Words by Nathan King
Photos by Dave Court
Friday 11th March saw the most recent incarnation of ‘Yewth Presents’ at Pirie & Co. Social Club with Sydney based indie-punk rockers Palms in town in support of their new album Crazy Rack. Along for the cavalcade of tunes were locals St Morris Sinners and Brisbane pop kids Babaganouj.
First to grace the stage were St Morris Sinners, a somewhat unusual yet interesting concoction of blues, jazz and punk. Having been active since 2011 they have a varying back catalogue of material to delve from and this was pleasantly apparent, with numbers at times resembling something of a 30s swing band fronted by a mid 70s New York City punk rocker. Despite being the opening act Sinners were far from bashful with vocalist Stephen Johnson spending half the set sloshing amongst the crowd. A perfect example of their genre smashing sound was when they played their track 'For Lease', with a skiffle back beat and a Jack White-esque guitar riff met with punk punching vocals.
Following this display of local talent Babagnouj took the stage for their first appearance in Adelaide. Being somewhat of a Brisbane supergroup with its four members having been key individuals in other Brisbane bands such as Go Violets, Blonde Tongues and Jeremy Neale, they were no armatures to the stage. Despite suffering from feedback problems midway through the set they only strived further to deliver tight indie-pop hits to the crowd, something that would have quashed a less confident band. With a sound reminiscent at times of late 90's pop rather than modern-indie pop it was pleasant change up to the literally in-your-face blues punk of the previous act, with their track 'Can't Stop' serving as a set highlight with its sonically mirrored sounds of 90's pop and modern indie-rock.
Alas the headline of the evening were indie-punk stars Palms, having only graced a stage in Adelaide once before as a support act they were still relatively new to the Adelaide live music scene. Drawing in the crowd firmly to the front from early in the set with their surf-punk track 'This Summer Is Done With Us' they received a roaring response from all in attendance. Unfortunately, sound issues plagued their set far more than the previous acts though this did not stop the crowd starting a pit right in front of the stage with one atavistic fan swinging from the lighting rig on the cellar ceiling. As things seemed to be getting back on track near the end of their set the electronics seemed to fail half way through the last three songs, most likely due to the amount of spilled alcohol on the sound gear from failed shoey's by members in the crowd.
Despite a few minor sound issues and the premature end to the evening it was still a wonderfully rock and roll cocktail of genres and antics, in the end spilling drinks in a mosh to fry the sound gear is a fairly rock and roll end to an evening.