IAN RILEN & THE LOVE ADDICTS
+ PENNY IKINGER & THE EVOLUTION
+ BAKELITE RADIO
July 16 2006
Words & Pictures: RICHARD SHARMAN
OF BLACKSHADOW PHOTOGRAPHY
It had been at least a decade since I had darkened the door at The Tote in Collingwood and as soon as I walked in I realised that very little had changed.
I was there for the part two of the Bang! Records showcase that was put together by Juan Mari Iturrarte, and what a showcase it was; Ian Rilen and The Love Addicts, Penny Ikinger and Bored!
It’s great to see a Spanish label so passionate about bringing fine Australian music to European shores.
To break the ice for the evening it was Bakelite Radio, a four piece who rocked along quite nicely.
Then it was time to up the tempo and volume considerably when Dave Thomas (above) and Bored! hit the stage. This took me back to the early 90s; fond memories of another time and another city and one helluva kick arse rock band. Bored! opened up with Final Solution and Feed the Dog and powered through a short but blistering set that included The Damned classic Born to Kill before climaxing with the awesome Little Suzie. Mighty fine stuff indeed.
It was then time for a change of pace when Penny Ikinger and her band started up; the big riffs of Bored! were replaced with the intense guitar driven psychedelic rock overlaid with Penny’s almost whispered vocals. The set consisted mainly of songs from Penny’s stunning album, Electra, with the addition of a new song co-written with Brian Hooper. This was the first time I had seen Penny’s Melbourne band; a truly fine four piece; they brought her songs to life in a brilliant burning intensity.
Looking amazingly fresh after literally just driving down from Sydney, Ian Rilen led the Love Addicts on to the stage to the welcoming cheers of a healthy crowd. There was no nonsense as they opened up with Booze to Blame as fine a blast of dirty rock as you are ever likely to hear.
Rilen’s raspy vocals were in great form showing, no wear from a couple of weeks spent in the recording studio; one new song made the set, Cuba, and if it is any indication the upcoming new Love Addicts album should be a scorcher.
The rest of the band were also in fine form; Kim Volkman’s guitar work and stage presence (above) is masterful and the interplay between his guitar and Ian’s is something truly special add Cathy Green’s instinctive feel on bass and Dave Nicholls’ masterful work behind the drum kit and you have a band whose sum is so much more than its parts.
It was a relatively short set as it was a Sunday and it was an early close; however they played well over time with my highlights of the set being 401, I Dare Ya and the overwhelming Wishing Well.
Again the Love Addicts showed themselves to be a band on fire; definitely one of the best bands in Australia yet they continue to fly under the radar of mainstream success.
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