INDIGO BLAZE VIDEO/SINGLE LAUNCH
THE CORNER GALLERY
27 FEBRUARY 2021
Photos by Isabelle Haubrich
Based on their latest single, ‘Funk, Summer Brother, being permanently stuck in my head, I had the highest expectations of Indigo Blaze’s video/single launch at the Corner Gallery last Saturday. Here’s a band that knows how to write and record a tuuuuune! So, stands to reason that they’d also know how to perform the shit out of it and any other songs they chose to bring along to the party. That’s logical, isn’t it?
Ably led by front man, Rhys Gahan, who is all untrammelled energy and good-natured fireworks, this is a band that knows how to have a good time…
The Corner Gallery is a cosy nook on Hay Street in Subiaco, run by local music impresario and patron of the arts, Alex Miller. It’s a venue with a good vibe, kinda homely in the best sort of way and, by the time I rocked up, it was already buzzing with expectant punters. It’s good to see that the heart of Subiaco is still beating. Things felt vibed right from the very beginning.
So, to the undercard. I don’t know what it is with the four-band line up in Perth, but on nights like tonight, it does throw up some nice surprises, along with the occasional challenge.
First on stage was The Wedges. They played some songs, they experienced some PA problems and, after their set, their members stuck around to enjoy the rest of the night. So, they’ve got one part of the being in a local band thing right. Who knows with time, they may even get good at some of the other aspects of being in a band? Here’s hoping.
Next up, RATSALAD, an old school punk three-piece all the way from windy Geraldton that blew away the already packed house with a blistering set of short, fast loud. Fronted by twin vocalists Jaz on bass and Ken on guitar, and held together by Erica, one of the best punk drummers I’ve seen in a long time — all driving beats and tricky fills, but never too much of either — they were as modern as singing about having your period and as stunningly authentic as if they’d just time travelled in from the late 1970s.
RATSALAD are seriously good and will only get better with time, so go check ‘em out if you get the chance. I can’t wait to see them again. They’re also thoroughly nice people and looked after my companion for the evening, treating him like a lord. These people and their music are good vibes through to the core.
Sitting in the rising star spot was Otiuh, a hip hop MC crew who were totally mesmerising and sent waves of energy from the stage that drew the audience into their beats and rhymes. This is one slick outfit and, though their set was hit with some of the PA problems that likely turned the long-suffering sound engineer from a young to a very old human in the space of a few short hours, they rose above to deliver a performance that was polished, passionate and aurally delicious. This is a mighty outfit capable of delivering urban grooves and funked up wordscapes that few punters could resist. Otiuh came on stage with a lot of converts in the audience and left it with a lot more. Banging!
By the time Indigo Blaze stepped up to the Corner Gallery’s stage the crowd was already at fever pitch. People were expecting big things and, let’s not beat around the bush or pretend it could have been in any way different, they were given big, then enormous and then fucking supersized, as the five freaks on stage delivered a show that will remain in Perth’s music memory for a very long time. It’s been a good while since I’ve seen the sort of audience reaction to a local original band that Indigo Blaze invoked. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a reaction like this one for a local original band. The crowd went off, they lost all their reserve and just had a completely excellent time. It was a joy to behold.
Thinking back trying to figure out why, it strikes me that Indigo Blaze are one of those bands whose members live the sweaty dream from the stage. Ably led by front man, Rhys Gahan, who is all untrammelled energy and good-natured fireworks, this is a band that knows how to have a good time and audiences can’t help but get swept away. It also doesn’t hurt that they have the songs and the capacity to deliver them with bullet-like precision. This is one tight outfit that plays a brand of rap rock that can have you wondering, who is it they sound like? I fell into that trap the first time I saw them, but not this time. Indigo Blaze are true originals. Sure, they may fit neatly into a genre, but what they do is entirely their own and, my giddy aunt, they do it well!
Stepping on stage in pastel coloured fleecy leisure suits, Indigo Blaze pressed start and immediately switched on the boosters, taking us lucky punters along with them for a ride that ended up with the band’s members being in various states of undress by the time they’d finished the obligatory one more song. Everything that happened in between is a blur of quick-fire lyrical stylings, chunky, driving guitars and a rhythm section that kept everything far enough over the red line to make it feel dangerous. I enjoyed everything about their performance tonight and it’s not often you can say that and really mean it. I need to go see them again, any amount of right now, and so do you.