Who keeps the Martians under wraps? The Adelaide music scene, of course.
Words by Paul Maland
The Freemason’s Hall opened its doors to music love- uh, Stonecutters from all walks of life this past Saturday, with seven local heavyweights and one Interstate act there to welcome patrons.
Local chosen ones Bad//Dreems co-headlined, performing their second headline show in two days after having played Jive as part of their Dogs At Bay tour the night prior. Joining Baddies as the second headline / chosen ones on the bill was Melbourne’s The Peep Tempel.
In an appetiser that would have any local fan frothing, the party was opened by Tall Enough To See, Young Offenders, The Hard Aches, Horror My Friend, God God Dammit Dammit, and Hightime. Lit-rock/post-hardcore trio Sincerely Grizzly who were scheduled to play earlier on the bill unfortunately had to pull out last minute.
The venue itself, when not hosting Stonecutters parties and beer busts, beer blasts, keggers, stein hoists and AA meetings, is home to the Adelaide chapter of the Freemasons society (built in the 1920s for the equivalent of $12,000,000 in today’s money). Saturday’s event took place in the venue’s “Great Hall”, a large, open function hall behind the lodge’s grandiose entry plaza and staircase.
The hall’s elaborate presentation and size proved a blessing and a curse when it came to the sound quality and acoustics of eight really loud bands; thunderous ricochets of sound off the walls of the heritage-listed building added depth while taking away quality, depending on where in the hall you found yourself. In times like these, as seems to be a staple of my reviews lately, a crowd-surfing guy dressed in a banana suit served as a pretty decent way to orient yourself amongst the small-to-medium sized pit. Thanks, Adelaide and your increasing need for potassium.
The event seemed to go mostly according to plan; each opening act added fuel to the fire of the crowd, with a casual hour lag between scheduled start times and actual. Eventually, the evening culminated in peak-party during Bad//Dreems’, set before things tapered off around 2am (who would’ve guessed?) for Peep Tempel. By the time the Melbournites had taken the stage, the crowd had taken a pretty big hit in numbers, largely replaced with crushed West End cans plastered all over the ground of the functional hall in their place.
All in all the event was a great way to celebrate some of the city’s finest talent, while keeping the stone of shame far at bay. Still no word on whether 5/4 entertainment have been provided with the stone of triumph for putting the whole thing together.