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The Aints play The Saints @ Factory Theatre

Posted Nov. 27, 2017, 8:41 a.m. by T

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The Aints play The Saints

Factory Theatre

Sydney, Australia

November 24, 2017

The Aints is a band name used by Ed Kuepper during his prolific early 1990s period for loud, feedback-drenched three-piece performance and recordings.

The name is obviously a variation on The Saints, the band Kuepper had formed with Chris Bailey in Brisbane in the early 1970s. It apparently derived from an old Saints bass drum head on which the initial letter "S" had worn off.

Kuepper has stated his aim with the Aints was to recapture the energy of the Saints in the late 1970s. Although the band's set started with Saints material, the sound of the band was more a driving three-piece with Neil Young-style feedback. The later original material featured saxophone and a more free-form approach.

According to Sir Bob Geldorf, rock music in the seventies was changed by three bands—the Sex Pistols, the Ramones and The Saints.

Having seen Glen Matlock and Marky Ramone within the last eight days, the missing component of the triumvirate was performing tonight:

On the 40th anniversary of the release of The Saints’ classic album ‘(I’m) Stranded’, founding member, guitarist and songwriter Ed Kuepper revisited the material performed by that seminal band from an era when a suburban Brisbane band took their sound to the world.

Alongside bassist Peter Oxley (Sunnyboys), drummer Paul Larson (The Celibate Rifles), keyboardist Alister Spence and a guest brass section The Aints’ performed the songs that spanned The Saints first three ground-breaking albums: the proto-punk classic ‘(I’m) Stranded’ (1977), the hugely influential ‘Eternally Yours’ (1978), and the genre-defying ‘Prehistoric Sounds’ (1978).

The Aints reclaim the songs and the energy of The Saints.

Flanked by Peter Oxley on bass and the Celibate Rifles’ Paul Larsen on drums, along with a horn section and long-term collaborator Alister Spence on keyboards, Kuepper’s band is built for purpose, and purpose is to belt out the classics with passion and vengeance rather than a minute rendition of past glories.

Given the announcement of what territory was to be covered, the setlist was predictable in terms of being a classic fest with the occasional oddity, i.e. unrecorded ditty, thrown in for good measure, with the band visibly enjoying themselves, which translated to the audience.

I’ve seen The Saints in various incarnations and tonight was one of the more fun and engaging ones.

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