THE POWDER MONKEYS'
"OUTTA CONTROL ROCK 'N' ROLL" LAUNCH
featuring
HOSS + THE ONYAS + THE SAILORS
THE MEATBEATERS + SLY FAULKNER
+ SPENCER P JONES + THE ROOBS
The Tote Hotel, Collingwood
November 19, 2005

By SIMON LI

Tonight was the the launch of the Powder Monkeys "Outta Control Rock 'n' Roll" and a strong of bands and performers who had either played with and/or fondly remembered Tim Hemensley and The Powder Monkeys had been asked to perform. The Tote was the long time venue where the Powder Monkeys
ruled the stage with the a solid, clenched iron fist.

Opening tonight were Tassie four-piece The Roobs who feature ex-Surfin' Poobars/Powder Monkeys drummer Timmy Jack Ray back on drums. Their
guitarist bore resemblance to the late Tim Hemensley and Sylvain Sylvain of The New York Dolls which I found almost frightening, if not
unnnerving. Their singer mixed the energy and antics of the late GG Allin, which is to say he delivered some some great rock 'n' roll vocals.

The Roobs set was mainly comprised of their own compositions and closed with a great take on "Chinese Rocks".

Next was Spencer Jones in a rare appearance in solo and electric mode and without The Escape Committee (with whom he would appear later tonight at Melbourne's Dan O'Connell Hotel in its "Carlton Room"). Spencer has long been a favourite of most at the I-94 Bar and his set enhanced his reputation for
classic, rootsy and heartfelt rock 'n' roll. Most songs were not unexpectedly more recent material recorded with both Cow Penalty and The Escape Committee and included was a killer take on his own "Execution Day".

Following Spencer was former Splatterhead/Red Planet Rocketts vocalist/guitarist Sly Faulker (pictured above) who I hadn't seen live since the late '90s when he shared the stage at a rare Tim Hemensley solo gig one Christmas Eve night at Melbourne's Corner Hotel front bar. Like Spencer, Sly played solo and electric and played a great set of self-penned gems, some of which probably drawn from his Splatterheads and/or Red Planet Rocketts back catalogue.

Adelaide's The Meatbeaters followed (above) and I last sighted them at Sydney's Annandale Hotel in 2004 when they supported The Kelpies. Their set showed a strong Motorhead influence with their edgy vocalist displaying some self deprecative humour with tunes like "We're a Cunt of a Band". Impressive Motorhead and Poison Idea covers also figured.

The Sailors (above) delivered another great set of their "fag friendly" songs such ("YCMA" and "I Hate Myself") and featured guest guitarist (ex Red Shift/Stuntcar Drivers/The Casanovas) James "Fatty" Saunders deputising for vocalist/guitarist Viktor, who is probably away on urgent men's business.

The Onyas followed and delivered their classic brand Aussie yob punk rock and had drummer Jaws back in the fold (he's currently with Melbourne's The Casanovas, who are preparing for the release of their next CD). Shows might be infrequent but tonight the band were back to their best.

Prior to Hoss taking the stage, former Bored!/Hoss/Powder Monkeys guitarist John Nolan got up and thanked those in attendance.

Hoss (another act I had not seen live in a few years) delivered a memorable set with songs with songs like "The Goddess has Time", "Ark", "Jack of Grubs" and a take on' 60s classic "Where Have All The Good Times Gone". Vocalist/guitarist Joel Silbersher took a moment to reflect on how he still thinks everyday about the late Tim Hemensley since his passing, as he awakens from the previous evening's sleep.

This was a memorable gig and a fitting launch for the final release from the Powder Monkeys at the Totel Hotel, arguably the best live rock 'n' roll venue in Australia.

 

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