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The Rock-itt : October 2009
Bridgemary Kiss are on first, with an already sizeable crowd in hand they start rocking the room with their infectious pop-punk, well crafted tunes loaded with catchy melodies and harmonies. This band is from the Northern Beaches of Sydney and just barely out of school (being formed at their high school), they played with confidence and competence, showing professionalism and maturity well beyond their years. 2008 has been a big year for this band supporting Red Riders, The Mess Hall, End of Fashion, Bluejuice, Dash and Will and UK band, The Futureheads nationally. They have recently completed an EP and their track Riot at Brighton (played on Triple J, and Sydney's FBi radio) and new download track Frankly my Dear getting a strong reaction from the crowd. Keep an eye out for them at myspace.com/bridgemarykiss Philadelphia Grand Jury are next to appear quite quickly, thanks to the use of Bridgemary's drum kit, and bring their own special kind of flavour to the night. This 3 piece band were kind of comical and seriously energetic with the bass guitarist sporting a beard Ned Kelly would be proud of - flying around the stage like a misguided missile eventually finding its target and flying somewhere off the stage into the audience, with the jack-in-a box drummer not far behind him. I swore he was going to 'eject' from his seat into crowd as well! The band's interaction with the public was via pre-recorded comical voiceovers through the PA which messed with everybody's head and at one point the band froze into statues as the singer/guitarist went it alone! I give them points for their originality and trying to put on a show with difference. The band belted out it's eclectic brand of indie pop/post punk tunes reminscent of early They Might Be Giant's crossed with some Uncanny X-Men and stirred with some Los Trios Ringbarkus with such songs as Going to the Casino, Ready to Roll, I'm Going to Kill You and their new single The Good News getting a favourable reaction from the crowd. This Band has a really hectic touring schedule and with their recently released album Hope is for Hopers getting good radio airplay (recently featured on TripleJ), I'm sure you'll hear more about them. Check them out at myspace.com/philadelphiagrandj ury Grinspoon make a comeback with a sell out show at the Factory Theatre, Enmore Sept17, 2009 Review and Photos by DaveTozer.com.au (visit myspace.com/davetozerphotos for more photos and events)