March 8, 2019
It is not exactly the best kept secret that The Beasts of Bourbon are one of my favourite Australian bands. Given last year’s departure of their bassist Brian Hooper and Spencer P. Jones, two integral constituents of this fantastic band, one could not be blamed to think that after a last emotional concert with the original line-up, that this chapter was done and dusted.
However, as their new album title suggests, they are still here.
Reinforced by Kim Salmon, they have recorded an offering that is a veritable and raw tour de force with no frills, embodying the gritty DNA of the Beasts and the fact that the recordings seem to have been nailed down on the spot based on sketchy idea only contributes to its allure.
In a live environment, The Beasts are something else.
Tex Perkins has yet to deliver a disappointment in any of his many incarnations and tonight among Kim and Boris Sujdovic from the immensely influential The Scientist, Charlie Owen with his unique strumming style and Tony Pola of The Surrealists’ fame, The Beasts did what they have always done best:
They effortlessly slay as their channel their alchemy via a never not eclectic melange of sleazy swamp blues pub rock, punk carried by their idiosyncratic menacing swagger, which in 2019 and given what the band has been through last year was infused with a good portion of both defiance and a sense of renewal.
With Kim Salmon from being back in the fold and his bludgeoning riffs, there was again the explosive dynamic that has always made The Beasts the cruelly sardonic, dangerous, self-effacing and compelling unicum and one of the best untamed rock’n roll bands on this earthround with tonight adding a deeper going new layer as they seemed be genuinely enjoying performing together and more centred in the moment.
ZIRK! CIRCUS SYDNEY OPENING NIGHT Moore Park Sydney, Australia July 6, 2019 As the Colombian sculptor and figurative artists Fernando Botero put it oh so eloquently: “ The circus allows ... read more
Water of Life – Amrut Naarangi and Kadhambam I have always had a weak spot for sludge metal from New Orleans and Down’s “Bury me in smoke” is a ... read more
Thus Let Us Drink Beer – Edge Brewing Project There seems to be a newer ending influx of newly established breweries dabbling in the creation of craft beers with ... read more
Water of Life – Sullivans Cove Sullivans Cove is quite something. Not that the Australian and specifically Tasmanian whisky scenes lack allure – au contraire – fantastic distilleries are ... read more
Water of Life – Michter’s Ah, bourbon – the whisky of the South! Full disclosure: On the road, I find it indefinitely harder to locate a good bourbon within ... read more
Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:
Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.