Words by Nathan King
Photos by Dave Court
Friday 22nd January saw the release of local Post-Punk/Indie Rock trio Horror My Friend's debut album Stay In, Do Nothing and the beginning of their tour at Adelaide's much adored Clarity Records.
Being more of a speciality show than your standard tinnie sodden rock show in a club/pub it was more of a shared experience between the band and their fans. It all kicked off relatively early in the evening and with the very special treat of playing the album in full in a cosy record shop. It was more of a celebration and gifting between the band and their fans that such a eagerly desired album is finally here.
Starting off the evening with the fitting 'Death Hill' saw the band spending the first moment of the night comparatively soft before guitarist and vocalist Josh Battersby howled the gig into action with Tom Gordon's fuzz driven bass and Sam Kolesnik’s on point drumming following in suit.
Stage banter between tracks was kept to a minimal (with the exception of "fuck Coldplay" early on in the set, which just makes me love them more). They appeared to be eagerly in the moment to share and abrasively deliver these tracks with all in attendance, though the occasional in-joke was thrown about with a member of the crowd much to everyone's amusement.
With 'Easy Going' dropping, few in the crowd loosened up enough from toe tapping to head banging with Gordon (now on guitar and main vocal duties) screaming chorus lines like "why would you go, why would you go away". You could easily see this song in a club show turning the crowd up front to moshing levels of euphoria.
By far the highlight of the night and their LP is their Punk/Surf Rock infectious tune 'Mazes', which saw them fluctuate between their staple sound of Punk and Indie Rock but with more focus on the latter than most of their other songs. The moment the first note of that tremolo soaked Surf Rock riff bounces forth from that gritty guitar you just know something oh so special is about to happen.
With the band spending February trawling across Australia in support of their debut album (and taking March off), it gives us all time to get a copy of the album and dive head first into it before they return home on April 1st to end the tour like the Post-Punk kings they are.
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