Review by Brett Pike
Every second Wednesday, one of the most beloved live venues in our city springs to life. Beanies, flanellette shirts, tattoos and the best kinds of people in town flock to Rocket Bar for Punk Ass Kids. At first I was more than a little sceptical of the Sailor Jerry/Jessi Lou presented night but it now has me hooked. It's more than just great bands and a great atmosphere but to figure out what else you'll have to come and see for yourself.
Last PAK bill combined two local rock outfits making massive names for themselves, with their live performances and powerful chest beating anthems. They are more than support bands, and they proved that once more last Wednesday. Walking With Thieves, renouned for their live shows and it was nothing short of impressive. Drummer Jesse Lemke is an absolute maniac on the kit, with the visual representation of a child playing Whack-a-Mole, setting the tone for the band to follow and creating an air of power for the show. A mix of earlier stuff (available through What's Left of Your Head EP and Unearthed tracks) including Take The Dark Way and Cannon as well as a mix of newer material, with the band showcasing the talent that lead them to take out the national campus band comp in 2012. Strong crowd as is a regular scene at many WWT shows, though there was a lack of moshing/dancing with many patrons looking on to the stage. Maybe moshing on a Wednesday isn't everybodies cup of tea.
Indiago closing the night after a short break, following a similar line as WWT, playing fewer older material and considerably more new tracks. Keeping in tunes with the nights Bangers & Anthems, the boys covered INXS's Never Tear Us Apart with frontman Will Solomon sneaking in a cheeky "Carn the Power" midsong. Closing their set with one of their more well rounded songs, She, the band succeeded to some extent to engage the attendees in the show. Unfortunately much of the earlier crowd had moved upstairs which was a little disappointing for the boys from Mt Barker as they rarely put on poor show. For those of you who missed the set, Indiago are celebrating a fan milestone for the band, giving away their debut self titled EP for free via their bandcamp. Whole-heartedly suggest you get on board. Their new show is at Hahndorf August 30th, details here.
Punk Ass Kids is gathering steam, with more numbers each week. Next PAK is 20th August with Jungle City and The Luke Louis Trio celebrating Woodstock's 45th anniversary. The rest of the info for that show can be found here.