THE BEASTS & ADALITA
Pictures from Adam Tetlow
It was my last visit for 2019 to my 2nd home – The Rosemount Hotel, and it was a night that i knew wouldn’t let me down. Performing on this night were two entities in the history of Australian Rock Music that don’t get put on a pedestal like they should. I’m talking about Adalita from Magic Dirt, and The Beasts, formerly the Beasts Of Bourbon.
At 9pm sharp the ever so cool Adalita hits the stage. No pomp and circumstance, my pyro and ballyhoo, no grand entrance – she just walked out, plugged in her guitar and said hello. Shes so funny. I mean, I knew she was cool but I didn’t realise how hilarious she was when she talks to the audience.
She went through her solo material, it’s just her and her electric guitar. Her vocals are so precise, every note is so delicate. Her songs are so descriptive and tell all these great stories. Adalita isn’t just a musician… she’s a poet. Co-ATS Reviewer Chantal Mary was next to me during Adalita’s set and she didn’t know much about Adalita before the show. It only took a few songs and Chantal was swooning and fangirling like nobody I’ve seen before. Adalita made a believer out of somebody on this night, which leads me to believe she does the same for many others when she supports a tour like this. You can’t help but adore the banter, and you can’t help but love that distinct voice of hers. The sorrow, the pain, the joy – every emotion is conveyed through every second of every song. She is a treasure. No Magic Dirt covers but honestly, they weren’t necessary, it was a great set.
The time for the Beasts arrived and it was a packed house, which was great to see as they were playing the following night in Freo, and this close to christmas, they pulled the numbers. The Beasts were unhinged from the outset, and after seeing Tex Perkins recently perform at the Perth Concert Hall in tribute to Johnny Cash, the difference in his performing style and vocal style was really something to marvel at. This man has many sides to him, many shades, and his manic and wild performance was one of inspiration to me.
The whole band were tight like a tiger, and as ferocious as one too. The standout highlight of the set for me was ‘I Don’t Care About Nothing Anymore’.
They played a solid hour and 15 minutes and some other highlights included ‘Hope You Find Your Way to Heaven’, ‘Just Let Go’ a cover of AC/DC’s ‘Ride On’ and The Sonics’ ‘Strychnine’. The set ended in absolute style for ”Drop Out’ where the wild and wonderful Adalita joined Tex for a passionate and brilliant duet.
All in all this was a really great night, it was so good to see a packed venue this close to Christmas – I was so happy that I got to see this show. I look forward to the next time they’re both in town!