KLONDIKE'S NORTH 40

KLONDIKE'S NORTH 40
+ THE DEAD SET
The Empire, Annandale
July 8, 2006


WORDS & PICTURES: SIMON LI

Tonight's gig featured bands on various sides of the age, experience and musical spectrum.

Opening the bill were the youngest of the three acts on show, White Noise Chaos Experiment (who I unfortunately missed). They reportedly delivered a particularly sonic take on Kyuss/Queens of The Stone Age-inspired stoner rock.

Following name changes (the most recent moniker being "Rifter"), and I hadn't seen The Dead Set since their support slot to Deep Reduction (featuring Deniz Tek and Rob Younger) at the Gaelic Club a few years ago. Tonight marked the release of their album "Bitter...Swill". They opened their set with "Drifting Dead Beats". Highlights were "Rock n Roll Ripoff", "Tunnel Vision", "Suburban Cowboy" and the closer "Rocket Rider", which displayed the band's unique, high energy and at times heavy take on "'Gong rock".

THE DEAD SET
The Dead Set

With guitarist Dave Kettley fresh from his stint with The New Christs, he was in particularly solid form as was the band's rhythm section whom provided rock solid backing throughout. The Dead Set should have impressed many, as they can lay claim to being one of the more impressive younger bands from north of the Murray.

The Barman's thoughts on Klondike's' North 40 as a handy blues outfit with strong rock leanings but on tonight's showing, such a description could be met with some conjecture.

North 40 songs such as "Stupid Planet", "Alligator Shoes", "Sad Sad Prison", "Voodoo Weatherman" and "Trust in No One", all of which featured Chris Masuak delivering some sonic, Texan blues-inspired guitar work, which for some may suggest a slot at the next Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival. But if you were after high energy rock in the ilk of his more well known outfits (Radio Birdman, The Hitmen and The Screaming Tribesmen) you might have been bemused or disappointed. That is, until the set closer, the band's killer take on Sonic's Rendezvous Band's "Electrophonic Tonic".

On balance, Klondike's North 40 and The Dead Set at The Empire of Annandale Hotel delivered what should have been expected.

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