It was a very chilly night on Friday 17 May, but in my long socks and docs I braved the weather and made my way to the Rosemount hotel where I was greeted by people huddled around the heaters like penguins with their big jackets and beanies on, we were all there for a purpose.
To see The Murlocs kick off their tour, in our cold cold city.
As I waited for the stage to be graced by the five skinny boys from Melbourne I looked around the room and took in the atmosphere. Anticipation, murmurs and the sound of beers being poured by the bar.
One of my favourite things about going to gigs in Perth is seeing friendly faces from other gigs you’ve been to, like the faces I met in the Falls mosh who then I saw again at Laneway. For a big city Perth is a pretty small world!
While people lined up at the edge of the stage waiting patiently the lights dimmed and as country music was pumped over the PA, a loud cheer erupted and the boys ran on the stage waving and smiling to the full room.
Jumping straight into their set, The Murlocs began with Noble Soldier from their 2017 album, Locomotive. Everyone was bopping along to this groovy but chilled song that set the night off on a great note.
Not only is Ambrose Kenny Smith the brains and the vocals of this alt rock band but he also is the harmonica player for the group. Smith is known for being a part of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard but The Murlocs is an outlet for his own musical vision.
From ‘Space Cadet’ to one of the biggest hits from the new album, Manic Candid Episode, ‘What If?’, the crowd was mesmerised by the emotion Smith put into his performance as well as the entertaining facial expressions he displayed.
The Murlocs formed in 2011 and since then they have created four killer albums and describe their sound as, “up-tempo snare cracks and noisy doom guitar – accompanied by Ambrose’s vocal screech – has been described as a mesmerising demented dance party.”
By the time they played the title track of the 2014 album, Loop Holes, Smith had ripped off his denim jacket, which was covered in iron on band patches, and skidded around the stage with his white button up and matching white cowboy boots. All the while working up a sweat on stage. ‘Loop Holes’ was a quite a different track and stood out of the set with a more psych rock feel to it.
The Melbourne boys came to the end of their set and Smith had a quick chat to us.
“We just toured America and it was like driving from Perth to Melbourne and back four times so while we were touring I just kept thinking about coming and playing this show. Thank you so much for coming out tonight and supporting us.”
They launched into their final song, ‘Rolling On’ from the 2016 album, Young Blindness, a slower song to end the night but still had the mosh in whirlwind of dancing and singing.
Smith started the night with low energy, which I blame on the terrible weather, but ended the night on a very excitable high note full of funky dance moves and smiles that were accompanied by amazing lights, and an audience very happy that they braved the cold that night.