Going to the Torquay pub on Australia Day is see the Cosmic Psychos is as Aussie as it gets, what a bloody time to celebrate (disclaimer: celebrating sweet tunes, not the now very controversial date).
If you have read any of my reviews (even though you probably haven’t), you’ll know that The Living Eyes are hands down my favourite act from the region. Time and time again they play with precision and I’m really stoked to see the positive hype they seem to be accumulating the last few years. Smashing through their newer songs, tracks like ‘Horseplay’ and ‘Spring’ got the crowd pumped up while some older personal favourites of mine also made their way into the set. Example- ‘Eat It Up’ fuck, I just love that song. Their set also took a welcomed change in the form of a cover with an unreal rendition of The Cure’s lesser known track “I Just Need Myself.”
Bad/Dreems came all the way down from Adelaide for this show, ripper move lads. Being one of the harder and heavier acts of the day they were a great way to get the punters up and about. Their old school style of Aus Punk has been hyped for quite sometime now so I was stoked to finally be able to see them. ‘Cuffed and Collared’ was definitely a crowd favourite of the day, but I was slightly distracted by the riff…call me daft but it sounds a little bit similar to GOD’s ‘My Pal’ doesn’t it?
Cash Savage and the Last Drinks are one of those acts that seem to play everywhere but I have never managed to see them until now. I don’t really know what to expect but I do know they well exceeded any expectations. For starters-I was expecting something a bit more Country. Don’t ask me why, that’s just the impression I’ve always got. Instead, I was delighted to find out Cash Savage is closer to the realms of Nick Cave or The Drones. The second reason my expectations where blown away was the violin player, such an incredible component to chuck into the mix. Thirdly, the combination of the percussion and the keys at times gaze sonically huge soundscapes. Overall I really enjoyed their set. One bloke in the urinal told me, “I don’t know why, but I just don’t dig them’… to that I say, ‘I don’t know why, but I don’t really dig that opinion, because they were badass.’
The Cosmic Psychos are the Cosmic Psycho’s, meaning they don’t need an introduction. Showing that old blokes can still party, they ripped through their set as if it was a freshly chilled slab. ‘A Nice Day To Go To The Pub’ made an appearance early and quickly turned the punters into a crowd of soccer fans… the sing-alongs where wild . ‘Feelin Average’, ‘Too Young to Die’ and ‘Fuckwit City’ where all crowd favourites with people literally climbing the rafters at the top of the roof… much to the security’s distain.
Where: The Torquay Hotel
When: January 26 2019
Reviewed by Alex Callan
Photos by Patrick Britt Photography