SIX FT HICK
+ IAN RILEN & THE LOVE ADDICTS
+ THE EXILES
Annandale Hotel,
October 28 2005


Words: RICHARD SHARMAN
Pictures: RUSSELL COOPER

A sultry Friday night and another stellar line-up playing at The Annandale.

Unfortunately, I only caught the first couple of songs by The Exiles as I had to slip away to interview the Corbett brothers from Six Ft Hick. But from the little I saw and comments from a couple of friends they put on a good show and are now on my ever growing list of bands to see.

I got back downstairs halfway through the Love Addicts’ opening track “Booze to Blame”. From the get go you could see that Ian and his cohorts were primed and ready to play.

The sound coming through the Annandale PA was thunderous. The line up was Ian on guitar and vocals, Cathy Green on bass, Kim Volkman on lead and slide guitar and a recent addition, Dave Nicholls, on drums.

The band charged through a short and fiery set, Ian’s howling raspy vocals and pile driving guitar being propelled along by the thunderous rhythm section and Mr Volkman putting the icing on the cake with some scroching lead and slide guitar.

The set consisted of “401”, “Happy”, “Mobile Phone” a blistering work out of “I Dare Ya”, before moving into the dirty blues territory of “Bad for Good”. The finale was an extended meltdown version of “Wishing Well”. Smiles all ‘round!

A few minutes respite allowed for the downing of a couple more coldies and shooting the breeze with a few familiar faces.

It was then that Geoffro and Gentle Ben Corbett led their band Dan (guitar), Tony (bass) and Fred (drums) to the stage for a righteous dose of in-your-face, kickarse rock and roll.

The brothers tear straight into their business, that business being to create as much mayhem on stage (and beyond as possible). Whether it be backflips, climbing the stage and surrounds, excursions into the crowd and beyond and generally throwing themselves around with little concern for safety (their own or others) they are a sight to behold.

However, their showmanship alone wouldn’t mean much without their vocal talents, which ranged from a tender croon at times, to a shrieking and howling roar… a two pronged attack, co-ordinated to maximum effect.

The Hick ran through quite a few numbers, some highlights being “Hot Chicken Hero”, “Daddy’s Home”, “Smokin’ in Bed”, “Tobackhoe”, “Sweatin’ out the Sin”, and the delightfully named “I was Just Cleanin’ it (and it went off)”.

There was plenty of sweating out the sin and both bands and the crowd went off. A mighty fine night of dirty rock and roll delivered by two of the finest bands in Australia.






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