Filthy Lucre, Silent Duck and Rat Ta’Mango

Live at Jive, Adelaide SA, Saturday 30th January 2016

The doors opened on Saturday evening at Jive to a hoard of hard rock fans eager to celebrate the release of Filthy Lucre’s debut full-length album Mara. As the venue started to fill, the first tasty band prepared to warm up the crowd for what was to come…

Getting things moving was local Adelaide psych-rock band Rat Ta’Mango. Having seen this band name previously around town, I was intrigued to hear them live and to put a sound to that peculiar name. I was impressed and satisfied by the bluesy tones that echoed throughout Jive and got the early birds moving on the dance floor.

Smack bang in the middle of the night was a quirky, quacky 6-peice band called Silent Duck. Full of unique humor, funky riffs and brassy horns, Silent Duck impressed throughout their forty-minute set. The crowd banter and vocal performance provided by ‘Sexman’ was on fire. I instantly noticed Frank Zappa type influences; the mix of horn section and rock ‘n’ roll music, with spoken vocals splashed here and there was aesthetically pleasing and quite progressive in many respects.

Silent Duck 30-1-2016Silent Duck  showcased their brassy funk-rock tunes.

To round off the night satisfying everyone’s burning desire to hear the tastiest, most blistering and intense riffs of all time, Filthy Lucre took to the stage. Vowing to play every song off the new album, I knew we were in for a treat.

Filthy Lucre is made up of Luke Marsh on guitars, cigars and vocals and Ed Noble on drums and percussion. This band only has two members but manages to create a huge sound; I am surprised and impressed every time, especially when I hear the cigar-box guitar put into action. It is full and in your face, making you stand up and move to the music.

From beginning to end Filthy Lucre brought the big guns, fat, chunky riffs were flying all around Jive. The energy was high on stage and off stage, with many fans in the crowd moshing and jumping around to the music hitting our ears. I’m pretty sure that drummer Ed Noble, was standing up for most of the gig!

All I could think of at the end of the night was how fortunate I am to have experienced such a powerful and memorable performance from Filthy Lucre. I had never seen such excitement and vigor in the local scene, the crowd was giving back the intense energy that they were receiving from the performers. It was a positive night full of sleazy, dirty rock music and Filthy Lucre were the stars.

As the night came to a close, I felt excited because I couldn’t wait to hear Mara, the album I was holding in my hands. I hoped that the sheer, exhilarating live performance of Filthy Lucre would be translated onto the studio record and the thick, fat tones would be captured for all to hear. I guess I will have to listen and find out… for the love of music.

Filthy Lucre 30-1-20156A solid riff-rock performance by Filthy Lucre made Jive go crazy.

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Ollie English – ‘Cabin Thoughts’

Released 9th December 2015

The first time I heard Ollie English I was mesmerized by his smooth voice and substantial blues influence. I finally got to experience his live show with a full band and pick up a copy of his new EP, Cabin Thoughts. After seeing Ollie perform and listening to the EP a few times, I can safely say the future of blues is in good hands…

The EP starts quietly with acoustic guitar and a beautiful falsetto vocal performance on ‘I Know You’re Gonna Leave’. This track shows how Ollie English has taken traditional blues influences and mixed them seamlessly with modern alt-pop aspects. Before long the drums and bass enter providing the first of many solid grooves that feature throughout Cabin Thoughts. When ‘I Know You’re Gonna Leave’ builds to a head, power and pain are felt simultaneously within the vocals as a scream from Ollie bellows and effortlessly compliments the dynamical characteristics of the tune.

Cabin Thoughts continues to be dynamical and emotive with nothing but acoustic guitar and vocal in ‘Winter Sun’. Ollie easily goes between raspy, gritty vocals and clean, expressive falsetto with musical stops placed strategically during the song adding significance to the solemn lyrical themes and vocal theatrics. The acoustic riff is memorable and guaranteed to get stuck in your head for the rest of the day (and that’s definitely not a bad thing).

Ollie English continues to impress with ‘Let Her Run’ and ‘Doldrums’ providing full band arrangements with some funky grooves and tasty guitar dabbles. I feel myself moving to the rhythms gracing my ears, thinking this is truly great music to listen to anytime, at a party or on a lazy Sunday afternoon, perfect for any occasion!

Ollie English proves that blues music is still alive and kicking. There is still much ground to be explored that has been formerly paved out by historic and famous blues musicians; English is elegantly continuing this exploration. It is refreshing to hear exquisite homegrown blues talent coming up right here in Adelaide, and Ollie is set to make a name for himself in Australia and, eventually, around the world. Get your hands on Cabin Thoughts for a modern blues experience and for the love of music!

