The Blacklist
The Onyas
Roll Cage
Tote Hotel, Melbourne
March 12. 2004

Rarely-sighted are rock 'n' roll bills that promised to be as good as the pairing of Melbourne band"s Bored!, The Blacklist with ex-Brisbane lads The Onyas (debuting their new drummer Dave) and Sydneysiders Roll Cage (whose revised three-piece line-up continues to gain confidence). In deed, you might be tempted to view this as an East Coast Oz Rock Fest, of sorts.

Roll Cage opened proceedings with a tight set, combining tracks from their "Whole Summer of Pussy" LP and newer material from their upcoming album, likely to be known as "Underwear Beach".

Tracks such as "BrisVegass", "Best looking women" and "Summer of Pussy" worked well when combined with newer tunes such as "Rock-n-Roll ain"t what it used to be", "Drop the Bomb" and "When I get out of prison" and had the Tote bandroom and crowd well and truly warmed up for what would follow.

The Onyas followed and were solid as ever.

With classics such as "Beer Gut", "I"m not your mate" and "The last temptation of Macka", The Onyas proved they haven"t lost anything, with the departure of drummer Jordan "Jaws" Stanley to The Casanovas, especially with singer/guitarist John in top form.

The Blacklist comprise ex-members of Melbourne bands The Spoilers and The Sex Bombs, then took to the stage in more ways than one.
I've seen few bands around play as hard, tough and fast as The Blacklist did tonight. The band proceeded to slash and burn, seemingly without complete disregard for what anyone else would think of them and therefore in a manner Motorhead and The New Bomb Turks would have to be proud of and which few can match in a hurry.

Geelong legends Bored! then hit the stage, with the latter-day line-up of Dave Thomas, Matt Randall, Russell Baricevic and Justin "Buzz" Munday, to a packed crowd that was not left disappointed.

The band ran through their own gems including "Little Suzi", "Feed the Dog", "Motherfuckin" Motherfucker", "CSM (No Way)" and "Waiting" and mixed these with covers such as The Damned"s "Born to KiIl", The Wipers "Over the Edge", and The Coloured Balls "Human Being", which segued into "Take it out on You" the title track of their early '90s mini LP.

Bored! closed with The Stooges' "TV Eye" which, although the band claimed to not have played it in many years, still pumped out this Stooges classic like men possessed.

I wonder whether another rock-n-roll show in 2004 will match this gig, because this reviewer was certainly glad he did not miss it. - Simon Li