AN AUSTRALIAN FAVOURITE RETURNED TO THE GOV JOINED BY TWO OF ADELAIDE'S BEST.
Words & Photos by Kate Sansome
The Governor Hindmarsh tops the list for best for my favourite venue in Adelaide. With its amazing acoustics and colourful light shows, it really is the perfect platform for making any packed gig still feel intimate and special. It is no surprise that Melbourne band, British India and their reputation for an exciting live show managed to sell out The Gov on Saturday night.
Supporting British India was Adelaide's own, Horror My Friend, who had celebrated the release of their single ‘Mazes’ the night before. After seeing multiple posts on Facebook about the band being hungover and their shy, “we are Horror My Friend and we are from Adelaide and yeah,” I was expecting them to take it easy, yet they still delivered a hard, powerful set. The audience was unprepared, to say the least, for the synchronized head banging and electrifying performance. Unfortunately, most of the audience enjoyed the band from at least two metres away from the stage, with the guitarist suggesting everyone “Come closer so we can hang out.” Despite this, Horror My Friend’s performance was absolutely spectacular and I would recommend getting behind them before they absolutely blow up!
Co-Adelaide band, Grenadiers, killed it with a very energetic and full on set with their unique take on the rock genre. In summary, there was snot, spit and a lot of sweat - all the ingredients for an impressive live show. Everyone in the crowd was dancing uncontrollably and I can guarantee no one cared about how sweaty or messy they were getting whilst enjoying the set. In comparison to the tentative, younger boys from Horror My Friend, the lead singer for Grenadiers was very charismatic and able to get the crowd excited, especially when they closed their set with album title-track ‘Summer.’
British India came on stage in what felt like a foggy spacey dream, or essentially just bombarded with a smoke machine. They riled up the crowd playing their 2014 hit single, ‘Wrong Direction’ which, to say the least, made everyone go crazy. An honourable mention to the decade-old band who played songs spanning all their records, and not just songs from their most recent release. In comparison to their previous records, Nothing Touches Me is a lot softer with the groovy addition of a keyboardist to the band. They played their very first single, ‘Outside 109’, and asked if anyone knew the chords for, ‘Council Flat,’ because they had not played it in a while. British India delivered an amazing concert and proved that they still got it!