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“Even if I choke and fall I’ll be knocking at your door all the time, all the time and what.. Could see now, for you wretched soul?

 

 

 

F*ck I was doing so well, getting these up in a timely manner then relapsed into actually having a life and neglected this blog. Here goes another attempt with my review of a freaking awesome show with additional unpublishable inserts…

You know walking into Fowlers Live and seeing seven guys onstage with black masks over their heads, in nothing but their boxers means you’re in for a show. What kind is yet to be decided but so far standing in the dark drawn to the choreographed mayhem onstage I am somewhat dubious to Adelaide band PUSH WOOD and their half-arsed display of metal anarchy…

 …Giving each other the finger and pussy-pushing each other around I’m told they are opening because Jonathan Boulet are borrowing their equipment. The sound was heavy, they have potential and I loved it when one of the guitarists was playing his guitar with the metal stage bar and the drummer’s symbols but I just don’t believe them… 

If you’re trying to push the envelope and act hard-core don’t give someone a half-arsed shove, knock them off the stage. From the way they looked, to the statement they were trying convey they just didn’t bring the noise. It’s like they were “hell-raising within the boundaries”, too worried to really create a scene in-case they don’t get asked back. No big finale at the end, nothing special, Henry Rollins would have stayed by the bar… [correction; would’ve pissed himself laughing]

 …You couldn’t get a more eclectic line-up for the night, as next up were The Bakers Digest a self-titled ‘folk-n-roll’ band also from Adelaide, dressed in button up shirts, in various pastel shades and black ribbon tied in bows around their necks… 

 …Looking the part and playing a very seventies southern rock sound, they started to draw in the crowd with their funky, electrified folk-rock music and those long locks. With a great visual and a few fantastic key’s solos they played known songs ‘Money Goes Lately’ and ‘Rio’ as well as a very cool cover of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s get it on’…

[my mission for the perfect face-shot while battling slight hair envy]

 …They are a band on the rise, their set is tight and they seem really comfortable and at ease onstage. This is a band who knows what they are about, conjure up feelings of elder-year music nostalgia (in a good way) and yet have a fresh perspective about them. I am very keen to see them again…

 …Jonathan Boulet came on to a packed but not at capacity crowd with ‘Black Smokehat’. A confident and really penetrating performer who seems beyond his years, it feels like he is really looking at you as averse to keeping up a barrier between the crowd and the performer… 

…The whole band played really well together and with extra percussion and Jonathan stomping around the mood onstage really took off. Being at the front it was harder to distinguish the reaction of the crowd but I didn’t feel as big a vibe as I have in the past, nobody was really letting loose and you had one moron at the front who kept trying to fist-bump Jonathan repeatedly and another wanting to grab his beard…  

 …But enough of the negative, every track off the new album We Keep The Beat, Found The Sound, See The Need, Start The Heart, was played with gusto and my favourite song ‘Hallowed Hag’ was spookily good and crowd-stirring. They played with such enthusiasm that the drummer’s snare drum ripped and you could see the PUSH WOOD metal boys off to the side watching J.B’s performance in admiration. Yeah, that’s how it’s done fellas… 

…In the middle of the set one guy shouted out “it’s not just about you Jon” and J.B ribbed back “who said that? Fuck off!” with a sly smile before agreeing with him and complimenting and introducing his band. He did point to the guy before starting up again, and said “This next song is dedicated to that guy… it’s called ‘Trounce’”… 

 …‘This Song is Called Ragged’ actually lit a fire under the crowd’s arses and got every-one whooping and stomping as well as the other more well-known ‘Community Service Announcement’. During Boulet’s last song all of the PUSH WOOD guys ran onstage with tops off and the black sacks over their faces really causing a ruckus this time grabbing the Boulet team and jumping around but not affecting the brilliance of the last song. Great show.

 

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“But I am the war coward… I.. am.. the.. HERO”

Showing the locals some love, on a pretty mellow night, a little while ago with the line-up mainly consisting of local bands (cause two outta threeee ain’t bad). Yep two local Adelaide bands and one from way outta town, Brisbane-town to be exact. It was chilled, I was chilled -read super lazy and super yellow mellow – that I spent most of the gig sitting, hey at least I made the effort to leave the comfort of my home which is more than can be said for the rest of Adelaide as you can see from the turnout… read on

