Live Review by Brett Pike
Two nights. Two EP launches. One street. Grenfell St. Tonight's venue? Producers Bar. Walking into the venue a singular thought pops into my mind, why the fuck aren't more bands playing here? Great set up, ample space, nice staff. Added the soundtrack in the band room is a selection of Red Hot Chili Peppers discography. Great choice. Tonights bill consisted of four bands, a long one but a good one. Orelia, Jungle City, Valkyries and of course The Serra.
Delightful duo Orelia opened the stage, looking a little like they had been tarred and feathered in a good way (is that possible?). They pulled it off nonetheless. Their cover of Annie's Tomorrow was definitely somewhat of a highlight. Chelsea and Troy are just the right combination of heart and passion that gives life to splendid live music. Good music is good.
Next up were psychedelic trio Jungle City. Winding the clock back 50 years, the boys are a spitting image of the era sporting their button ups and considerable lack of haircuts. Opening with Baby, I'm Leaving, Jungle City show the class of a band that is able to construct their set, and deliver it with intensity and infectious enthusiasm. A recent track of theirs, Sex Switch, hails back again to their roots of Zepplin and lifts the set another notch. Top performance lads! (you can catch them at this weeks Punk Ass Kids on Wednesday night)
One band I've waited to see live for almost a year, Valkyries had me hooked ever since the release of single Mistress, coincidentally the track they opened with as well! Special mention to guitarist Stefan Hauk for lazer-like precision on the guitar. More recent single Neon Zoo also featuring earlier but lacked a little on the delivery. Having just recently returned from a studio session in Sydney, Valkyries premiered a taste of an upcoming single, and its a banger. Stay tuned because you're gonna want to hear that one.
The stars of the night. The Serra. In my hot little hand all night was their debut EP Indigo and there was no disappointed faces. Title track Indigo came early and powerfully with lead Angela's vocals. The best way to get back at someone is to turn them into literature, as shown with odes to dickhead family members in Paolo with Angela jesting towards a more than forgotten brother. Rounding out their set, that built and fell and picked itself up again, it seemed appropriate to pick a song that encompassed both of those things. Covering Karnivool's All I Know, The Serra capped off an exceptional performance with an ever more impressive cover.