IT'S rare that punk rock band The Cruntburgers are invited back to a venue, which will make their return home all the more novel tomorrow night.
The four-piece outfit of former south-west lads was last seen in Warrnambool in December 2011 and now returns to The Loft with fellow punks The Half Pints and Lizard Punch.
According to ex-Woolsthorpe drummer Dylan Kelson, The Cruntburgers began when former Hamilton-based drummer Andrew Porter (The Circle K, Siphon) wrote some songs and wanted a chance to "shine" as a frontman.
Porter enlisted Kelson on the skins, as well as Warrnambool's Matt Yates (Vigilante) and Hawkesdale lad Michael "Sickle" Vowles (Siphon).
Known to few from former bands New Recipe For Toast and First Aid Case, Kelson said the four-piece had a chance to play regular Melbourne shows this year.
"There's a really big punk rock scene in Melbourne and we're definitely reaching out to people who aren't just our friends," he said.
"Drew from Superheist saw our band name listed on the bill at The Pony and said he had to come see us.
"He described our show as 'excellence through awfulness'... so we're pretty harsh or abrasive, but we have fun.
"It's definitely pop-punk but it sounds kind of like crazy, drunk, fun."
Looking forward to performing for a hometown crowd, Kelson said it was also refreshing to actually be invited back to a venue.
"It's a new experience for us playing the same venue twice. We don't get to do it very often.
"That's kind of our thing.
"It's always great to come home and give mum and dad a chance to see us play."
Also visiting The Loft are Cash Savage and the Last Drinks, The Alamo and Kayla Dwyer on Saturday, while ARIA-charting indie six-piece Aspire swings by on Wednesday, along with Georgie Kai and Clubfeet.