Live Review by Meg Tucker
Friday night Jive was spooky, decked out with cobwebs, ghouls and bowls of candy, with captain Jack Sparrow on the deck for Young Offenders Halloween party. The atmosphere was buzzing with all the band members getting into the spirit. There was a mummy, nuns, Luigi, a mad hatter, and V For Vendetta anarchists, Finn from Adventure Time-complete with a sword. But the best costume in my eyes was the Slick Arnold lads in Crayola crayon suits, enthusiastically jumping up and down shaking their pencil topper hats to their hearts content, it was priceless.
I managed to catch the end of Greenthief the first thought I had was “It must be boiling in that Buzz Lightyear suit”, regardless the band pushed through with a tight set, after hearing Beneath Blue Skies a psychedelic gutsy tune, I wish I had arrived earlier and caught their whole set.
Brisbane act Release The Hounds where next on the bill and too harsh for my liking. After hearing their explanation to the crowd about their run in with national radio not being able to play their song because it was too violent, I was wary about what was to come. A few songs into their set I stepped outside to get some air, although I couldn’t get into their music I could appreciate their tenacity to continue with their lyrics and sound.
At last, the much-loved Young Offenders came out, decked to the nines with a new look lineup. Their set included top tunes Boys Are Out and Talk Of The Town, amping up the passionate fans enough to get fans crowd surfing in the little mosh and even a little bit of stage invading.
As good hosts, they thanked everyone for coming out and offered out candy from the front row. The best thing about YO is the varied tracks. It's not all about girls and getting money, their set was a cauldron mix of feel good tunes and darker ballads, easy sing along and thought-provoking choruses.
My personal favourite Broken Record an ode to university “If you don’t want to go don’t”, a song that everyone can relate to about those days where nothing seems to go right, and one about gaining fame at any costs. There’s more to the boys of Young Offenders than first glance and I left the venue with a new love for punk.
They showed me there was more to the Adelaide scene, I will leave you with the words from Slick Arnold that sums up the night perfectly. "Half the price of Reds. A billion times better quality.“