||[Apr. 17th, 2005|12:35 pm]
|||||The Kills - Keep On Your Mean Side||]|
The Mess Hall, Nightstick and Douglas Fir @ The Zoo 15/04/05
The Zoo had a nice little capacity tonight when i entered, not changing much for Douglas Fir, an hour and a half after doors open. Douglas Fir seem to have two sounds, it's as if they are two bands in one. They start off with a Red Hot Chilli Peppers type rap/rock, with a reggae influence behind the lead guitaring, then go into a sound consisting of emo-ish rock, that tug on the heart strings [even if the lyrics still consist of swear words]. A "wica wica wha wha wha" sound, sums up Douglas Fir pretty nicely.
After the schizophrenic band Douglas Fir finish, it's the long wait until one of Brisbane's favourite bands enter stage, Nightstick. If you have never seen Nightstick live before, they consist of three men with three very characteristic personalities. Heinz Riegler is the lead singer, he looks like he has caffeine injections hourly, especially when he is singing, he is very captivating to watch. The bass player Tam Patton, is more of a quiet character, who at times looks like a freaky axe murderer and when he actually has his eyes open, his stare could freeze fire. "The Monkey" as he is known, is the drummer Martin Lee, he actually does look like a monkey when he is playing. He has a cheeky personality that makes you giggle, [even the boys] and i can tell you, he never misses a beat [although he may lose a drumstick to the front of the stage, every now and again]. Nightstick have a unique way of presenting their music on stage, i couldn't name any other band today that do the same thing as these guys. You wouldn't want them to do anything different, you know exactly what your going to get when you come to see a Nightstick gig, the most danceable rock music in town, the best live music entertainment in town and we wouldn't want it any other way.
The Zoo heats up for The Mess Hall's stage appearance, this Sydney duo seem to have a good little following in Brizzie. The rock band duo dynamic is definitely spreading the globe and strangely, sometimes two people make for a better show then four. There is an excitement about the intimacy of two people on stage, making noise that alot of people wouldn't think two people alone could make. This dynamic proving popular from bands such as The White Stripes and The Black Keys, both drawing influences from the blues and the same goes for The Mess Hall. Oddly yet bravely, starting their set off with a slow tune, fans sway to the dark drone of the guitar sound, but it's not long before the word fuck is said a few times by Jed, that The Mess Hall kick off a rocking set. The dance floor is full, just the way i and i'm sure the band like it, with rock'n'roll, blues infulenced tunes to make you scream [which Jed does do one or two times]. More impressive than Jed's guitaring, is Cec's drumming, the tall frizzy haired man sits high above his kit and he really is a great drummer, with arms flying every which way. His drum kit is pushed to the front of the stage, which is where it always should be i say! At times The Mess Hall sound a little bit like jet, a little bit like the kills and a little bit like a Sydney band with a passion for fun, gritty, rock'n'roll tunes, which The Mess Hall deliver with avengence.
The Mess Hall Rocking out