Review: Dorsal Fins at Rocket Bar

Dorsal Fins

Dorsal Fins

I never realised I would grow to love Rocket Bar as much as I do. Climbing up those flights of stairs heightens my excitement for a show in a way other venues do not. Local band Attila My Honey were opening the night and their first song was drifting down the steps toward me.

Attilla My Honey

Attilla My Honey

You may have seen the review of their new album a few weeks back. The band is young but their sound is phenomenal. They were gentle and sentimental, but built to an intensity that you can only truly experience live. They were warm and breezy like The Temper Trap but with the vocal range of the Jezebels and I am keen to see them play again.

The Monts

The Monts

The Montreals were rounded up onto the stage next and started playing to enthusiastic cheers. Despite their name, they call Adelaide home and recently released their first EP, Indigo Club. Naturally, someone had to “do a shoey”, but drank from their moon boot, while the band played a quick rendition of ‘Dalai Lama, Big Banana, Marijuana’ by Dune Rats.

Their Aussie accents were strong and some of their smooth summer tunes had me imagining myself on a tropical holiday. The crowd were ready to get down, twist, and shout as the band announced “this one’s a funky one”.

Moon booty...

Moon booty...

Soon, the star act began to set up on the small stage—sound checking to ‘You Make Loving Fun’, by Fleetwood Mac. It's the first time Dorsal Fins have toured Adelaide and after this show it sounded like they want to come back. Watching a nine piece band is a rare opportunity, especially one that is able to tour, and—more importantly—to tour to Adelaide. Ella and Jarred front the band as dual lead singers, but it did not matter where you looked, every single member of the band was dancing or jamming or running over to join in on back-up vocals. At one point the bassist was down on his knees attempting to play the other two guitars at the same time.

More than anything Dorsal Fins are fun to see and clearly having fun themselves. I do not say it often, but this was a boogie. Unfortunately, for Adelaide they had to perform a short set. This was only redeemed by the stellar song choices of the Cats DJs after Dorsal Fins had started to gingerly walk their gear down the steep steps. Though it was a shorter time, it was a great time and we were very lucky to have their cover of Kate Ceberano’s ‘Pash’ included.

“You have our hearts”, Ella told us, and Dorsal Fins have ours.

Follow Dorsal Fins on Instagram @DorsalFinsss
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