Last Friday Adelaide ex-pats Messrs kicked off their current tour, in support of a newly released EP Afterglow, at a brilliant new venue, The Pirie & Co. Social Club. Accompanying them for the night were two of my absolute favourite locals kicking around right now, Mt Barker outfit Indiago and punk dudes Young Offenders. There are few times you can be equally or more excited for the support than the headline, this was definitely one of those times.
Shit though if you don’t know where you’re going. I must’ve walked around the block two or three times before bumping into a friend working there. Signs out the front, even a little chalkboard, go miles to getting people through the door. Alas inside, down the stairs in a decked out wine cellar lit by candles. Thumbs up, the venue looks brilliant. In comparison to another downstairs live music venue, The Cavern Club, I already enjoy the Pirie St. bar streets more.
I’ve caught the hills crew Indiago a couple times previously, both times powering out sets of pure rock. Admittedly Friday they were a little down on previous sets and copious levels of microphone feedback didn’t help. Opening and closing quite powerfully as well as a spirited performance of Sit Down were strong points of the set.
Six months since I last caught Young Offenders live in the flesh and oh how they have improved in that time. Plenty of energy exuding from the stage, a singular mature cougar dancing at the front and a cover of Palma Violets Best of Friends. Young Offenders played the kind of set I came to see on the night. Also playing a song of theirs Watch This City Burn (video here) which they have been working on since late last year, I can anticipate some great things over the next 12-18 months for these guys.
The venue finally began to fill out during the changeover between YO and Messrs. And when Messrs hit the stage, boom fucking boom man. Straight into a personal favourite Desert, to describe the set would to be to imagine Ladyhawke’s video for My Delirium as a feature length movie (just the video). It’s disco meets rock as the dancefloor fills out and lead singer Josh Moore makes his way from the stage and into the crowd. Lead track from their Afterglow EP, Running Wild, took over the night. The bloke also has a bit of banter about him as well. I like that shit.