This Party Sucks consists of two ex Queenslanders sharing guitar/drum/vocal duties, lending each others musical strengths unto one accurate depiction of what it would be like if one combined Gutters and Nite School. The set starts with Hannah on guitar/vocals, with Andrea drumming. So familiar territory given their backgrounds. Songs were pretty basic, limited to blocky bar-the-same-fret power chords, drums the usual 4/4 beat. Vocals good though. Fun. Ten Minutes.
MATTHEW BROWN (SOARING SYNTH SOUNDSCAPE)
Laying pensive on the ground stretched over a bulky Synth, Matthew Brown's set starts with harmonising chords creating a moody atmosphere. Sparse notes devour the chords, in a precise manner. Called a Synth master by peers, Matthew's performance is driven and seemingly planned - which unlike most Synth based performances has a direction which lends it to being interesting, well thought out and controlled. Eighteen minutes.
ARTS AND CRAFTS (JAM SESH W/ MATES)
Three piece guitar/drum/bass band Arts and Craft's instrumental set reflected older more tradititonal styles of 'rock n roll'. Some interesting 'riffs' reminscent of Brisbane's old favourites Turnpike. Bouncy bass lines, strong drums and scratchy guitar sounds - enjoyable, albeit self indulgent. Eighteen minutes.
NO NEWS (SLACK EMOTIONS)
No News are from sydney, are an acoustic guitar, low nonchalant vocals and the barest percussion. They open with what is announced as a wasted sperm cover, being summerwinds.
No News were really likable, they only played three songs but it was really good. Eight minutes.
Acid Casualty are Mai, Lei and Hannah. Much like this party sucks, Hannah makes a swap with Lei halfway through, only this time theres a more distinct change in style, given their differing guitar styles. They play four songs, with Lei fronting the band for the first two and Hannah the second two. The first two are pretty reminscent of me mu, but more straight forward with basic drums. Mai's basslines bounce around the songs playfully, giving the songs an extra level of interest where the bass would usually sit in the background for any other band. Hannah's vocals for the second half were right good. Check it outtttt. First song was really catchy. Ten minutes.
SUPER STAR (LOOPY PEDALLED NOTES)
Featuring looped guitar and various keyboard/synths - Super Star's set has a jaunty feel to it, the high short plucky guitar brings a new fresh, interesting face to the normally lacking guitar loop bands. The synth is placed in the background, used as a foundation. The lowfi, buzzing tones gives Super Star the light and shade contrast. Conjured up images of the Willy Wonka boat ride. Twenty Minutes.
MARL KARX (UNREVIEWABLE)
ABSOLUTEN CALFUETRAIL (SELF HELP GURU)