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.


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

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.

Muse – ‘Origin of Symmetry’

Released 17th July 2001

I recently acquired this classic album on vinyl and it is a welcomed walk down memory lane. Origin of Symmetry is a powerful statement by a band that, at the time, was relatively new and still finding their way. Muse packed musicianship, vocal ability, heavy riffage and melodic tunes into their second album, making it stand out as an essential album of the early 21st Century.

Before I even put Origin of Symmetry on the turntable, the cover and the inserts intrigued me. Opening the gate-fold of the double LP, artworks by various artists litter the housing all titled ‘Origin of Symmetry’. This imaginative idea compliments the album making even the cover exciting and unique, which is exactly what Muse is, this is further outlined in the music.

The first track ‘New Born’ kicks off the album with a hypnotic piano riff provided by Matthew Bellamy, then Christopher Wolstenholme’s fuzzy bass further adds to the repetitive nature. This fuzzy bass tone is prominent throughout the album forming what would be a signature Muse feature. Dominic Howard enters on the drums and Muse is in full swing, smashing out a viscous lick. The riff game is strong throughout Origin of Symmetry showing a heavier, rock influence that Muse possesses.

An absolute highlight of the entire album is the haunting and memorable vocal performance by Bellamy. With such a unique and intense voice, it catches the ear from the outset. As one gets further into the album, the appreciation for his musicianship and ability is easily recognized. Bellamy’s vocals come to a head in ‘Micro Cuts’, his falsetto is commanding and psychotic. The delivery is fitting and appropriate given the lyrical themes are dark, deep and haunting.

As I put the second LP on the record player, I prepared for ‘Citizen Erased’, which is an epic Muse creation starting heavy and riff based, then delving into different territory. The use of effects and spacey keyboards add texture and depth to this bold musical creation. This song in particular indicates the sound Muse had started to develop, which was a sophisticated and larger scale of composition.

Almost closing the album is a tremendous, and now famous, cover of ‘Feeling Good’ composed originally by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. This is a new take on an old classic and is done with such taste and understanding, again showcasing Bellamy’s trained vocals. Every time I hear this ‘Feeling Good’ rendition I think back to when I saw Muse at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in 2007, for the Black Holes and Revelations Tour. In the third verse Bellamy sang through a megaphone to get the same tone that had been captured on the recording. This is the magnificence of this album; most songs lend themselves to a live environment with ease. I can picture songs like ‘Hyper Music’, ‘Plug In Baby’ and ‘Bliss’ being performed live and an audience going crazy, just by listening to the record. This live nature is truly magical considering the album was produced in 2001, and is an indication of an incredible band.

Origin of Symmetry is a dark and beautiful album by one of the greatest bands of the past 15 years. Each song flows into each other making a tremendous record full of exciting and unique characteristics that is only Muse. With originality at the forefront, take a journey back to the beginnings of Muse for the love of music, and discover why they have become one of the biggest bands in the world.

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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.