All the gigs I've ever been to (that I can remember!), complete with comments made at the time in my Livejournal, or on Usenet, or in my personal diary, as well as some reminiscing added more recently.
16-Jul-2004 - Bleepin' J. Squawkins @ @NEWTOWN
19-Jun-2004 - Zombie Ghost Train @ The Marquee
29-May-2004 - Ikon, Immaculata, Dandelion Wine @ Necropolis, The Cambridge Hotel
20-May-2004 - Immaculata, Dandelion Wine, Ikon @ The Tote
25-Apr-2004 - World Inc., True Love Chaos @ The Hopetoun Hotel
22-Apr-2004 - Sin Shifters, Zombie Ghost Train @ The Ananndale Hotel
5-Mar-2004 - Dead Inside The Chrysalis, MM9, Zombie Ghost Train, Mz. Ann Thropik @ @NEWTOWN
27-Feb-2004 - Abdoujaparov, Dirty Tricks, Euphonic @ The Surry Hills Excelsior
17-Jan-2004 - Zombie Ghost Train, The Alohas, The Booby Traps, Bubble Vicious @ Bar Broadway
31-Oct-2003 - Dead Inside The Chrysalis, Eve Of Destiny @ Candy's Apartment
5-Jun-2003 - World Inc., Arkardia @ The Hopetoun Hotel
22-May-2003 - Evermore, Faker @ The Hopetoun Hotel
9-May-2003 - Bleepin' J. Squawkins @ The
Bat & Ball Hotel
8-May-2003 - Peregrine @ The Gaelic Club
2-May-2003 - X, Fourplay @ The Annandale
20-Apr-2003 - Death In June, Non @ The
Damn, how special was that??
Round about 6:30, I called up the Annandale to see what time doors were opening for the gig.
"Oh we, opened at 6"
So what time is the first band on?
"They're on now!"
So a mad rush ensued. I met up with kehua at Central and zipped down to the Annandale. We'd missed Beastianity, but that was all.
Non didn't really do it for me. Basically, a guy pounding the hell out of a drum, some acoustic guitar on some songs, and Boyd Rice ranting away through various effects boxes. Which, as it happens, is much the same set of elements that was to make up Death In June's set, but it just didn't all come together that well for me. Plus there was some weird interplay going on in the crowd between this crusty old guy, a girl, and a guy in a Nazi uniform. Definite vibe of potential fighting on the dancefloor. It didn't help me enjoy Non at all.
And then Death In June. The same guy who was drumming for Non appeared, now clad in winter camouflage and a mask, and started pounding. Then Douglas P arrived, also of course camouflaged and masked, waving a DIJ banner before taking position before a drum of his own. They opened with a blistering rendition of Until The Living Flesh Is Burned, followed by several other double-drummed songs, before Douglas replaced his white mask with his, um, helmet-with-a-mop-hanging-in-front-of-his-face (the one he was wearing when he played with Ikon in Melbourne last year), and his drum with an acoustic guitar.
What followed was a completely trance-inducing set, just one great DIJ song after another. I recall Little Black Angel, The Golden Wedding Of Sorrow, Ku Ku Ku, Hollows Of Devotion, But What Ends When The Symbols Shatter?, All Pigs Must Die, Tick Tock, Disappear In Every Way, The Enemy Within (with changed lyrics - "These are strange days for you, me and Australia"), Luther's Army, Rose Clouds Of Holocaust, Fields Of Rape, To Drown A Rose, Heaven Street, She Said Destroy, Fall Apart, Leper Lord, C'est Un Rêve (also with changed lyrics - "Where is Bin Laden?"), Giddy Giddy Carousel, Smashed To Bits, Kameradschaft, Death Of The West and We Said Destroy II.
This was just amazing. I don't know what else to say.