Wasted Wanderers, Max Savage and the False Idols and Conchillia

Live at Jive, Adelaide SA, Friday 18th December 2015

On a stinking hot Friday night in Adelaide, many made their way down to Jive for a night of performances by local music royalty. I got to Jive nice and early to catch the full evening of tunes, knowing all too well that it was going to be an evening not to be missed.

The crowd was warmed up by unique alt-world-pop act Conchillia in traditional Conchillia fashion. Having just unveiled their new single, ‘Hunter or a Gatherer’, a couple of weeks earlier, they were at the top of their game ready to gather up the audience and hunt out their ears with their tight, worldly grooves. A jam on ‘Follow The Sun’ reminded me yet again of the high quality musical ability of each member of Conchillia.

Conchillia 18-12-2015Conchillia impressed with horn arrangements and fat grooves.

Bursting onto the stage just after 10 o’clock was Max Savage and the False Idols. The set progressed with power and commanded authority. Loud and in-your-face country rock was on the menu and was delivered hot and tasty with tunes like ‘Undertaker’ standing out in the set. I have been singing the songs in my head ever since and look forward to seeing Max Savage rock out again soon!

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To end the evening Wasted Wanderers put on a tremendous show full of intricate harmonies, refined vocal performances and bluesy guitar runs that would make any music goer weak at the knees. With memorable tunes like ‘Goddamn Anything’ and rocking jams like ‘Uncomfortable Shoes’, the Wanderers put on a show to remember.

A stand out for the evening was a rendition of ‘Keep It To Yourself’. This catchy, poppy tune always has the audience singing and clapping along. It’s songs like this that demonstrate how engaging and vibrant the stage presence of the Wasted Wanderers are. The whole band was on fire throughout the entire set, getting people moving and loving the music hitting their ears!

To finish off the evening a couple of encore tunes from the Wasted Wanderers were on the table since the crowd loved the music so goddamn much! It was a remarkable ending to a night of sheer excitement and notable performances from each band. Conchillia impressed with world influences, Max Savage and the False Idols brought country with a twist and Wasted Wanderers delivered some rockin’ blues forming a complete night of music at Jive. Get out there and see what world-class bands are on offer in little old Adelaide for the love of music and you may discover your new favorite band.

Wasted Wanderers 18-12-2015Everyone was dancing and singing along with Wasted Wanderers.

Cherry Grind – ‘A Room With A View’

Released 18th November 2015

With great pleasure I get to experience the long awaited debut album, A Room With A View, from Adelaide rockers Cherry Grind. Possibly one of the most anticipated album releases of 2015, a year that has been full of new music and fresh tunes, it shows that rock ‘n’ roll is not dead. The tasty jams will convince you.

A Room With A View is a classic rock influenced album, with various modern twists, full of catchy hooks, powerful vocal performances and bluesy guitar solos. The album opens with ‘No One Home’ that proves you’re in for a ride as Cherry Grind takes you back in time. Before you know it, ‘Dusty Road’, the first single from the album, blasts onto the scene with fat riffs and groovy madness.

Cherry Grind’s rawness and live appeal has been captured on A Room With A View. The listener only needs to crank the volume and close their eyes to experience the power of Cherry Grind. The album was produced by Bob Daisley, previously of Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Uriah Heep fame (just to name a few), and recorded by Mick Wordley and the band themselves. All parties have done a solid job in achieving the characteristically raw sound and encapsulating the stage presence of the band on the record.

In contrast to the live nature of the album, ‘Sunlight’ stands out as showing a different side to the hard rock band. Keyboard features prominently provided by Sam Patsouris along with intricate harmonies from Patsouris and bassist Peter Cerlienco. Furthermore, Jack Stevenson provides emotionally driven guitar parts. Stevenson’s guitar finesse is on fire throughout the entire album and is definitely worth hearing.

A few classic Cherry Grind numbers that fans have come to know and love are featured on the album like ‘The Gap’ and ‘A Minor Problem’, along with new grooves like ‘The Fool’ and ‘See You Again’. Even from the first listen, I was jumping around to the world-class rock ‘n’ roll, with the scrumptious riffs and beguiling melodies sticking in my head.

Cherry Grind has crafted a killer rock album that will make your feet stamp, hands clap and lips slap, or something like that. They combine all the nostalgic influences of what makes rock music brilliant and popular. Have a listen to A Room With A View for the love of music and you won’t regret it.

