I had seen the Dayglo Abortions when they came out in 2003 so I was really looking forward to seeing them again. This gig was part of the final leg of their tour to promote their "Holy Shiite" album that has been selling really well on the punk charts.
Even though the Espy is popular with pub rock style bands, it isn't really that punk friendly. The bouncers booted people for sitting on the floor as their were no chairs in the Gershwin Room (they singled out the punks.) It's a sad state of affairs that the Espy is becoming more wankerised and will probably become more some once their open those yuppie wanker apartments on top of it. Firebomb Becton!
Rule 303 are from Sydney and played a good set of punk. There weren't that many people in at that stage, but they went really well.
Glenn & the Peanutbutter Men were great. I liked how Glen has a really traditional nasal twang punk singing voice similar to Johnny Rotten. The Dayglo Abortions described him as a punk Rodney Rude.
As usual the Twits played a great set with Fred & Steely coming out into the crowd. A highlight of the set was Fred's 'Humphrey B. Slipknot' gag. Seeing Lush walking around with a shoe covering his privates after they finished playing was a crack-up also.
"Pyschos! Psychos!" the crowd started chanting as soon as the Twits finished. It took them a bit to set up as they had to load up with their customary dozen or so slabs for their onstage rider.
Many people in the crowd seemed to have come just to see them and they had a lot of women fans. Basically, Melbourne Pub Rock = Cosmic Psychos! I have their "Fifteen Years, A Million Beers" double CD at home and it was good to hear them play some of the songs from it.
Ross Knight's introductions to the songs were great also:
"Eat more kangaroo, they're a waste of fucking space!" (Dead Roo)
"This song is dedicated to all the cute furry animals that I LOVE running over in my car and I LOVE shooting!" (Thank your mother for the rabbits)
There was somewhat of an exodus after they finished, but that's a stupid thing to do I reckon. The Dayglo Abortions were even better than last time as they have been playing all over.
Much amusement was had during their "Release the Hostages" song as they have worked out a way to get women to show their tits - FREE BEER! Local all-girl punk band Moll Patrol took advantage of the free beer and stayed on the side of the stage for the rest of the gig.
I'm not really into moshing so I let the hardcore punks get into it up the front. I think there were quite a few people from Melbourne punk bands there also which is always good to see.
The Dayglo Abortions played until about 2.30am with people wandering in from the pub towards the end as they opened the doors - why those three women walked into the middle of the mosh I don't know.
I was going to talk to some of the band, but they were busy. Instead I saw two women start pashing on in front of their boyfriends - Aren't people great?
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