The Evelyn, Melbourne VIC
November 8th, 2019
Support: Arse and Muscle Car
Friday night at the Evelyn saw the cream of Australian underground rock and roll kick off an otherwise dreary Melbourne weekend.
Muscle Car opened the proceedings and I was drawn to the bandroom from the front bar by what my companion claimed to be “kind of like Motorhead, but if they were Australian”. These guys have been kicking around, playing shows and drinking beers for close to 20 years and the experience shows in there tight, loud, fun set.
Following on was the band with arguably the best name in Australian music, Arse. The three-piece post punk act from Sydney are babies compared to the rest of the lineup, however they played beyond their years. I’ve seen these chaps a couple of times now and they just keep getting better.
Then the reason we were all their, the fellers from Punchbowl, the band that got me into punk rock when I was given a copy of Dickcheese by a kid on the school bus and saved from a life of mediocre hip-hop, arguably the hardest working and up there with the best bands ever to come from the land down under, The Hard-Ons. I highly doubt that they ever play a bad show, if they have I haven’t seen it or heard about it. They smashed out tracks from their latest album, So I could Have Them Destroyed, then kicked on with some classics. Despite being around since the early eighties, The Hard-Ons, played with gusto that you’d expect from bands half their age. I’m guessing that Saturday morning would have met a lot of punters with sore heads and backs, but boy was it worth it.
The Tour Rolls on! Get to it!
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