Anathema and Icecocoon

Live at The Gov, Hindmarsh SA, Tuesday 27th October 2015

On Tuesday evening I witnessed a band that has been a big part of my life over the past six or seven years. Anathema has provided me with various emotionally driven soundtracks for my life at different stages, they have helped me through hard times and provided me with tunes for the good times. I was intrigued to hear how the Anathema catalogue might sound in an acoustic arrangement.

Kicking off the evening was local Adelaide act Icecocoon. They played a stripped back all acoustic set, in keeping with the evening’s theme. I was impressed by the musicality of the members and the interesting vocal harmonies presented. With many progressive aspects and some groovy tracks, Icecocoon warmed up the audience for what was to come.

Anathema took to the stage as a trio comprised of Daniel Cavanagh, Vincent Cavanagh and Lee Douglas. Starting off the set was ‘The Lost Song (Part 2)’ from their latest album Distant Satellites. Showcasing the vocals of Lee Douglas and giving a taste of what was to follow sonically, the song shone in an acoustic light with harmonies and guitar parts from the Cavanagh brothers.

As the set progressed there were many expressive songs that were extremely powerful when played in an acoustic setting. I was holding back the tears throughout ‘Dreaming Light’. Over the course of the song and the night Vincent Cavanagh’s voice was unique and powerful, it’s one of the reasons I am drawn to Anathema time and time again. Mixed with the compositional talents of Daniel Cavanagh, this makes Anathema a well-rounded group that connects and communicates seamlessly with the innermost depths of one’s soul.

Moments of crowd participation stood out in an intimate situation. Vincent urged us to put the flashlights on our phones on and light the stage while the house lights were switched off. A performance of ‘A Natural Disaster’ followed and the room felt like one big unit, all working together to create inimitable musical memories.

Before closing out the set with an acoustic cover of Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)’, Daniel announced: “To anyone who thinks that acoustic isn’t cool, check this out!” He then proceeded to rock The Gov with his acoustic guitar and some help from the audience.

Despite a few obnoxious hecklers, quickly put in their place throughout the evening, it was a smooth, intimate and emotional performance by Anathema. Any doubts and uncertainties of an acoustic show were immediately blown out the water from the first song. Anathema put on a performance to remember and I was so happy to have experienced their music in this close, acoustic setting for the love of music.

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Electric Exiles, Jungle City and Mark Curtis

Live at The Crown and Anchor, Adelaide SA, Friday 21st August 2015

In a packed out Crown and Anchor on Friday night, Electric Exiles put on an engaging performance celebrating the release of their new single, ‘A Dizzy Fashion’. It was an evening of tremendous songwriting and enthralling high-energy music.

Kicking off the evening was Mark Curtis in traditional acoustic fashion. Showcasing mostly intricate originals with a few memorable covers, it was a charming set that got everyone warmed up for the night ahead. A cover of ‘Thirteen’ by Big Star got the front man of Electric Exiles, John-Paul, onto the stage. Tasty harmonies and tender vocals ensued, and a crisp expressive take on an old classic.

Blasting onto the stage, Jungle City reminded me of their high energy original rock ‘n’ roll tunes. Right from the first words of ‘Suicide Shuffle’, the room was along for the ride. The set progressed with groovy drums and thumping bass lines. The old school feels were in full swing however when singer Brenton Wilson announced the band was going to play something new. Jungle City launched into a blues-rock number that had the Cranker hanging on every note. With thoughtful dynamics and a carefully composed guitar solo, Jungle City presented their mature songwriting in a consistently energetic performance.

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Jungle City
captivated with their rock jams.

As the Crown and Anchor started to fill up, Electric Exiles made their way onto the stage for what would be an outstanding show. Starting the set with ‘Loser Girl’, they mesmerized with their catchy melodies, jangly guitar and powerful sing-along hooks.

Each time I see Electric Exiles I am impressed by the band’s image. Dressed in paisley shirts, long-sleeved skivvies, denim jackets and blazers, it was a distinctive dress code harking back to a retro time. Interestingly, it does not take away from the music which graces your ears, it thoughtfully adds to the remarkable ‘60s and ‘70s garage-pop influenced tunes.

