Sydney Domain
December 5, 2005

Words & Pictures: RICHARD SHARMAN

It was some time since I had ventured to a major music festival, usually preferring a smaller darkened room with a bar handy to take in live music, but as they say a change is as good as a holiday and Homebake 2005 gave me the chance to check out a few bands I have wanted to see, a few old bands and some bands I probably wouldn’t normally get to see.

First up, The Mess Hall were blasting out their powerhouse blues rock from the main stage – mighty impressive stuff from this two piece juggernaut and a fine way to start the day.

Other bands that impressed were the NZ trio Die! Die! Die! the lads from Adelaide The Hot Lies,
Chris Bailey’s current three piece line-up of The Saints were good fun, The Go Betweens still put out that sweet pop sound and were a great way to take a break from some of the more rocking bands.

Cog set the main stage on fire early in the afternoon; I caught a bit of the Rogue Traders and to my surprise stayed around for a while as I was having fun, especially to the track that is based on the “My Sharona” riff.

Wolfmother put on a mighty fine performance on the main stage late into the afternoon, if you like your rock laden with big riffs that give a nod to the likes of Sabbath and Deep Purple – this shit is for you… pretty damned good stuff.
The final band I caught was Cut Copy doing their electro rock stuff… despite a few technical hitches with the bass they did it well.

There were plenty of other acts I didn’t get the chance to see but all in all a mighty fine day and a good way to check out some great Antipodean musical talent; there was plenty here for all sorts of musical tastes and I’m sure that everyone left with a smile on their face.