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.

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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.

Holy Serpent, Filthy Lucre and Jungle City

Live at Worldsend Hotel, Adelaide SA, Friday 10th July 2015

I headed down to the Worldsend Hotel last Friday night for a hard rock experience full of sludgy riffs, hypnotic bass lines and spanking drum solos. Holy Serpent served up some heavy music as part of their Shroom Doom Tour, designed to make you chill out and sway back to forth to the mesmerizing tunes.

Kicking off the evening was Jungle City, a band I had seen a few times before; each time I am reminded of their balls-to-the-wall performance. This time was no exception. Every member of the band was rockin’ out and really feeling the music they were playing. I enjoyed Brenton Wilson’s epic voice and tasty guitar solos, backed effectively by Kaileb Rothwell on fuzzy bass and Luke Wilson on drums.

Next up was Filthy Lucre, a heavy rock duo from Adelaide. When they took to the stage I was getting a beverage, what I thought I heard was four people but I was presently surprised to find two musicians jamming out. Filthy Lucre has mastered a full sound with only two members; the resonances I heard were fat and the riffs were flavorsome. As the set continued, the drum performance from Ed Noble was so ferocious that a cymbal was cracked in the process. I was further impressed by the huge tones emanating from Luke Marsh’s unique cigar-box guitar.

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A heavy and flavorsome set by Filthy Lucre.

To end the evening, Holy Serpent provided a muddy and psychedelic set. All the way from Melbourne, these guys know how to put on a heroic doom rock show. Right from the beginning the riffs were big and in your face, just the way it should be. The tempos just slow enough so you can take in all the mud and distortion. Both guitarists, Scott Penberthy and Nick Donoughue, have crafted vintage guitar tones that generously outline the old school influences of the band.

What stood out for me was a performance of ‘Holy Serpent’, a tune that is featured on their latest self-titled record, Holy Serpent. It made the audience jump around and trip out to the head-banging rhythms and riffs that were being created on stage. The songs were leisurely and dirty, helping everyone get into the groove of a powerful and entrancing show.

This was one night of intense, filthy and psychedelic rock music. It was awesome to hear such low-down, grimy jams that captured the listeners imagination and emanated such power and drive. Check out these bands and cross over into a dooming, enthralling world of heavy rock for the love of music.

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Holy Serpent provided doom rock at it’s finest.