Saturday, November 29, 2008

Clockcleaner On Fire at Rosies

Sorry but it had to be said.

Thursday night was memorable for all the wrong reasons.

It started out OK with sets by local bands Z Rays and Slug Guts. Seen Z Rays before and had the same problem again; vocals. The first time i saw them I couldn't see the stage very well and it was about halfway through their set before I realized they weren't an instrumental band. They really should talk to the sound guy.

Missed the first song or two from Slug Guts but their sound was more balanced. I enjoyed their set though the second last song did go on a bit. Will see them again.

Snake Run was 10 minutes of straight up punk. Loud fast and incomprehensible. They are good at it. I just aren't really interested in it. There was a recording glitch at about 7 min and I lost about 20 secs of their set. There is a quick fade in/out so the jump isn't too disconcerting.

For me, Clockcleaner were disappointing. The high pitched guitar sound was promising during the warm up but once the songs started it all turned into a mush especially with the amount of reverb in the vocals. Apart from that I thought the songs just weren't that good.

Mind you most of the crowd seemed to be enjoying themselves. Especially the hard core fans down the front. So much so that during a cover of Divine Hammer [it's not easy to turn that song into a dirge but they were trying real hard] one of them decided that the only way to show his appreciation was to light a fire at Sharkeys feet using the toilet paper another guy had liberated earlier.

Much hilarity ensued until someone thought to use the powder fire extinguisher firstly with a quick shot at the fire, then emptying the rest into the air. Minutes later we [everyone in the building] are on the sidewalk watching the fire brigade enter the not quite towering inferno. I learnt two things; that powder tastes like shit, and people who light fires for fun are beneath contempt whether they have a 'problem' or not.

The Z Rays - Live @ Rosies - 27 Nov 2008 49.24 MB
Slug Guts - Live @ Rosies - 27 Nov 2008 30.98 MB
Snake Run - Live @ Rosies - 27 Nov 2008 14.78 MB
Clockcleaner - Live @ Rosies - 27 Nov 2008 52.82 MB

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Narwhals

Went to the Troubadour with every intention of staying all night but managed to catch The Narwhals only before illness struck and I crawled home to bed. But enough of me. Here's the Narwhals. They play instrumental garage/soulish things.

The Narwhals - Live @ The Troubadour - 22 Nov 2008 [56.85MB]

Monday, November 17, 2008


I had no idea this was on until about an hour before it started. So out in the rain and into Ric's where a small but friendly crowd saw Melbourne based NintyNine deliver a highly enjoyable set. The band is led apparently by one of the two keyboard/guitarist/percussionists but seriously, the spotlight was literally on the drummer and it was hard to take your eyes off someone who so obviously enjoys his work. Unfortunately the vocals were under amplified esp the second mic and can be hard to hear on a couple of songs.

NinetyNine - Live @ Rics - 16 Nov 2008 52.68 MB

Bonus: indiie has video of the gig up on youtube
You'll see what I mean about the drummer.

Mass Migration EP Launch

at the Hanger was a great night featuring post rock band Nikko, singer/songwrier Tom Cooney [with chorus] and Mass Migration. I was surprised that the inclusion of Tom Cooney in the lineup worked so well. I'm not a big fan of singer/songwriters but I admit I did enjoy his set.

As a bonus I include part of a set by Edward Guglielmino from the Hanger a couple of weeks ago. Another singer/songwriter though he had help on the night on keyboard and guitar. I only have part of the set because the Hanger can get really hot sometimes and I was feeling it that night and had to step out for air after about 20 minutes.

Mass Migration was great as is the EP.

Mass Migration - Live @ The Hanger - 15 Nov 2008 54.66 MB
Nikko - Live @ The Hanger - 15 Nov 2008 56.03 MB
Tom Cooney - Live @ The Hanger - 15 Nov 2008 - Broadcast 49.05 MB
Edward Guglielmino - Live @ The Hanger - 01 Nov 2008 39.12 MB

Bakelite Age

came to Brisbane and headed a night of three different types of loud sweaty rock.

The straight garage sounds of The Z Rays

The Z Rays - Live @ The Step Inn - 14 Nov 2008 40.72 MB

the greasy soul rockers Vegas Kings

Vegas Kings - Live @ The Step Inn - 14 Nov 2008 54.61 MB

and the dark pop rock squall that is the Bakelite Age

Bakelite Age - Live @ The Step Inn - 14 Nov 2008 70.47 MB

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Dandy Warhols

certainly give you your monies worth. 2hr 20min of hits and more hits. The band were particularly pleased with the election results and instead of a bucket bong which apparently they have been known to take a mid set break with, toasted Obama's victory with champagne.

The Dandy Warhols - Live @ The Tivoli - 05 Nov 2008 [185.29MB]

This is dedicated to that guy in my left ear. The bands biggest fan on the night. I hope you enjoy it.