Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Great place: damn cheap beer ($10 jugs), excellent tunes upstairs (zappa, stones...), free entry(might not have been free for everyone), brilliant bands (payed $20 to see the same line up a couple of weeks ago), decent sound.
Would definitely return for some good cheap fun!
A Planet In Space
These guys were awesome again, in fact I did a bit of research before rocking up tonight and listened to a bit of their music on JJJ unearthed website. They have some great original tunes, that also have a decent longevity. Seeing them live tonight was an eye-opener as to how awesome they play their gigs, their live versions are typically 150% the length of their recordings, with many songs perfectly meshed together.
The lead singer/guitarist broke a string 1 song into the show, and without so much as signalling to his band mates to wait up, he put down the guitar, jumped off the stage, strolled over to a guitar case on the ground, grabbed a new guitar, came back to the stage, changed the strap, tuned up, moved the broken string guitar out of the way, then got straight into a song with the other guys whom in the meantime had been jamming with a bongo focus - flawless execution of improvisation.
I cant praise these fellows enough, great performance ethic and an awesome sound to back it up!
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
The zoo was a great venue for tunes... there was good food available, it was BYO, and there were really odd birds flying around. The catch was that it was kind of pricey, however, I won tickets so poo poo to you I guess.
Still an excellent band that actually do live up to all the hype that surrounds them. The crowd chilled on their picnic blankets as they played all the songs that I know but can't remember which is which. I'm pretty certain Skeleton Tiger is my favourite, as I've mentioned previously, there's a moment when this crazy drum rythm drops in and I totally lose my shit every time. Their EP does it no justice. It was also interesting to note there was a second guitarist on stage... I have no idea who it was or why he was there. Perhaps the 3 have become 4?
Eddy Current Supression Ring
I had briefly seen these guys years ago before they sort of blew up, and to be honest... I thought I had read somewhere that the whole band were disabled. I don't know why I even thought this, I'm wrong, and I apologise to the band, and anybody that was offended when I called them the Steady Eddy Current Supression Ring.
These guys tore the place up. While the crowd was relaxed and comfortable during Tame Impalas set, as soon as ECSR hit the stage everyone was on their feet. They ripped through tune after tune, few which I recognised, and by the time the sun had set... there was the most energetic mosh pit I had seen since year 12 in my High School gym. Crowd surfing, stage diving... awesome. The tunes were really good, proper rock music. Singer Brendan Suppression has a real Aussie twang, which really works with the riffage supplied by the other dudes. If you get a chance to see these guys, take it, I'm annoyed it took me this long to get into them.
I also invite pat to explain what the hell an Eddy Current Suppression Ring is... I looked it up, but Pat knows about that kinda stuff so he'll explain it better. Maybe.
(All I know is: the spiral path an incompressible fluid takes upon passing a solid object is an Eddy (current), like gasses make vortices. This expression is also used to describe an electromagnetic effect in circuits - or rings? - and suppression something that be done to an interference signal. Overall I'd say someone in this band had studied a bit of physics, or has a keen interest in electromagnetics and thus produced an awesome band name!)
Was this review any good? The event was BYO so I had a lot to drink... my review was based on some fuzzy memories.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
What is the deal with February? We are struggling to find a bad show at the moment!East Brunswick Club
We returned once again after last weeks great experience, especially after reading a poor review of one of our new favorite venues in Inpress. After seeing another show here I still think it has excellent sound, in particular the equalising/mixing, it is much bassier than most venues. Jim and I appreciate this but maybe that's because we're going deaf from seeing too many gigs, however seeing more gigs probably makes our opinion more valid than Inpress'. Something negative I can say though is just that the fans at this place are really noisy between bands and quite chilly on a cold night.
A Planet In Space
Absolutely awesome. Like The Mars Volta bring Latin style to progressive rock, these guys have brought Reggae with a fantastic result. Their songs were fairly long; playing 6 songs in 45 minutes. They are a Melbournian four piece featuring a guitarist, a bassist/electronics operator and 2 awesome drummers. I estimate they played roughly 6 songs and 2 drum solos in they're 45 min set. They are all incredibly talented and highly technical musicians. I think the only thing holding them back from exploding into the industry is their image, not that I care about such things - they were awesome.
Matt Kelly and The Keepers
A bit too much like old radiohead/jeff buckley to sound very original. Also a bit pretentious to have that style band name when the whole band writes the music but I found out this guy is some relative of Paul Kelly and apparently has a case of egocentric-frontman syndrome. They were a bit boring after the previous band, soo boring in fact I'm writing this review while matt is whining and I admit it, I just heckled them.
