By Freya Langley
With back-alley venue Ancient World filled to capacity before 10pm - and the infamous red tins flowing freely - West Thebarton Brothel Party’s final headline show for the year was on track to be one hell of a night.
It’s been a big year for West Theb Boys, as they released their self-titled EP while also supporting the likes of Philadelphia Grand Jury, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and Northeast Party House, as well as touring nationally with SA local favourites Bad//Dreems.
Adelaide blues four-piece St Morris Sinners kicked off the end of year festivities, luring the quickly growing crowd into the basement with their beefy, bluesy-bangers. Their bold, self-described “Dinosaw Rock”, dirty blues to the masses delivered a high energy performance; with songs like “Ballad of the Sherriff” perfectly priming the crowd for a ripper evening. Lead vocalist, Stephen “Slippery” Johnson’s energetic and erratic stage presence, harmonica and husky crowing, combined with rich, meaty, bluesy-basslines and the mid-set addition of some very sexy saxophone left the crowd wanting more. With a new album on the cards for January, hopefully we’ll be seeing more of St Morris Sinners on the regular in the New Year.
Two things spring to mind when you hear The High Beamers: Australiana and David Blumberg’s spectacular mullet (it’s greasy and gnarly, yet I can’t look away). They managed to drag attendees from the fresh air of the beer garden, to fill the stale basement again with their bush rock sounds. Playing a mix of old and new tunes, The High Beamers further hyped the crowd. With the band also with an LP in the works, this show was a little teaser of what to expect from them in 2016.
The much awaited West Thebarton Brothel Party followed suit and exceeded already high expectations with a rowdy show, packing the tiny basement to the rafters. How could it possibly have been anything but rowdy, when lead singer, Ray Dalfsen, with the voice of a durry fiend has the whole basement chanting “Fuck the Redlegs”, before launching into “Billions” to open the set.
With the Ancient World stage far too small to accommodate for the seven-piece, lines between band and stage were soon blurred, as the band razzed punters with some serious banter and latest EP bangers "Touchy Feely" and "Two-Bit Loser". The band produced an outstanding cover of INXS’ “Don’t Change”, stirring excitement levels and sending the audience into a chaotic overdrive with crowd favourites, "Misophonia" and "Glen McGrath" to finish off the set. It’s songs like these and their frenetic stage presence which show why they’re often tipped as the next big thing from Adelaide. 2016 will no doubt be an exciting year for the band, with plenty of cool new things happening for the boys and hopefully plenty more out of control, rock and roll carnage spilling out of the tiny confines of Ancient World
You can catch the next West Thebarton Brothel Party ruckus when they support Dune Rats at Fat Controller this Friday.