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The Rock-itt : November 2010
Reminiscent of its heyday in the early 80’s, the triple act of the Chilltons, the Patriarchs and Van Bogan shook the Fisho’s on Saturday night (30th October). With plenty of punters crammed into the small 500 strong venue the walls were dripping with the sweat of the exuberant audience, proof the Fisho’s remains one of Sydney’s premiere independent band venues. First up on the night there was a great warm up done by the crew from “The Chilltons” (www.myspace.com/thechilltons). They warmed up the crowd with a slow and steady pace, culminating in a sensational crescendo of their back catalogue of live crowd favourites. These guys were sensational, the sound these guys have is all their own but also strangely familiar. With a singer who could give Michael Stipe a run, a brand new drummer and great melodic guitar sound, driven by Nick Brien’s haunting guitar and catchy riffs; the early birders were way happy with what they got to hear and see. The Chilltons had been busy writing a whole bunch of new songs for the gig and the fruits of their tortured labours were unleashed on an appreciative live audience. The Patriarchs started the night with "Don’t Tear it down" in honour of the soon to be closed bastion of independent rock music, with the crowd up and moving they kicked in with their perennial favourite Girl Twister an anthem of the Go-Go Grunge style they have been developing. They quickly moved into their covers section, with the pick being their unique Go-Go rendition of the Sunnyboys, “Alone with you”. “Seven Nation’s Army”, got some rapturous applause and plenty were dancing to the syncopated beats of their latest original “Scaly Pecker”. The set then wound down with the melodious “Free On” and Jonny Kidd’s “Shaken all over”. The boys completed the set with their version of the clash’s only number one hit “Should I Go or Should I stay” and for their encore their first and fastest song “Gingham Dress”. The night was capped off by Van Bogan and everyone was quoted stating it as a “brilliant night for all”. The mighty Van Bogan ended the night with a bang! Formed from the remnants of some of the beaches’ legendary underground outfits, every Van Bogan performance is a unique and unpredictable experience and this did not fail to comply. Dabbling in everything from acoustic folk-pop to blues to progressive rock and psychedelia, Van Bogan’s music defies categorisation. Van Bogan started with a mix of subtle, seductive semi-acoustic treatments of familiar cult classics and laid-back originals, then, just when you thought it was time to break out the camomile tea the boys upped the ante, the heat knob got turned to MAX and the crowd was taken on a mind- altering ride toward a crushing crescendo of sheer unadulterated chaos! Some of the distinctive Van Bogan treatments on the night includes some familiar and obscure gems from the likes of Pink Floyd, The Church, U2, Neil Young, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin, whilst their list of originals were eminently The Chilltons Photo courtesy Nick Patrick Photography Elliott Cunnew - Patriarchs Photo by John Walsh