Guru mid-flight: Brad Shepherd takes a running jump.

"CLASH OF THE TITANS"
HOODOO GURUS +
RADIO BIRDMAN +
THE STEMS
Regent Theatre, Wollongong
Friday, September 21, 2007

Words: RAY COCHRANE
Pcitures: KARENA HOYER

This was my 1st Birdman gig – I had third row tickets for the cancelled Iggy Pop support in Sydney in the later '70s. I’ve waited 30 years - that means it was hopefully going to be worth it.

The sound for the Stems was bad. They did a great job within the circumstances. I saw them in Fairfield just after they moved from Perth.

The sound for Birdman was marginally better – couldn’t understand a word Rob Younger spoke. The band hit hard from the first note and the crowd hit their feet.

Not so many solos from Deniz Tek though Chris Masuak ripped it apart. The altered solo in "Aloha Steve & Danno" was a surprise - and went down a treat despite Deniz’s guitar problem and the roadie not having a backup ready to go.


Rob still has some of the oddest, yet thoroughly perfect moves in rock.

Pip Hoyle really looked, but didn’t sound, out of place – just the non rock of his outfit I suppose - and no beret! He had a dud spot in a solo – the volume seemed to drop away for a measure or two. I wish there’d been time for more songs that feature his playing – "Man with Golden Helmet" maybe – I’ve always loved the atonality of that.

The rhythm section thundered away brilliantly - I remember Dickson from the Christs – and it's interesting how well their sound projected compared to the sonic disaster of the over amped drums burying the bass in the Hoodoos' set. The mix for the main attraction was simply awful – lots of folk walked out – which is a pity as they were always a fun gig.

I was stuck upstairs and felt a little abstracted from the action but the music was excellent – the "Zeno" songs really came across in the live setting.

I went home happy with a Stems and Birdman T-shirt as well – I was very tempted by the "Zeno" vinyl on sale – but since my second pressing "Radios Appear" is still in its shrink wrap I figured I’d demure this time.

Thanks for a great experience!

Radio Birdman: Deniz and Rusty calls the changes while Rob lays on those moves.


Dave Faulkner shows his support for a fellow Sydney band.


More Brad back-bends.


 


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