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Empire Hotel, Annandale
Saturday, February 18 2006
By RICHARD SHARMAN
It looked like another stellar line-up that Barfly Promotions had arranged at the Empire.
First cab off the rank were Richie and the Creeps, the Wollongong based outfit fronted by ex-Tumbleweeder Richie Lewis. This outfit pumped out some fine '60s style garage rock and were an excellent way to get the evening underway.
Next were another band from the ‘gong, Hytest - “the little band that could” - a young three-piece that rock their arses off. These guys are good – high energy, hard hitting music and definitely a band on the rise that had the half-filled Empire rocking out. This band definitely can!
After a short break, WA expatriates Jed Whitey took to the stage. From their tune up you could tell it was going to be loud – and it was! These four boys got straight into a full on rock n roll assault – short, catchy, brutal tunes – they didn’t catch their breath between songs and put on one of the most blistering sets I have seen in a long time. Top shelf!
For the finale it was the Melbourne quartet The Swedish Magazines. I had heard big raps on these guys and was looking forward to seeing them. They delivered hard guitar rock, a bit classic Oz Rock mixed with a healthy dose of punk attitude.
Somehow though they came over a little flat, especially when compared to Jed Whitey and Hytest. Perhaps it was that they had a fill-in drummer, perhaps it was the lukewarm reception from the disappointing crowd, maybe they were tired from being on the road or a combination of all three. Still, a good fun band who, on a good night, I think could be much better.
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