Review: 'Messy Pissmas' Christmas Party at The Ed Castle

Words by Oliver Marshall

The Ed Castle played host to a huge line-up of local Adelaide music courtesy of the “ratbags that brought you Punk Ass Kids” for their 'Messy Pissmas' Christmas Party.

Punk rockers Daydream kicked off live music proceedings with their gritty and honest sounding rock. Their set was also a single launch for their new track ‘It's Over'. A great rock song, but the addition of heartfelt vocals and intricate guitar riffs really makes it stand out from the crowd. The four piece also tried their hands at one of the more recognisable pop tunes of the 90s, with a cover of the Friends theme song, 'I'll be there for you'. The ability to take a straight up pop track and turn it into a great rock tune was an impressive highlight.

Next up on the bill were Tough Boys... The two singers, one dressed in an orange tradies singlet, the other dressed in a singlet and tights that belong in 80s fitness montage, donned huge sunglasses and got in formation for their backing track to play. The backing track was futuristic yet somehow very 80s. The highlight of the set was probably their song ‘Two Way Street’, the catchy power rock track that again flirted with the line of futuristic and 80s was a crowd-pleaser... The Axle Rose-style high notes were also very impressive.

Local Psych rockers Druid Fluids were up next, fresh off the back of their appearance at Gizzfest with King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard. They brought their laid-back dreamy style to the Ed. Their set consisted of originals and a couple of covers including a rendition of ‘The River’ by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. They also bravely took on the Beatles classic ‘I want you (she’s so heavy)’ and nailed it. Its no mean feat to do a Beatles song justice and Druid Fluids definitely did.

Unfortunately Rat Ta’ Mango had to pull out of their set earlier in the day due to unforseen circumstances. They said in a Facebook post they were thinking of filling the set with a “free form Jazz odyssey”, they decided against that and had to cancel. Luckily danger&plastic were able to fill the void after playing an earlier gig and brought the goods as the closing live act. The big rock sounds accompanied by energetic stage presence from all members had the crowd jumping. Their set was interrupted to read out raffle winners, which has to be said was the first time I’ve ever seen that, but I definitely enjoyed it.

With a great night at a classic live music venue, filled with brilliant music its hard to think of a better way to gear up for Christmas, it's what Santa would have wanted.