Special Guest Reviewer: Blake Hayt (The Sperts)
Photos by Damien Crocker
It began on Aus Music Shirt Day…. Yeah, I know there’s a day for everything these days, but The Rosemount is a venue that advertised $7 pints of a certain beer that day if you wore an Australian band shirt. I rocked my sewn up with dental floss Shackles shirt only to find out that the bar where the bands are playing does not serve that beer and I’d have to go outside to get said beer. Luckily that was the biggest f*ckery of the evening.
The Mascara Snakes opened up the night with there dazzling display of garage punk featuring former members of Debbie Downers and Thee Loose Hounds, they’ve morphed into something I enjoy more than either of the discarded acts. Opening the night with Bob Ross and staying strong the whole set. Highlights include bassist Meg$ words to the audience “Everyone who doesn’t dance can f*ck off!”. Their banging rendition of Lets Get Tammy Wynette originally done by The Maggots.
Then we have Leeches who’s review from me may be slightly bias as Glenny the bassist poured me a schooner of lager at some point in the evening (Boys and girls and nonbinary folks playing at home, bribery will get you far in all aspects of the arts world). I haven’t seen Leeches play outside of a touring support slot in bloody ages and it was explained why fairly instantly. Spoken over the mic was the fact Glenny has moved to the east coast and he’s hardly gonna fly back for a gold coin donation show at the local punks house who doesn’t have rent inspections, is he? Leeches are some sort of super speedy Pop-ish Punk with elements of Thrash and Surf Rock. Leaches suck that is true but Leeches do not suck by any means. Vocalist/guitarist Benny; between introducing and playing solid tracks such as ‘Pins N’ Needles’, ‘Brain Dead’, ‘Born And Bread F*ckhead’ quipped how he likes the Rosemount but the crispy fried chicken burger made him shit his pants once. I think I’ll end that segment on that note.
In the beer garden passively punching my lungs I was told that a mate from the east saw this tour and they’re playing the new album in full followed by a handful of classics. I was skeptical as I haven’t bought the album yet as I am dole bludging scum and it’s not up in full on YouTube. But the ballsy move paid off, go buy the album ‘So I Could Have Them Destroyed’ as they would say in France it’s Le f*ckin’ mintox. Definitely combining some of the heavier elememnts that were the Kieshless era with the pop sensabilities of the classic line up. These songs are their first written as a 4 piece and Kiesh is looking comfortable on stage without the kit, much more comfortable than the last few times I might say. The one I recongnised ‘Oh You’re Crushed’ got the crowd getting jiggy and they dedicated the last song from the new album to Joe Hockey aptly titled ‘It Seems Like I Spent Every Penny I Earned Today’. Then BOOOOOOOOOOOOM they played my favourite song – a B-Side titled ‘Squat House’. I’ve seen various Hard-Ons line ups about 8 times and never did they play Squat House, I was chuffed. Also cranking out ‘Wog Food’, ‘She’s A Dish’, Ray asked the audience “Wadya want us to play?” I stopped ordering my beer mid sentence and started shouted “JUST BEING WITH YOU”, they f*cking played it! From memory they closed with ‘Where Did She Come From’. I then tried to jump the stage barricade to grab a set list and needless to say my clumsy ass got owned – concussion, sprained wrist and a massive bruise across my ribs. Got the set list, got Ray to sign it at the merch desk, now where the f*ck did I put that?