Tuesday, December 11, The Astor
REVIEW: HARVEY RAE
It was a simple formula. Put one of the better bands of the 90s in one of Perth's best and most intimate venues and people will come.
Add to that one of WA's best acts in support, and local pub Flying Scotsman bringing in the Death Disco brothers to smash out Britpop classics from the time everyone knocked off work, and Mt Lawley was guaranteed to become a hub for UK expats, hipsters and ageing rockers.
Locals Sugar Army really made a night of things by bringing a top-notch supporting set. Interspersing songs from new album Summertime Heavy with a string of older Army classics including And Now You're Old Enough I Think That You Should Know, Detach and No Need for Lovers, they closed off with a hypnotic take on the latest record's title track. Sugar Army are one of the best live acts in the country right now.
A lengthy break followed before Glasgow natives Primal Scream, led by founding members Bobby Gillespie and Andrew Innes, took the stage and slowly built up a wall of sound around excellent new track, 2012. A couple of other new songs were to feature later in the set - an epic called Relativity and the more straight forward It's Alright - and they bode well for the Scream's new album, rumoured to feature Robert Plant, after the hit-and-miss affairs of the past couple.
The opening track from 1991 breakthrough album Screamadelica, Movin' On Up got things cranking three songs in and, from there, momentum rarely let up. Well, except for a bit of "stoned love" during Damaged. A mass singalong for Come Together was an undeniable highlight, as was the song it segued into, set closer Country Girl.A suitably epic encore cleverly took I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever Know, the song remixed and released as 1991 single Loaded, and merged it with its better- known version. It left Jailbird and finally Rocks to bring things to a rockin' finale, complete with a feast of looped white noise and strobe lights adding an undeniable wow factor to proceedings.