Further adding to the band’s overall image were the infectious stage antics of front man John-Paul. Dancing around and rockin’ out like a star, it was a pleasure to witness as he had everyone falling in love with him around the room. In keeping with the ’60s themes, I watched as John-Paul swung the microphone around like Rodger Daltrey of The Who. Along with Danny slapping the bass, Teon spanking the drums and Matt tickling the keys, all jumping around and getting into the music, it made for an unforgettable rock show.

The new single, ‘A Dizzy Fashion’, was smashed out making the audience go wild. “Na na na” was bellowed throughout the Cranker, as the drums, vocals, bass and guitar all played as one tight musical unit to form an extremely catchy intro. Having only heard the song a couple of times before, I was happily singing the melody all night long.

During the evening John-Paul announced that there would be an EP coming out soon. So to end the set Electric Exiles played what hopefully could be the next single off the EP, ‘Garden Maze’. The fresh tune got the audience dancing to the solid rhythms and singing along to the anthemic choruses. That is the beauty of Electric Exiles, having heard the song for the first time, anyone could sing along and feel included. Not many bands possess this unique songwriting technique, which make Electric Exiles distinctively exceptional.

The debut Electric Exiles EP is set to come out later this year, and judging by Friday night, it is going to be an important must-have EP. The whole evening was exciting, interesting and superb from beginning to end. Electric Exiles incorporate pop-rock songwriting magic into a one-of-a-kind live show that needs to be seen to be believed. So get out there and check out these breathtaking artists for the love of music.

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Catchy songs and an on-point performance, Electric Exiles were exhilarating.

Cherry Grind

Live at Jetty Bar, Glenelg SA, Saturday 8th August 2015

I was excited to head down to the Jetty Bar last Saturday night to experience a huge evening of music performed by one of my favorite Adelaide bands, Cherry Grind. With a full-length album on the way, they just keep getting better and better. Each time I see them I am taken aback by the old school grooves, sophisticated musicianship and tasty originals.

The night consisted of a mixture of various covers and originals. Cherry Grind are not afraid to let their influences show, they are tremendous at performing classic rock tunes from the 1960s and 1970s, providing truthful recreations for their audience. They then hit the concertgoer with an original, perfectly in keeping with the vintage themes but also refreshing and new.

Cherry Grind is made up of Sam Patsouris on vocals and guitar, Jack Stevenson on lead guitar, Peter Cerlienco provides thumping bass and some vocals, and Zach West holds it all together on drums. These guys have been playing together for a while; it is evident in the chemistry shared between them on stage, both musically and personally, making for a great performance and polished songs.

The first set progressed smoothly with different originals scattered amongst well-known covers. Early in the set a rendition of ‘Walk This Way’ was performed getting everyone warmed up and in the dancing mood. Next up was an original called ‘The Gap’, it displayed the classic rock influences Cherry Grind encompasses so seamlessly into their music. Full of powerful riffs, tasty guitar solos and spanking drums, with funky bass lines underneath, Cherry Grind’s originals are a highlight of the new music available to be discovered in today’s modern world.

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Cherry Grind put on a show full of hard rock classics and originals.

What I enjoyed most about Cherry Grind is the sophisticated and refined vocal performance of Sam Patsouris. Each time I see the band I am reminded of the sheer power and range of his vocals, making everyone in the venue stand up and take notice. With performances of Led Zeppelin classics, ‘Whole Lotta Love’ and ‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’, Sam’s voice shines, hitting all the notes impeccably and getting the tone and delivery spot on.

As song after song was played, I watched the Jetty Bar fill up. People were mesmerized, not only by the vocals but also by the high-voltage guitar solos of Jack Stevenson. With remarkable guitar runs in covers of ‘Sunshine of Your Love/Crossroads’ and ‘Black Dog’, it was obvious why Cherry Grind can pull such a large crowd.

The set came to a head with the performance of the original ‘A Minor Problem’ to a Jetty Bar full of hard rock fans. The vocals kicked off the song with incredible energy, punching the listener in the face from the very first note. The guitars then entered playing a fat riff, with thumping bass from Peter Cerlienco that was felt all around the room. The entire venue was enthralled in a perfect hard rock ‘n’ roll universe that only Cherry Grind can create with their quality high-energy originals.

It was an evening to remember from beginning to end. Cherry Grind has shaped a juicy world of exciting, raw and memorable hard rock music that is itching to explode in your ears. With talk of a new album soon to be released, Cherry Grind continues to provide good old rockin’ tunes, keeping great classic rock music alive in the process. Get on down to the next Cherry Grind gig and rock out for the love of music, you will not be disappointed.

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The room was filled by the tasty tunes of Cherry Grind.