Sometimes it’s nice to sit down at gigs. Standing really can get overrated especially when comfy couches are involved. Last time I was at Jive it was a sold out madhouse, tonight the vibe is a lot more ‘glass of wine’ then ‘jaeger-bomb’ and so it started with a crowd of about twenty mainly made up of band members, family, friends and devotees. Sparkspitter started off nice and experimental with two band members sitting down, Rohan with the lapsteel and their sound immediately makes me think of Battles and Bath except more whimsical, musically pure and not so sample clunky – what a great describing word… 

… If you go on their bandcamp they are self-proclaimed ‘experimental-indie-minimalist-krautrock-postrock’ but that is as best you can try to categorise them and fit them into a box because those “tags” don’t really do it. This is 3am, stoner basement, Utopian music, the kind of which you could sit there staring at the walls listening to every sound or lie back and let the music overcome you… 

 (Told you it was great turnout. This is typical Adelaide freezing cold Saturday night effort right here)

All fifty people in the room were mesmerised as each song started off intrinsically, as one person would start with their part then another would come in, in what can only be described as layers, musical layers where science, art and music meet… 

Till the sound got more hypnotic, louder with such intensity, building and building until you could just burst wanting to climax already. Six to eight minutes long, with nearly no vocals and all three of them onstage eyes closed, in there cocoon of rapture and dysfunctional synchronicity… 

It was greatly intoxicating and there were a good number of people making a beehive for the stage after their set for a Sparkspitters CD…

 …Watching Brisbane band Founds set up it was interesting to see how they were going to fit all seven people; guitar, violin, bass, acoustic, keyboard, drums, synth, two tambourines and a sporadic trumpeter onstage, but they did…

Founds set was filled with strikingly powerful songs including “Avalanches” and “Holograms”, such was the commanding boom of joyful, harmonious music that came from that stage that it smacked you in the face and kept everyone back about four to five feet…

The two vocalists Kirstie and Elle-Louise’ harmonies are flawless and vocal range is perfection, they give the grace while the boys gave the momentum…

They remind me musically of a mixture of Florence, Mumford and the Von Trapp family to put it ignorantly, but they give off an amazing vibe onstage…

the bassist thrashing his hair around, the violinist frenetically playing alongside, a grand motley crew that gel so incredibly well together… 

Last but not least I got my butt off the couch not only because I wanted to sway and dance to the ethereal, psychedelic loveliness of Fire Santa Rosa Fire but also because the huge rush of fans to the stage had completely blocked my view… 

This was the fourth time that I have seen Fire Santa Rosa Fire and each time I fall more and more in love with the band. Ever friendly, ever humble and such a fantastic sound, they are one of my favourite Adelaide bands… 

Singer Caitlin mentions she had no voice two hours prior to the gig but her vocals are still amazingly as top notch as ever breezing through the setlist singing “Little Cowboys, Bad Hombres” which has great lyrics with Caitlin and Dave weaving a tale on vocals… 

“Panther Shrine” has one of the best hypnotic guitar plays with Metric-style vocals. Dave partook in some entertaining crowd banter trying to speak over the crowd jokingly telling everyone ‘would you pipe down dammit I’m trying to tell you a story.’…

I also may have jumped, clapping my hands like an excited Japanese tourist and squealed for joy when they played my all-time favourite song “War Coward” which – poo for you – they don’t play live that much anymore. It has a head swaying, cobra-dancing, stoner-grooving and very intense almost sexual Led Zeppelin-esque guitar jolt throughout… 

As well as “Phantom of Lakes” with its vocoder distortion, catchy moans, funky bass and guitar, a song that starts off so beautifully and grows in intensity and emotion. It was cool watching them play to a home crowd in a relaxed, chilled out and appreciative atmosphere… 

…There was this one guy at the front, who knew the lyrics to all the songs including the Kate Bush cover they did, drunk as a skunk eyes closed, finger wiggling, smiling, singing and bopping erratically but having the time of his life. Will he remember it tomorrow? Only that it was a great way to spend a Saturday night, that’s for sure.

Love them. I rate them if you get a chance you should totally see them.

