

The line-up was constantly evolving—along with music titans such as Johnny Marr, past members have included neuroscientists, photographers and film directors—but the one constant has been Johnson, whose vocals are immediately recognisable.

Last year saw the release of the band’s first single in 15 years, and 2018 brings with it the first live appearances since 2002, some which sold out in minutes.

This Melbourne International Arts Festival was the first time The The has played Melbourne since 1989.

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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos,,,, She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.