+ INTERCONTINENTAL PLAYBOYS
Sandringham Hotel, Newtown, Sydney
Friday March 12, 2010
By SIMON LI
Photos by STEVEN "DANNO" LORKIN
With DollSquad’s debut gig in Sydney to launch their new “Lethal in Leather” albums, punters were offered quite the varied aural and visual smorgasboard.
Apologies to Raprager (whose ranks might have included ex-members of Nitocris and Atomicide) whose set I unfortunately missed due to yet another fabulous March day at the office.
I-94 Bar Records artists and most suave purveyors of '60s flavoured voodoo psych garage, The Intercontinental Playboys, followed and yet again delivered ample evidence (much of which was from their "Hymns of The Flesh" album.) Tonight showed why I-94 Bar Records believe so strongly in this band, with plenty of fine work from guitarist Benedict and smooth vocalising from Tom.
Platinum Brunette (whose ranks currently include ex-Killer Klown/Crackwhore Matt Hell on guitar) followed and proceeded to take the nights proceedings into sonic overdrive with their tongue-in-cheek, cross-dressing punk/metal. It was an interesting welcome for the headliners.
DollSquad's new-ish line-up (now including bassist Aleks) truly impressed, mixing songs from their "Lethal in Leather" CD such as "Cave Gurl" and "Cool Baby" with older material like "I Don’t Need No Doctor".
The band encored with covers of as the chestnut "Hot Generation" and The Runaways "Cherry Bomb".
The leather-clad DollSquad gals at Sandringham Hotel proved quite lethal and proved to be one of the highlights of the Sydney live year so far.
By STEVEN "DANNO"LORKIN
From the second Dollsquad hit the Sando stage it was obvious they meant deadly serious business , decked from head to toe in high-heeled leather hell and with lead singer Joey swinging a massive chain. The band screamed danger just as much as any Russ Meyer female lead character.
Putting on a real show is something that is sadly lacking in today’s pub rock scene, Dollsquad pouted and posed through the entire 60-plus-minute set, KOTJMF.
The sound is a hybrid of 70s punk, snotty garage and glam which others have attempted in the past, but DS chucked a good enough dose of bad fun to make it work.
Most of their new album got played, plus covers of "Hot Generation" (originally recorded by Aussie garage surf punkers The Sunsets), "Bad News Travels Fast" (Fuzztones) and "Peanut Duck" ( a great 60s soul track so obscure that nobody is entirely sure of the performers name). Sadly nothing from the early line-up album got played.
Live, the tracks from the new album sound great, probably even better than the studio recordings.
Openers, The Intercontinental Playboys played one of their toughest sounding sets in yonks, the big boomy new Sando room and PA gave them a tough tough edge, also glad to see the uniforms have been ditched.
Platinum Brunette were perhaps an odd choice for the support: Three ugly dudes dressed up as even uglier chicks, they rocked hard in a punk Motley Crue / Donnas metal style. The punters dug them.
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