mexican warmth meets pounding riffs.
Word by Alice Haddy Photos by Shannon Gunn
In attempt to discourage the icy, looming winter facing Adelaide’s streets, the fellas from Love Cream, Devils Crossroad and Cobra made a solid attempt to draw some Mexican warmth to the soft grunge-esque Crown and Anchor –an interesting mix indeed. In short, what the city originally lacked in Mexican flare was made up for in quirky enthusiasm for the ‘Mexican Extravaganza’.
Cobra (or as they dub themselves; “The Legendary Cobra” -fitting) graced the crowd as a four piece with the welcomed addition of a Saxophonist. Ultra smooth. It was a strong way to begin the evening, and had the enthusiastic audience rather tranced due to the excellent blend of drum, bass and sax. Cobra were somewhat absent in stage presence, although easily made up for this with musical excellence and solidly crafted songs. Technically, the band were more than up to scratch. The crowd was beginning to swell as they played their last track.
The Devils Crossroad were next up, an obvious highlight, with each member completely owning their chosen instrument. They were dressed the part with the lead singer’s face painted in Day of the Dead vibes and ponchos galore. Though it seemed the crowd were all on a smoke break, the band giggled and Nathan Dior, the lead vocalist, uttered “play the music and the people will come”. This rang true and by the middle of their set the room was as energetic and full as it would be for the remainder of the night. The musicians knew their instruments well and held the stage with a level of enthusiasm and pizazz; the addition of slide guitar made for a blues-based, punk feel. They finished up with a wild rendition of “Killing in the Name Of” which the band assumed “You’ll know this one”. Very true. The track rang out with audience members fighting for the mic and the male heavy demographic bouncing up and down.
Love Cream (cool name) were spunky and cool, to fit the preconceived idea of what they might be like, for those who hadn’t seen them before. They had a Red Foo feel in their clothing though definitely not in their music; pounding riffs and blunt vocals. The five piece bounced around their crowded stage to songs that emphasised their influence “women, Liam Neeson, the hygiene aisle in supermarkets”, needless to say they were the perfect end to the musical fiesta, with flair and energy. Their set was brimmed with high energy originals and they gave ‘Sex, Drugs, and Lord of the Rings’ a spin for the first time in years and were begged for an encore. To be honest you’d find me there opposed to Zambrero’s, any day.