Punters who braved the Fringe Festival opening night crowds were rewarded with a show well worth the price of admission by two local acts and an interstate trio. Sincerely, Grizzly + My Piranha + Relying On Luck at the Crown and Anchor was the perfect fringe opening, unofficial fringe gig.
Words by Paul Maland
LUCK NOT REQUIRED Opening up the night were Adelaide’s own punk-rockers Relying On Luck. Seemingly quiet numbers and a mess of Fringe casualties flooding the streets outside the Cranka didn’t stop fast-tempo and thunderous punk-grunge verses filling the room. Being first on stage often means a quieter audience and a lot of empty spots in the crowd that some acts may find disheartening, though any queries about the band’s dedication would quickly be put to rest by the end of their set; a core component of any punk band worth their salt is energy, and that’s one thing Relying On Luck excel at. As the crowd thickened, they were treated to the band’s upcoming single Jaw Breaker, expected out some time next month. The band is riding loudly into their third year of shows, with a new EP set to be released in May.
VICTORIANS AREN'T ALL BAD Second on the bill were interstate act My Piranha, hailing from Victoria. If I had to use two words and a band to describe these guys to you it would be ‘polished’, ‘refined’ and The Vines. My Piranha are also rocketing into their third year of playing shows, and that does not go un-noticed watching them play. A very refined and clearly well-rehearsed set was interjected with a few new songs, each proving no challenge to band members. A lot like The Vines, the band combine a boppy ‘60s garage sound with ‘90s alternative grunge notes. Certainly worth keeping on your radar if alternate is your jam.
SINCERE QUALITY Headliners Sincerely, Grizzly graced the stage to wrap up the night and fill-up the room. By the end of their first song, the empty spots in the room were filled and the word ‘polished’ was at the forefront of my mind again. The band’s debut album ‘Halves’ was rated #34 in the AU Review’s Best Australian Albums of the Year and was easily one of the biggest local releases of 2014, and for good reason. Grizzly’s songs are generally post-hardcore in nature with lingering chords that form a narrative almost as articulate as the lyrics. Lots of build-ups and break-downs complimented by rolling bridges left the more inebriated tiresome after a haphazard mosh, and general listeners pleased with the performance. The quality of Halves is easily doubled by the energy of a solid live performance.
Despite the heat and general groaning that often comes along with Fringe Opening Night, Grizzly (and supports) put on a show easily worth wandering into town for and throwing a fiver at.
Photos by Shannon Gunn