The local hard rock/glam metal scene is a thriving niche that is always well supported by both punters and bands alike. Arriving early at the Crown & Anchor it is evident that tonight is no exception; the front bar is already standing room only despite the atrocious winter conditions outside.
First up on tonight’s line up is Laced In Lust, who look and sound like they just sauntered off the sunset strip circa mid 80’s. They played a great set of energetic hard rock that would have not looked out of place at the Whiskey or Rainbow in L.A. They drew heavily on tracks from their latest EP 'Firing Lines', including the title track which is currently sitting at # 8 in the local top 20 charts. The combination of big riffs and catchy choruses warmed the crowd up nicely on a cold winter’s night.
Next up was more local talent in the form of the Infidels. After listening to their 'Sinner Street' demo I was eagerly anticipating catching them live and was not disappointed. While Lace In Lust paid homage to the L.A. scene the Infidels had more in common with the Bay area metal scene of the 80s. Old school riffing, powerful vocals and a chunky backline that was brutal at times but all kept in check with great sense of melody. The Infidels certainly raised the temperature in the room a few more degrees.
So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night, this was Hell City Glamours last hurrah and the Cranker was at capacity to say goodbye. Having included Adelaide on every tour since 2005, the band has built a loyal following who came out to witness H.C.G. one last time. This was less of a show, more of a celebration that dangerously teetered on the verge of becoming a party at times. The set list was pre-determined for three quarters of the show with requests from the crowd closing it out. At various times members of both support bands graced the stage to back up the band, a testimony to the endearment Hell City Glamours have made with both audiences and the bands that have played with them. As the final notes of 'White Trash, Hot Love' reverberated through the crowd, I am sure most walked away hoping this would not be the last time they play live.
Review by Mike Trandafil.
Photos by Zayla Attard.