Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Faster Louder Live (Local Extravagnaza!)

Apologies about lack of postage, I don't really have an excuse

First post is a gig review for the Faster Louder show put on @ Amplifier last Thursday.

The lineup was all local bands, 4 of Perth's finest I might add and it was a really good night.

First up on the lineup was the Oasis/Beatlesesque harmonies of The Silents. With their good EP getting good rotation on the J's these boys are on the way up. I really like The Silents and their 23 single/EP that they released last month has some great tracks on it, I am certainly looking forward to getting their debut album, due for release sometime in the not-too-distant future.

The Silents - 23

The Silents - Nightcrawl

Second on the bill were one of my favourite bands floating around the West, Institut Polaire, even though they like so many others are soon to be departing our sun-drenched shores for the bleak grey of Melbourne, hopefully they will do as well there as they have done in Perth. Their recently released standout EP The Fauna And The Flora has as my girlfriend puts it, a little like a country/folk Arcade Fire (there are seven of them) feel to it. I really like these guys and thought they thoroughly desevered to win WAM Song Of The Year prize last year.

Institut Polaire - City Walls & Empires

Institut Polaire - The Flora and the The Fauna Are Too Closely Allied

Next up were Vio-Punkers Streetlight. Streetlight are a band that polarises opinion throughout Perth. You really either love them or hate them with debate often raging about trilby wearing, marracca brandishing frontman Le Craft. I haven't quite made up my mind yet but Streetlight are definitely my least favourite of all the four bands playing on the evening.

Streetlight - Attack That Gentleman

Streetlight - The Poet's Paper Boat

Headlining the night (after flipping coins that morning on radio) were the newest and one of the most quickly rising bands in Perth, Sugar Army. Sugar Army's signatures are constantly changing tempos and time changes with surging guitars and Patrick McLaughlin howlings are going down a treat with local fans and recent EP Where Do You Keep Your Toys kicking a lot of goals with some Triple J play.

Sugar Army - ...And Now You're Old Enough, I Think That You Should Know

Sugar Army - Maybe The Boy Who Cried Wolf Was Just Paranoid

Love Yous Locals

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