When I arrived at the basement, some guy was playing a solo set, I have no idea who he was. Or maybe he was just playing a few songs?? He doesn't appear to have been on the official bill. Anyway, he was basically done by the time I got there.
Next on stage were a two-piece who totally rocked (Las Cavaleros). It was apparently their first ever gig, and considering that, they did really well. Even not considering that, they did well! Even with just guitar and drums, it didn't matter. It sounded good and groovy and a little bit progressive. A friend also commented that it's always good when guys on stage take their shirts off (which the drummer did). She related how at the Screwtop Detonators' gigs, the drummer would always take his shirt off basically at the first song.
The Fags, errr I mean The Loose Lips got on stage next and played a good show, despite some hungover members. I learned recently that Louis often just makes up the words on the night - not sure if that was for one song in particular or for every song. There are various lines that stay the same, naturally, like choruses. But I wonder how many versions of verses this band has out there in the rock ether!
It was only during the Loose Lips' set that I realised what band was playing next...The Volcanics! As far as I can tell, the last time I saw them live was in 2007, so it had been a while. Apparently there's been "a slight line-up change", but honestly I can't remember who was in the band before, so not sure who's new. Naturally I know that John Phatouros is still in the band . ;) These boys rock on stage, and even if they didn't play any of my favourite songs by them ("So Cold", "[track artist=The Volcanics]Nuthin' For You", and the one about "c-c-c-ca-call me" or a cat or something), I still had a great time listening to their totally testosterone-fulled punkesque pub rock. The guitarist was fucking AWESOME, as was the bassist. Basically I watched in awe and resisted the urge to bow down to their superb talent. At one point, John P. said, "Hey Perth, how about some of you come forward & dance? There's a huge gap here at the front of the floor... That is just so Perth." This guy immediately ran up & sat on the floor in front of the stage, and John P. said, "You're not from Perth are you? You can't be from Perth if you're that close to the stage." He's right, though. It does happen a lot. Guess you gotta be a huge band to get more action up front.