KLONDIKE'S NORTH 40
+ THE PASSENGERS
+ THE RIPPING DYLANS
Excelsior Hotel, Surry Hills
November 17, 2007

Words: SIMON LI
Photo: PAUL WINDOW


Just as fellow I-i94 Bar reviewer TJ Honeysuckle mentions in his review of "The Straight Path", the following review of tonight's gig featuring Klondike's North 40 (launching their aforementioned debut CDLP) has not been a result any undue influence/instruction from the Barman.

Apologies to both The Ripping Dylans (whom your reviewer is informed is likely to have garnered a mixed response to its set tonight) and Angie Pepper and The Passengers whom your reviewer both unfortunately missed due to a prior engagement during the day.

So to Klondike's North 40, who opened with the up-tempo rocker "The Dreamer" which impressed. From there, much of the "The Straight Path", would be showcased. The set included highlights such as the heavy but also somewhat funky 'Traffic Jam' (featuring guest Angie Pepper, with John Rooney who was one of two guest vocalists to appear alongside regular North 40 singer Matt Sulman.) Angie was reprising her vocal appearance on "The Straight Path". Other highlights were the hard rockin' "Recipe for Disaster", the clever "Stupid Planet", "Trust in No One" and set closer, Sonic's Rendezvous Band's "Electrophonic Tonic".

Despite Chris "Klondike" Masuak's frequent references to jet lag, the band challenged the previously acscribed notion/tag of being a handy blues outfit with strong rock leanings. Tonight's performance meant its rock leanings were brought into sharper focus, which may be reflective of "The Straight Path" or the upcoming return of The Hitmen.

For tonight's encores (which required some cajolling on the audience's behalf), the band delivered the psyched out "Falling" and the bluesy "Big Finned Cruiser".

Another classy gig from Klondike's North 40 to launch its unique and distinctive release "The Straight Path'".

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