Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Hits Open The Hi-Fi Bar with The Drones later that night

It wasn't ready but they opened anyway. It's big, cool, multi-leveled, loud, expensive, not sure how to do stuff like serve drinks, did I say big? I love it already. Parking will be a pain but I don't drink much so I drive whereas most of the intended clientele drink like elephants facing a drought [and dance like them too] so it may not be a problem.

The bitches I have heard so far range from lousy sound to too expensive to drink which for a place you go to drink and listen to music would seem like deal killers. I didn't find the sound that bad. The Drones were loud but clear enough. The support bands sounded like all support bands do. The sound guy pushes the 'support band' button as they start and it get muddy. Every venue has that button. I also think that as more get played they will tune it up for the room. So I am very optimistic.

Like I said, I don't drink much [I'm waiting for you all to catch up] so people paying over $10 for a mixed can is very meh to me. Right next door is a public bar which I am sure will get hit hard before, during, and after future shows.

Overall I think that it will prove a boon for West End and I look forward to seeing how it fits in.

So here they are.

The Hits played a great set. Like I said, the sound was poor so this may not be the best intro to the band.

The Hits - Live @ The Hi-Fi Bar - 29 Apr 2009

Witch Hat grew on me after the first couple of songs and I admit to not taking as much notice of them as I should. I took the opportunity to study the crowd which the layout allows much more than other venues in Brisbane where you tend to only see the backof the people in front of you. Also I was standing to the right of the stage for this set and the bass is very prominent in the mix.

Witch Hat - Live @ The Hi-Fi Bar - 29 Apr 2009

The Drones are my favourite band right now. And this is a good set. A little bass boomy but otherwise fine.

EDIT: I have now heard the official release of this set and seriously you should get hold of that. It sounds way better than this one. If you really want a Havilah laden set try the Zoo recording from last year. The sound is much better.

The Drones - Live @ A New Bar In Brisbane - Apr 2009

Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Return of the Giants Of Science

was great. I didn't know you could fit that many riffs in one room. Supported by No Anchor and The Hits, massive riff machines in their own rights, I crowd loved it.

No Anchor - Live @ The Troubadour - 17 April 2009

The Hits - Live @ The Troubadour - 17 April 2009

Giants Of Science - Live @ The Troubadour - 17 April 2009

Good Friday

i heart hiroshima allowed back to Ric's and pack the place out for the first of three friday night shows in preparation for their assault on Europe. Show starts at midnight and the line was well formed by then. Not the best recording of them I have but try it anyway. Missed the second show last night but I'll be there next week for the last with Dick nasty oh yes I will.

i heart hiroshima - Live @ Ric's - 11 Apr 2009

I don't give links usually but if any europeans are reading here's their website. check the dates. you will have a good time believe me.

i heart hiroshima

in case anyone is upset by the name it is a [affectionate?] pisstake on Hiroshima Mon Amour the very great French fillum by Alain Resnais. Australian humour.

A Friend Of Mine and Death Mattel at The Step Inn

From the South and top a less than packed audience unfortunately were the fine bands Death Mattel and A Friend Of Mine.

Death Mattel - Live @ The Step Inn - 09 Apr 2009

A Friend Of Mine - Live @ The Step Inn - 09 Apr 2009

Support was Del Toro who suffered a flat battery sorry guys and No Anchor.

No Anchor - Live @ The Step Inn - 09 Apr 2009

Lofly Hanger

Only one set from the hanger. I arrived late and as an old man am subject to all the ailments of age especially tiredness after a working day. Sorry. But MoonJog were quite fine.

MoonJog - Live @ The Hanger - 04 Apr 2009

As a consolation prize here's Aaxxonn or something with double letters like that at Ric's that I appear to have forgotten about. Axxonn is Ian from No Anchor and Tom from Secret Birds

Axxonn - Live @ Ric's - 25 Mar 2009

French Sounds At The Step Inn

Nikko - Live @ The Step Inn - 02 Apr 2009

Svensson - Live @ The Step Inn - 02 April 2009