After errors were made with the times posted on Facebook not only did I miss Bad//Dreams but I missed half of the Dune Rats set. On reflection I’d probably be kind enough to say that the Dune Rats are an acquired taste and didn’t really win me over. The only moment that stuck out was the haphazard cover of the Violent Femmes classic Blister In The Sun. Their popular ‘hits’ were there by way of Pogo and Wooo! Nevertheless, they looked like they were having fun and brought plenty of energy to the stage.
The break between bands was probably one of the most interesting ones experienced at Fowlers since I’ve been going there. The smoke machine on stage had set off the fire alarms resulting in the venue being evacuated. A good way to kill off twenty minutes and good to see a rapturous applause for the fire officers in attendance as they gave the all clear to go back inside.
It wasn’t long until Children Collide hit the stage with the refreshed line up featuring stalwarts Johnny Mackay and Heath Crawley with new drummer Mitch McGregor. The opener Terrible Lizard was blistering and for the band it was game on. With the opening remarks out of the way from Mackay it didn’t take long for some dickhead in the crowd to start heckling saying “great song” prompting a reply “what do you think that was”. Flat Earth apparently is about dinosaurs and the crowd really got in to Skeleton Dance.
Mackay apologised for the ‘excursion’ outside and launched in to Sword To A Gun Fight. Their set was mostly focused on the relatively new album Monument. Across The Earth was great which morphed in to Prussian Blue. Scratching the guitar lead across Mackay’s face was used to great effect before belting out My Heart Came Alive. Adelaide was then formally introduced to new drummer Mitch McGregor who seems to have given the band a fresh lease of life.
The sound mix I don’t think was quite on the money proving to be a challenge for the sound technician and quite noticeable on Loveless and Cherries. Prayer For Sunshine was great and the heckler returned prompting Mackay to reply “why don’t you play a song dickhead.” Farewell Rocketship never tires and is always great despite a terrible sing-a-long from the crowd. Heath still blows the crowd a kiss after and they backed up with another classic Social Currency which brought the house down.
Mackay being the jovial front man said Adelaide was a great audience indicating that if he could reach out he’d kiss every one of us on the face. With the end in sight Spheres Of Influence got the nod followed by Chosen Armies. The band thanked punters for coming out on a Wednesday night in the rain, facing fire hazards and other paradoxes. Mackay added that there would be no encore leaving a lasting impression with Jelly Legs.
Review by Rob Lyon
Photo by Melissa Donato