The set list - a mix of classic favourites and new tunes lasted for just under 2 hours. It was massive! Songs like Scenester, Shazam and Run added to the enthusiastic and hard repertoire Spiderbait are famous for. They played everything, from an elongated version of Old Man Sam to crowd favourite Calypso. The night had it all.
The three-piece band from regional New South Wales relished in the opportunity to play a wicked show. Kram on the drums was on song - heavy and succinct as ever. Whitt shredded the guitar (his solos were incredible), at one point playing with his two front teeth! Janet’s voice didn’t miss a note. The band loved it, paying tribute to the dudes older than my dad that were moshing and crowdsurfing in the front. Kram made note of just how nostalgic this gig was, “it’s like the old days, you guys, you, Adelaide!! YOU ROCK!” he cried.
This appraisal fed the crowd as Whitt started to play the bands best-known song, their version of Black Betty (made most famous in the 70's by Ram Jam). Predictably, it was their last song and boy did they nail it! Kram hit the drums so hard as he smashed out a relentless solo. The crowd knew every word, like they did for every song in the set. They shouted, they screamed, they were fucking brilliant. These guys were sick, full of wicked solos and fast paced drums. Full credit to Spiderbait, who in my opinion should be embedded in Australian Rock History forever.
Review by Gerry Bain
Photos by David Coad - See the full gallery here