11-Apr-2003 - Primary @ The Vic On The Park
2-Apr-2003 - World Inc., Dos Dedos @ The Hopetoun Hotel
15-Feb-2003 - Glen & The
Peanutbutter Men @ Heresy, Dream Nightclub
1-Feb-2003 - Blue Movie @ Heresy, Dream Nightclub
25-Jan-2003 - Rowland S. Howard @ The Town Hall Hotel
18-Jan-2003 - Junkatique, Sëbasröckets, Seven Tongues @ The Duke of Windsor
Gig last night was pretty damn fine. Seven Tongues were much improved by being in the proper environment, i.e. at a pub playing with other rock bands, rather than at Heresy. Sëbasröckets were more together than last time I saw them - all 4 members took to the stage at the start of the gig, and remained there. They rocked. Junkatique were really good - they remind me kinda of a more-poppy Lunachicks - certainly their singer's delivery reminds me of Theo from the Lunachicks. Definite dash of SoCal pop-punk in there too. And the drummer set his sticks on fire, breathed fire, then played with the flaming sticks until they went out, then kicked over the drums at the end. This was while they were covering Mötley Crüe's "Dr. Feelgood". Ah yes, much rock.
31-Dec-2002 - The Shine, Seven Tongues @ Heresy, Dream Nightclub
14-Dec-2002 - Motif @ Heresy, Dream Nightclub
13-Dec-2002 - Mutiny, Sforzando, Trickedown @ The Tote
29-Nov-2002 - Casino Rumblers, Blue Movie, Red Hot Poker Dots @ Mayfields
Well, last night I went to a gig at Stranger's recommendation. Except he didn't show up so I was all by myself. That didn't matter, though, because there was a bartender there to serve me beer, and three great bands.
The Red Hot Poker Dots describe themselves as "smokin' twistabilly country-bop". They were excellent, guitar, double bass & drums, male & female vocals, maybe just a little too much country influence in there for me. But if you've never seen a band that featured a short but heavily tattooed girl perched atop a double bass, well, you just haven't lived!
Blue Movie were heavier, more straight-ahead psychobilly. Unfortunately their mix wasn't as good as the other bands, I think the vocals were way too low. Great guitar sound though, and of course also a double bass & drums. :-)
31-Oct-2002 - Dead Inside The Chrysalis @
Electric Ballroom, Club 77
15-Oct-2002 - Morrissey @ The Forum
28-Sep-2002 - Ikon @ Heresy, The Megabar
3-Aug-2002 - Seven Tongues @ Heresy, The Megabar
2-Aug-2002 - The Baroness & Love Lies
Bleeding @ Abyss, The Hi-Fi Bar
Friday we went to Abyss. Now, I went there once before since moving to Melbourne and swore I would never darken their door again. I was persuaded to break this boycott since The Baroness & Love Lies Bleeding were playing there, and it seems to me that they don't play live very often at all.
31-Jul-2002 - Ikon, The Redresser @ The Laundry
Last Wednesday I went to The Laundry to see Ikon and The Redresser. This gig was truly a triumph of non-publicity - the only clue that it was on was a small bundle of flyers at Heresy the Saturday before. So there were five of us (myself, andricongirl, Stranger & Elaine and Daniel from Sydney) up the front watching.. and a few people hanging around the back of the bar.. and a couple of guys doing sound and stuff.. and that was about it. One of the smallest crowds I've ever seen for a gig. Which was a damn shame, because this was Ikon's final warmup before they go to Germany to play M'era Luna 2002, and also The Redresser were showing off a new set, and even a new look! Anthony's hair was floppy, and Corporate Slut David was wearing a suit instead of red liquid latex.
29-Jun-2002 - The Shine @ Heresy, The
26-Jun-2002 - Ikon w/ Douglas P. @ The Laundry
Chris surrendered the stage to Douglas P at the end of Ikon's set, and he played "Fall Apart" with Ikon (since they covered it previously and often play it live), and then "All Pigs Must Die" and "Tick Tock" by himself.
Not one of his better masks, though, the pith-helmet-and-mop combination. :-)
Afterwards I was talking to Dino (Ikon's bass player) when their drummer came over.
