Squidums here, it’s a little late but here is the gig review from last week.
Being the good Squid I am, I took my lady squid out for a night on the town to catch some sweet live tunes. Pick of the litter that night was Rolls Bayce doing their first show for the year at The Brightside. This was my first gig at The Brightside (despite them having a never ending supply of sweet acts on) and was surprised to find it was the old Electric Playground and the old whatever it was before that and before that again. I certainly approve of this latest reincarnation of the venue on Warner St and seriously hope it sticks around, which it will with support from all of you!
I was looking forward to checking Rolls Bayce, which is the latest project for Dean McGrath (singer of the now defunct Hungry Kids of Hungary), Neal Apel and James Wright (from another Qld band Millions). The two supports were unknowns to me, Varsity and The Ninjas but we got in early to check them both out.
Varsity, another trio from Brissy, kicked off the night and was an awesome surprise. The guys had that real indie pop-punk sound which is becoming renown in Brisbane. Upbeat and catchy guitar hooks led smooth basslines and pounding drums (that dude pounded daily) brought together by the singer/guitarist Dion’s vocals. They were tight and looked to be enjoying themselves on the stage which came across in the performance. I could imagine most of the tunes getting airtime on Triple J, all had a cool pop sensibility and grabbed my attention. In particular, the tune “It’s In My Veins” off their EP Fever Pitch really grabbed me with a rad little guitar lick to lead and goes into an awesome Indie rock tune which had me exclaiming the magic words “It’s a HIT!!”. Cool band to start a night and got my attention enough check their FaceBook and SoundCloud, now it’s your turn.
Next up were another Brisbane crew, The Ninjas who also impressed. Their sound was reminiscent of Weezers “Buddy Holly” and seriously, who doesn’t like that song? It was all pretty jangly which got the increasing crowd moving. The guitarist, (who kinda looked a little like Manu from a terrible cooking show) even pulled out a cool shred on his Penguin, I loved it!
Now, I’ve been loving the choons from the main attraction Rolls Bayce and was seriously looking forward to the live set. As a fan of Dean’s former band Hungry Kids, I was excited to see how he would break through and shape a new sound. They opened up with a psychy slow jam which is the main direction the latest singles have all gone in and was a great start to the show, this led into a song they claimed to have finished just that morning called “Mutate” this was a rockier kinda 70’s style track that I was seriously digging. They banged through about the 4 songs when the drummer said the words all punters want to hear “Let’s play a hit!” Wooo!!! Triple J has been playing “Don’t Get Me Wrong” and “On My Own” on fairly high rotation the last few months and both went down with some sweet groove that had a few up the front really pulling some sick shapes, unexpected but cool nonetheless. All three guys had great banter and were happy chatting to the crowd and each other, the chemistry within a new band was cool to watch. All the guys are great musicians, and they were happy to show that off a few times including an awesome drum and bass jam as Dean tuned up. To close out the set we were treated to an epic 7 minute jam which really shone as the highlight of the set and really threw it out there that Rolls Bayce are a new band to look out for. The poppy melodies which made Hungry Kids are evident but this is a much more mature and rounded sound adding something so much more, putting the music front and centre.
Rolls Bayce have also announced a national tour which you can check the details out on their own page and I would seriously encourage you to do so. It will a night full of swag and rock n roll