IAN RILEN & THE LOVE ADDICTS
+ WILD IDOLS
Spectrum, Sydney
April 23, 2005


Words: RICHARD SHARMAN

Pic: GREG DIGGS

This was a gig I had been looking forward to as soon as it was announced, this anticipation was increased once I heard Ian Rilen’s new album "Passion, Boot & Bruises".

This was my first time at Spectrum - the last time I had been in the room it was a dance floor for the sprawling Q Bar upstairs - and memories of it can best be described as hazy. It makes a great venue with a bar off to the left, some comfortable chairs off to the right and a decent sound system.

Ian Rilen had invited the Wild Idols up from Melbourne and they certainly kicked the night off in fine style. They are a four piece, twin guitar attack, the lead vocalist handling double bass duties and a drummer. They delivered a hard rocking sound that seemed to fall somewhere between The Cramps and AC/DC. Definitely a band to keep an eye and ear out for – if you get the chance see them!
The Love Addicts is Ian Rilen’s Melbourne based rock outfit, the line-up for the show was Rilen on vocals and guitar, Cathy Green on bass, Kim Volkman on lead guitar and Chris Wilson on drums.

They opened up with “Booze to Blame” and from the get go were blasting out dirty sleazy rock at its finest. Ian’s guitar was fuzzed up and dirty as fuck, his vocals were raspy and snarly, the Wilson/Green rhythm section gave you a nice kick in the guts and Kim Volkman’s lead work and rhythm play with Rilen was sensational.

Rilen prowled the stage and was smiling and leering and having a great time. Standouts from the set were the aforementioned opener, “401”, “Mobile Phone” and the final song “Rock and Roll Man”. Not that there was any filler in the set – this was a band on fire.

Ian Rilen is one of the true greats of Australian music and if you ever get the chance to see him play get there, you won’t regret it.



5 Beers and a massive hangover

 

 

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