Words: Jasmine Uitermark-Thaung
Jack Rabbit Slim’s gave Perth folk the perfect alternative to spending Australia Day eve poolside on Monday. It also reflected positively on Slim’s that they chose a different date rather than the 26th…perhaps it was a logical conclusion that pretty much everyone would be too wrecked to head out come evening.
Welcoming punters through the door with a snag and bun in hand the venue yet again showed that they know their crowd better than you know the back of your hand.
After making a bee-line for the bar and milling about whilst The Spunloves churned out a series of tracks from their debut EP. Spurring some movement in the ranks, the crowd banded together in a show of support for the group’s last song of their set. Swaying together, drinks in hand…the evening was measuring up to something great.
By the time Verge Collection came on there were quite a few beer jugs floating around and everyone seemed to be in high spirits. Wielding their uniquely Australian label of indie rock, the band have won our hearts for being a relatable crew whilst ultimately still acting like a bunch of larrikins on stage. Staying true to the image, we saw bassist, Andrew Trewin donning a Union Jack bucket hat, dressed in a singlet and thongs ploughing through the laidback rhythms to Feel Bad Songs. With every riff resounding into our far too nostalgic hearts, the broken ‘plugga’ from Trewin provided a much need laugh from the surrounding crowd. As Verge launched into their rendition of Beyonce’s Say My Name, a friend who had mentioned the cover earlier was ecstatic and the grins on everyone’s faces were something you weren’t able to wipe off. The mood only rocketed from there for the last and most iconic song of the Perth band’s set, Our Place for which Verge Collection have just released a video.
Bad//Dreems gave their all at Jack Rabbit Slim’s on Monday night. Within minutes of the band rocking out on stage a mosh pit had formed that rivalled Thee Oh Sees, last Saturday…in fact it was the first time I’d seen a proper mosh at Slim’s. With the venue playing host to an eclectic mix of electronic, future bass and indie acts, Bad Dreems took the cake for most intense. You could almost make out the side stage security gritting their teeth at the chaos unfolding below them if you squinted your eyes hard enough. Thrashing my head around with the rest of the Slim’s punters to Hiding to Nothing, the crowd moved as a wave against the stage as we all tried to keep our footing. Throwing in a cover of Shannon Noll’s What About Me had everyone going ballistic and there’s something to be said about the only relatively tame song that night being Cuffed and Collared, especially considering the driving riff that propels through the 3 minute track. It was also rather fitting that I managed to get kicked in the eye at the precise moment Ben Marwe sang ‘cuffed and collared, bleeding on the ground’…thankfully I only ended up a little dazed but you know what they say, “Drank times equal dank times.”
This Saturday at Slim's you can catch local favourites, Tired Lion.