Light a candle, close your eyes, have  a smoke and a groove to these;

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“Showing off tonight, you’ve gotta know the girls won’t let you down… Sha la-la-la-la-la-la-la”

Ha! This gig was fun. I’d already seen Deep Sea Arcade no less than a week before in Sydney for the launch of their ‘Outlands’ tour and thoroughly enjoyed the gig. I’d also managed to wrangle a great team of friends to come with and two hours prior heading to Jive we were knocking back the margaritas. Always one for mixing work with pleasure, thankfully I have a great memory for someone who was intoxicated and managed to knock out this review of the night…

So my first gig review for the AU review and I’ve arrived late missing the first act Woe and Flutter but this is also from being stuck flirting with the nice lady at the door convincing her that I am actually supposed to be on the door-list…

 …I’ve brought with me a crowd, having seen Deep Sea Arcade a few weeks ago when they performed in Sydney for the same tour and have convinced them [my amigos] to come to this sold out Adelaide show – we know talent when we hear it. Finally through the door and I’ve already bagged a spot at the front, half price margaritas kicking in (reason for being late) and looking forward to limbering up with The Cairos

 …A male pop-punk-indie four-piece from Brisbane, getting great Triple J airplay with their song “Shame” and who look like they’re out past their curfew. “Lena” starts the set with a great toe-tapping head-nodding beat; a plucky guitar with beautiful imploring vocals weaves in and out of a harsher punk guitar thrash, bringing every-one closer to the stage and right into things…

 …My new favourite song “Yeah No” sounds so much catchier, sensual and funkadelic live which is awesome and it really feels great dancing with the ghosts of this old iconic 70’s nightclub. Bassist Reuben was in his element and really giving it thrust to this one, jutting back and forth to the addictive bass, long hair thrashing around…

…“Seasons of Snow” has lead vocalist Alistair screeching the chorus and a hint of Smiths-style guitar play while “Shame” had some girl come grab me and swirl me around the front of the stage singing our lungs out to the chorus… SHAME!!..

…A very good cover of “Bette Davis Eye’s” came towards the end and “We All Buy Stars” reminded me again why they sound like a modern day ‘Smiths…

 …Nick Weaver is a figure. While everyone is setting up he’s there pouting away tuning the bass in the most peacocking fashion I have ever seen in my life Mr ‘too cool for school’ and I can’t stop staring. Put him and Julian Casablancas in the same room and see who can do it better…

Deep Sea Arcade have a very British sound to them it’s no surprise to me that they have supported Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Kaiser Chiefs and The Charlatans. Their sound reminds me of Kasabian and The Beatles but they’re from Sydney and they rock in their own sixties- psychedelic-indie way. Appearing to the sound of Nancy Sinatra’s haunting “In my Room” they immediately jump into fast and jangly “Seen No Right”…

…Tonight is all about their new album launch for Outlands and although Jive is tiny it was just right and intimate for this modern sixties vibe. This album is full of songs that are so top of your lungs sing-worthy with fantastic vocals and I wailed along with everybody else to “Granite City”, “Lonely In Your Arms” and “Steam”. Nic McKenzie’s dreamy psychedelic voice floats through the room, up the back of your shirt and gives you shivers on songs like “Outlands”, “Together”, “All The Kids” and “Ride”…

 …Strangers became friends at Jive as one girl threw her faux-fur vest on-stage and Nic wore it proudly for a song – sweating in it the lucky lady. “Girls” went off. That is not an overstatement, having already made best friends with two guys in front of me and allowing them to get their creative juices flowing with my camera. Arms were linked, eyes closed, fingers pointing and bodies heaving to the sweet sounds…

*Because I was drunk and not holding the camera very steady I decided to make lemonade and create some animated GIF’s with the blurry images to re-create some of the magic =P Enjoy – Hope you have decent internet connection.

 …Disappearing for their timed encore the crowd yelled, cheered and screamed with ferocious withdrawal symptoms until they re-appeared, to an amazing cover of Chemical Brother’s “Let Forever Be”. I can’t remember what the last song was (or if the C.B’s cover was it) I was too intoxicated on the amazing vibe, great company and absolute rapture of how great these guys are live. The Adelaide gig filled with A-town love was by far much better than the pomposity of Sydney’s and Deep Sea Arcade gave back so much more of themselves in gratitude. I will be stalking their Facebook page to find out when they will be touring again.

And that will be pretty soon as they’re touring within the next month or so promoting another single off the album which is awesome because I’ll totally go and see them a third time, especially as they have a new guitarist and will be playing new material.

BUT the night wasn’t over, my friend started chatting to Alistar from The Cairos and he was super cool, so we went backstage and chilled out for a bit chatting with the rest of the band and the guys from Woe & Flutter…

Lock up your daughters. I did record a mini interview with the loutish bunch but the recording has since disappeared – maybe a good thing but totally hilarious as they did break out in song (Are You Gonna Be My Girl by Jet)

I’m down for supporting new music so I bought their EP and when Alistar offered to get the guys to sign it, he ran around getting me sweet nothings engraved…

 Yep. That’s a penis. He also ran off with my pen.

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