The Reefs are a reggae band with a bit of a rock taste thrown into the mix. Again as was the case with the previous band they were overshadowed by A Planet in Space for me, even though they were the headline act. They had some good live moves and they looked a bit more experienced than APiS (hahaha). They also succeeded at making us bop and enjoy ourselves, so cant complain about that. Good night overall.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Awesome night! We managed to see the Berlin based Devastations last night in their only Australian gig. This three piece formed in Melbourne originally, then migrated to Germany to make a name for themselves in Europe. This was a remarkable night, I'd say at this stage the best show all year.
East Brunswick Club
This was a great venue: average bar prices, good tap beer variety, nice beer garden, excellent sound. Fantastic sound actually, very deep chest-resonating bass and bass drum. In the band room, sound good be heard perfectly (and very loudly!) anywhere in the room. Excellent quality system and great mixing was a bit of a holiday from usual venues, this one really felt like some engineering had gone into it's design.
Five piece Melbourne band with a singer that looked a hellofalot like Mick Jagger. They had a great sound and I'm going to keep a look out for any CDs of these guys as they left me wanting more. A bit of psychedelic rock is always appreciated in some way by the two of us (and often loathed when a band is in over their heads) and these guys won our vote, look out for them.
So good, so polished and such a privilege to be present at such a one off gig while the guys are in Melbourne. These guys are a bit bigger in Europe playing regularly with the likes of Blonde Redhead and were also at the last All Tomorrows Parties festival in London.
This gig however was the first time I'd seen them and I was really looking forward to it - which in my personal experience tends to be a way to wreck a good gig. However they still exceeded my expectations and were awesome. They played a decent selection of their music from their 3 albums along with a new song. A song from their latest album: Rosa - actually started twice; a d!ckhead jumped on stage (later recognised by Jim as an Inpress Journalist he met once) ran around for a bit and then jumped off but managed to take some of the guitarists equipment with him resulting in a disconnected guitar right before the solo that almost ruined the final song! Luckily the guitarist was still in a great mood and they started the song again, but they all played it a bit differently to the first time and although d!ckheads aren't usually appreciated, I think he enabled us to witness a great live moment. I thank you d!ckhead from inpress!
Once that finished the band came back to the stage to perform a 3 song encore, which was very generous. I know we witnessed a one off and extra special gig that will take a truly mind boggling event to remove Devastations from my top live bands.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tonight we ventured out to the Paris Cat deep within the CBD of Melbourne to see a singer/songwriter who has been getting a some press recently with the release of his debut solo album Land or Sea.
This was the smallest venue visited in the 100 gigs so far and chock full of character. High quality furniture, mood lighting and intimate stage arrangement made for an excellently classy gig atmosphere. Of course this level of class doesn't come without drink prices to suit but you can never have everything.
This was James' first gig with the new album and I had not previously heard anything as it is recorded on Land or Sea. I'd probably put James' style deeply submerged in pop, but that doesn't tell a reader anything, I would suggest you listen to it here. Throughout the performance James sang/played piano and was accompanied by a guitar, drums, bass and a choir of 3 fine young ladies. The arrangement and utilisation of each instrument provided a lot of depth and variety to the music making it all the more interesting.
The bass and piano combination were a noticeably prominent driving force in most of the songs while the guitar seemed to noodle around and deliver a memorable riff occasionally. The singers sounded great and gave a very live feel to the act, particularly when they were dancing.
One memorable moment during the set was the song Got No Friends which was very amusing to hear. Another great moment came unexpectedly in the form of a Reprise! It's a great move to finish where you start and a reprise was a fantastic way to top off an excellent set.
Watch out for James Hampton!
Monday, February 2, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
SUMMER NOISE FESTIVAL
BIG DAY OUT
THE REVOLVER (10/1/2009)
(Noise bar is awesome also but further away)
Top 5 Bands
TV ON THE RADIO
Top 5 Performers
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS
Minds Eye Award
The name for this award is the song title of the song that was being played the first time I had the feeling at a gig that the band we were watching were way too awesome to be playing for a donation at a place this sh!tty. The fact that Wolfmother recently broke up is not important but they did make it big about a year and a half after we saw them.
FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS
I couldn't decide on a good name for this award, Rise of the Machines Award is too long....Anyone have any better ideas? comment on this entry!
COG @ BIG DAY OUT