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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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.