Jack Nasty Face.

Daredevil smiley face.


Atomicide angsty-face.

Gary Slater face.


Houndog face.

VOODOO LUST
+ JACK NASTY FACE
+ DAREDEVIL
+ ATOMICIDE
The Empire Hotel, Annandale
Saturday, February 2, 2008


Words: SIMON LI


Pictures: CAROL SLATER

Reconstituted '80s Sydney band Voodoo Lust was headlining tonight at the recently refurbished Empire of Annandale Hotel, in what was advertised as a one-off reunion, and they proved to be one impressive outfit.

Apologies to Atomicide and Daredevil, both of whom I missed but had seen before.

This was a repeat sighting of Jack Nasty Face and they've developed into a intriguing and formidable unit.

Blessed with an experienced rhythm section comprised of ex-members of now departed Sydney bands The High Society and Sheek The Shayk, Jack Nasty Face delivered an energetic and impressive set of primal, jungle garage rock, to be filed alongside the likes of The Cramps and The Scientists.

Vocalist Jack Nasty pulled out all stops to engage an appreciative audience.

I had only a general awareness of tonight's headliners, Voodoo Lust but was more familiar with various band members' more recent projects (Trilobites, The Upsets, The New Christs, The Raouls and Adolphus.)

Tonight's promise was of an experienced and formidable group of players playing the music they were initially best known for.

Opening with the "Peter Gunn Theme" the band tore through its set with original songs such like "Stop Breaking My Heart", "Story Of My Life", "Say Goodbye", "Gossip", "Lost Generation" and "Shake Shake." Prominent in the covers were the Sunnyboys' "Seeker", Jimi Hendrix's "Fire", The Who's "The Kids Are Alright" and the Nick Lowe-penned "Peace, Love and Understanding."

The song selection and performance ably showcased the band's unique mix of punk meets pop which somehow found fell between the cracks back in the band's heyday. Tonight proved what fans and the band knew all along - that this was a travesty of justice.

Vocalist Gary Slater proved himself to still be a great singer. For a guy of his diminutive stature, Tony "Houndog" Harper proved he has a sound that can fill a room and gave more than ample proof of why his guitar prowess was so sought after by The New Christs.

The rhythm section of Steve King and Phil Jacquet was a revelation in iutself and provided the rock solid base for The Houndo'gs guitar prowess.

Voodoo Lust at The Empire of Annandale Hotel was one impressive showing by these punk-meets-pop pioneers.

Any more shows happening?

 

 

 

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