It was most amusing, especially since Fall Apart only goes for about a minute and a half normally. :-)
25-May-2002 - The Redresser, Sëbasröckets @ The Duke of Windsor
31-Mar-2002 - Abdoujaparov @ A Bar Called Barry
9-Mar-2002 - Armageddon 2002: Azrael, American Eagle Squadron, Immaculata, Resurrection Eve, The Redresser, Bride Of The Atom, Tankt, Snog @ The Corner Hotel
(Azrael) Unintentionally hilarious nu-metal. One track was particularly poignant in it's "I hate my parents 'cos they grounded me for not doing my homework" attitude.
(A.E.S.) So did they have any originals? I spotted 6 covers and some of the others sounded familiar. They were good fun. And good sports about the fact that it was 6:30 and everyone was standing about 50 feet back from the stage drinking beer.
(Immaculata) I couldn't really be having this. Too synthpop for me. Like I said to a few people at the time, they should go to England - they sound like the sort of stuff people dig there, and look a lot better. :-) Luckily I could sense a couple of tongues firmly lodged in cheeks - at first, I thought they might have been serious, and my brain was screaming "Bad Goth Poetry! Bad Goth Poetry!".
(Resurrection Eve) Heh, the face of a young Billy Corgan with the moves of Gary Numan. I thought they were OK, but not gripping. I only heard the guitar on a couple of songs, I don't know if it was a bad mix or if they actually wanted it to be that way. The last couple of songs came to life a lot better though.
(The Redresser) Best band of the night, for sure. Although I'm biased since they were the band that I was familiar with that led me to the gig.. Large quantities of rock'n'roll in a small, small space. Excellent!
(Bride of the Atom) Second-best. Great noise, with seven people hard at it. I particularly liked the way there seemed to be a little farting noise from the keyboard whenever there was a gap in the sound. Nice tatt on the singer, too. I thought Mr.Thing was going to be run over by the trashcan at one point..
(Tankt) ..and at this point I left.
2-Mar-2002 - Abdoujaparov @ The Esplanade
1-Mar-2002 - Ikon @ Abyss, Hi-Fi Bar
17-Jan-2002 - The Redresser @ The Esplanade
November 2001 - Tankt, Jeckyll Switch @ 3
15-Oct-2001 - Jane's Addiction, Live @
Madison Square Gardens
12-Oct-2001 - New Order @ The Brixton
30-Sep-2001 - P.J.Harvey @ The Brixton
21-Sep-2001 - Jim's Super Stereo World, Abdoujaparov, Who's The Daddy Now? @ Astoria
12-Aug-2001 - Ikon @ Club Ekko, Utrecht
15-Jul-2001 - D.U.S.T., Leisurehive, Sleeping Pictures, Womb @ The Verge, Camden
(Womb) I was thinking Seventeen Seconds/Faith era Cure.. can't clearly remember Carnage Visors but wasn't it all instrumental? I mostly liked Womb's sound (particularly the fine bass sound, although the drum machine sounded pretty flat) but thought the songs were only so-so.. but then, a couple of friends of mine thought they were the best band of the night, so opinions are mixed there.
(Sleeping Pictures) Damn, I'm not seeing much complimentary said about Sleeping Pictures, to which I say "bah!", they were for me clearly the best band of the night, and indeed one of the more interesting bands I've had the fortune to come across for quite a while. I thought they had a feel like what we used to call "swampy" in Australia.. like The Wreckery or something. "Angsty blues-rock". With some amazing noises being coaxed out of the guitar by the man in the facemask sitting on the milk crates.
I'll certainly be along if I see they're playing a gig.. and was most disappointed that they didn't have a CD to sell me. But their singer said they hoped to have something released soon.
(Leisurehive) Indeed. I liked them very much too, and luckily they did have a CD for me to buy, although the guy selling them had gone home before the end of the night and I had to get their singer to dig one out for me. :-) I really dug the electric violin, I was actually struck by how much the sound of it reminded me of what a lot of bands do electronically.. but it was just so much cooler seeing it actually being produced by someone playing an instrument.
