Phrases by Christine Tsimbis
Pics by David Harris
Regardless of enjoying to a decreased crowd attributable to COVID restrictions, Cosmic Psychos have been extra energetic than ever.
After greater than a yr, Melbourne punk troubadours Cosmic Psychos seized the stage once again, in recognition of their new fiery single ‘Mountain of Piss’.
The thrill was brimming as Aussie blues outfit Thee Cha Cha Chas emerged first – the 2 musicians Lluis Fuzzhound and Kylie Kooks igniting the stage with a bunch of tracks within the tight area of half-hour. Their mixed passionate vocals and pushed riffs spun a fascinating set as their musical chemistry enticed their viewers. In addition they managed to throw some good-natured banter in between tracks, displaying everyone simply how a lot they like to entertain in addition to play music.
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Ute Root then took over. The band’s three members Boots, Kate and Matty shared the vocals and unapologetically projected their loud, obnoxious sound onto the viewers. Massive tracks included ‘Freedom’, ‘Ketamine Queen’ and ‘Hey Miho’, with Boots and Matty fuelling the frenzy with their aggressively-husky vocals, head banging and shifting across the stage. Then there was Kate, who completely kicked ass behind the package along with her fast-paced drumming. It was a frenzied set, and one which obtained everyone into gear for the ultimate deal with of the night time.
As soon as Cosmic Psychos emerged, chaos ensued as they took a leaf from their 2011 album Glorius Barsteds, launching into their first observe for the night time, ‘Pub’. The distorted guitar fuzz and marching drums instantly had individuals head banging, dancing and singing alongside to the lyrics. Lead vocalist and bass guitarist Ross Knight then belted out the lyrics to ‘Good Day To Go To The Pub’, a widely known Aussie gem, whereas drummer Dean Muller kicked into gear and echoed Knight along with his backing vocals.
The band performed firecrackers such ‘Lead Me Astray’, ‘Useless In A Ditch’ and ‘Quarter To Three’, though it was their efficiency of ‘Fuckwit Metropolis’ that actually stood out – Knight’s barking vocals repeatedly drilling the refrain “Fuckwit Metropolis is the place the place you belong” into the group, who have been chanting simply as loudly, and the frenetic guitar riffs and drumming kindling the mayhem that engulfed the venue.
Ten minutes earlier than the top of the set, the band determined to cheekily stroll off the stage with out warning, pretending that their set was completed. The lights dimmed, however no one was fooled – they knew that their beloved punk misfits have been going to return again and trigger extra of a multitude. One in all Thee Cha Cha Chas got here on the stage to tease the viewers, together with Boots from Ute Root, after which (in fact) Cosmic Psychos, who returned carrying hilarious inexperienced beer outfits.
They proceeded to play soiled punk ballads similar to ‘Elle’, whereas John McKeering determined to take his prime off and roll his stomach to entertain the group. It was an absolute killer of an evening, the infectious enthusiasm and devil-may-care angle of the band successfully rolling via the viewers. Cosmic Psychos remind individuals methods to have enjoyable and never give a shit. And so they do it admirably.
Spotlight: ‘Good Day To Go To The Pub’ – actually a real blue Aussie observe!
Lowlight: COVID meant there weren’t sufficient individuals on the venue.
Crowd favorite: ‘Fuckwit Metropolis’