(D.U.S.T.) The only band of the night that I'd seen before (when they played with Inkubus Sukkubus & The Faces Of Sarah a few months back). So when I arrived and was paying, I said I was here to see D.U.S.T. (I guess this means they get paid and nobody else does?) ;-)
Bought a CD and had a quick chat to Naamah before they played. When I confessed that my accent was Australian, she asked if I was H*ydn.. well, no, he's one of the other 18 million Australians. :-) But he _had_ been at that previous D.U.S.T. gig, so a fair question. :-)
Well, given that a few people have grumbled about the lateness of the night and resulting public transport woes, I must say that the room was sadly less full for D.U.S.T. than it had been earlier in the night. But all and sundry appeared to be enjoying themselves, myself included. I hope D.U.S.T. are getting some club play, they deserve it and their music would fit the dancefloor very well, I think. The highlight for me was the cover of "White Rabbit" - top notch.
8-Jul-2001 - The Faces Of Sarah, Jesus Fix, Needleye @ The Dublin Castle
21-Aug-2001 - The Damned @ Dingwalls,
24-Jun-2001 - Dream Disciples, Emma
Conquest, Psychophile @ The Camden Underworld
27-May-2001 - Gotham 2001: Inkubus Sukkubus, Star Industry, This Burning Effigy, Killing Miranda, House Of Usher, Two Witches, Squid, Descendants Of Cain @ LA2
5-May-2001 - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ The Brixton Academy
28-Apr-2001 - Dream Disciples, Attrition, Adfinem @ Whitby
27-Apr-2001 - The Faces Of Sarah, Je$us Loves Amerika, Last Days, Sieze @ Whitby band comp
31-Mar-2001 - Inkubus Sukkubus, The Faces Of Sarah, D.U.S.T. @ Camden Underworld
4-Nov-2000 - Smashing Pumpkins @ Wembley Arena
2-Nov-2000 - Clan Of Xymox, Midnight Configuration, Narcissus Pool @ The Garage
31-Oct-2000? - Placebo @ The Brixton Academy
5-Sep-2000 - Sisters Of Mercy @ The Forum
mid 2000? - Louis Tillett
mid 2000? - Louis Tillett
mid 2000? - Skulker @ The Surry Hills
mid 2000? - Nitocris @ somewhere in
mid 2000? - Primary @ The Manning Bar,
3-Apr-2000 - Abdoujaparov @ The Hopetoun
8-Mar-2000 - Lunachicks, Nitocris? @ The
Manning Bar, Sydney Uni
5-Mar-2000 - Lunachicks @ The Iron Duke
early 2000 - Big Day Out 2000: Primal
Scream, Joe Strummer, Atari Teenage Riot, Nine Inch Nails, Gerling,
Jebediah, Spiderbait + others
25-Jun-1999 - Death In June, Fire & Ice @ The Globe
June 1999 - Trans Am @ The Newtown RSL
13-Jun-1999 - Tibetan Freedom Concert:
Regurgitator, Spiderbait, Jebediah, Celibate Rifles, Trans Am, Bis +
others @ Sydney Showgrounds
June 1999 - Bis @ The Metro
22-Mar-1999? - Incision, The Fearless Dr.
Kill @ Harvest, Club 77
18-Mar-1999 - Abdoujaparov @ The Globe
early 1999? - The Deadly Nightshades @
The Bat & Ball Hotel
20-Jan-1999 - Hole @ The Enmore Theatre
31-Dec-1998 - The Deadly Nightshades @ ??
19-Dec-1998 - The Deadly Nightshades @
17-Dec-1998 - Kinderschmerzen @ The Globe
5-Dec-1998 - Severed Heads, Endorphin,
World Inc. @ The Globe
3-Oct-1998 - Cult 45 @ The Globe ??
2-Oct-1998 - Incision @ The Brendan Behan
mid 1998? - Neuropaque @ Crypt, Club 77
May 1998 - Neuropaque, World Inc. @ The Annandale
6-May-1998 - Cult 45, Incision @ The Annandale
18-Apr-1998 - Ratcat @ The Annandale
26-Feb-1998 - Incision, Cult 45? @ The
25-Feb-1998 - Incision @ ?
2-Jan-1998 - Blondie @ The Capital Theatre
5-Dec-1997 - Big Electric Cat, Neuropaque
@ Sect, Black Market
30-Nov-1997 - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ The State Theatre?
31-Oct-1997? - Severed Heads, Big
Electric Cat @ The Palladium
17-Apr-1997 - The Damned @ The Metro
22-Mar-1997 - They Might Be Giants @ The
26-Jan-1997 - Shonen Knife @ The Annandale
19-Apr-1996 - Ikon @ Shrine, The
18-Apr-1996 - Ikon @ Ritual, The Pavilion
late 1995? - Babes In Toyland @ The Metro
1995? - Subterfuge @ The Tote
14-Apr-1995 - Pop Will Eat Itself @ Easts
10-Mar-1995 - Ikon @ Feedback
28-Jan-1995? - Sain @ Feedback
28-Jan-1995? - Ministry @ Selina's
26-Nov-1994 - Ikon @ The Esplanade
25-Nov-1994 - Edge Of Darkness: Eden + others @ The Esplanade
2-Oct-1994 - Subterfuge, The Googoomops @ Feedback
8-Jul-1994 - Severed Heads, Snog, The Lab @ The Phoenician Club
10-Jun-1994 - Def-FX @ The Phoenician Club
26-Jan-1994 - Big Day Out 1994: The Ramones, Björk, The Breeders, Severed Heads, Itch-E & Scratch-E, Boxcar, Vision 4/5, Southend, The Lab + others
6-Oct-1993 - Siouxsie & The Banshees
@ The Enmore Theatre
If I could go back in time and revisit
any of the gigs I've been to, I think I'd choose this one. Not because
it was the best gig I've ever seen, but because maybe it could have been.. but I
didn't really know Siouxsie's stuff well enough at the time. To be
honest, I don't remember much about it. I remember the Enmore was
totally packed to the rafters with goths. I remember Siouxsie was
looking just great for a 36 year old. But I don't remember the music.
1993? - Ned's Atomic Dustbin, Soulscraper @ Selina's
1993? - Headless Chickens @ The Vic On
31-Dec-1992? - Def-FX, Caligula @
Sanctuary NYE Party
December 1992 - Pop Will Eat Itself @ The
Birkenhead Point Tavern
11-Dec-1992 - Pop Will Eat Itself, Headless Chickens @ Selina's
8-Dec-1992 - Lush, Screamfeeder @ The
5-Dec-1992 - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ The Hordern Pavilion
28-Nov-1992 - The Shamen, Boxcar @ Hardware II
late 1992 - The Lab, Itch-E & Scratch-E @ The Lansdowne Hotel
late 1992 - Boxcar, The Lab, Southend @ The Annandale Hotel
17-Aug-1992 - The Cure, Underground Lovers @ The Sydney Entertainment Centre
30-May-1992 - Billy Bragg, Weddings Parties Anything @ Selina's
6-May-1992 - Billy Bragg, The Cruel Sea @ The State Theatre
17-Apr-1992 - Single Gun Theory, The Lab @ The Phoenician Club
3-Apr-1992 - Severed Heads, Vision 4/5 @ The Phoenician Club
30-Nov-1991 - Technopop Live: Severed Heads, Boxcar, Single Gun Theory @ The Phoenician Club
January 1991? - The Ramones, The Hard-Ons, The New Christs @ The Hordern Pavilion
27-Nov-1990 - They Might Be Giants @ The
Sydney Town Hall
20-Jul-1990 - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Louis Tillet @ The Enmore Theatre
The concert was unbelievably BRILLIANT!!!!! First up there was the support act, Louis Tillett [and his band], who were really good, and incredibly loud. We were in the 4th row from the stage for this. Then when they finished, everyone charged forward and we got a spot about 8 feet (!) from the stage for the main act. They played all my favourites in a set of about 2 hours, including 2 encores. The songs that came out best were City Of Refuge, From Her To Eternity and Tupelo (the final song). My only complaint is that Deanna and The Witness Song were played too early in the set before everyone really got into it, and that the Seeds were quieter than the support, although this might have been because we were between the speakers, not in front of them.
25-Nov-1989 - Simple Minds @ The Sydney Entertainment Centre