El Palmo Pacificano is the brain child of local, Nat Tyrell. A gig that started 6 years ago with 3 bands, that now with much progression within the local area, has morphed into the lineup it is now featuring 13 bands. The organiser, coming from local band Los Scallywaggs, is tirelessly always embracing local musicians with his main goal being a place for locals to have the opportunity to play and have a bloody great time. This year organisers branched out to several bands from outside the area and this only shows the increase in popularity El Palmo has gained over the years which is only something we can encourage.
The lineup was diverse in sound, with Ill Sylvester from Newcastle, Lady Petrol and Etch Punk from Forster kicking off the afternoon. The recky room filled up with bodies on the warm autumn afternoon, and what a location. If you ever get the chance to visit pacific palms please do because it’s so insanely beautiful.
Local band Joey Equine And The Glue Factory headed to the stage with those memorable bluesy raspy vocals that brought a whole different element to the gig. Gardens, who had just finished up a tour down south, still managed to make their way to El Palmo, and thank god because they brought one groovy set. Everyone slowly crept towards the stage especially when the band covered 'Lady' by Modjo, Gardens were definitely a crowd favourite.
Mild West a local band who won the Triple J Unearthed competition to play Festival Of The Sun and scored a place at Falls Festival have really created a name for themselves, such a tight and well rehearsed band, with only releasing their single 'Playgrounds' recently, I always really enjoy hearing new material from these guys, especially live, such a punchy live set. The Ruiins another local band who have been making waves around the country joined the stage. This two piece have been on the local and national scene for quite some time and just released a brand new single 'Nobody' just days before the gig. Vanilla Gorilla a local favourite and all time favourite for anyone who has heard their chilled all year round summer songs. Such a tight and talented band who create amazing songs and unity within a live audience. Was so great to hear new material from the band too.
Sydney band Crocodylus were invited to play who have toured with the lineup curating band Los Scallywaggs and man these guys always bring such an energy packed show. An incorporation of garage and psych rock with that late 60’s guitar riffs, hmm. Bodies were well and truly flying around at this stage and the security guards couldn’t manage the punters keeping their drinks off the dance floor (dumb rule). Sydney band Food Court were up next who kept the garage rock vibe going, with an album they released last year the crowd were just growing bigger and a lot more enthused. This is by far the biggest event this venue sees a few times a year. The makers of this event were to take the stage, Los Scallywaggs. This band are one of the most hard working I know, full of determination and always having a great time. Everyone was absolutely frothing their heads off and it was so great to see. With new music under their belt it was so great to see it live. Last but not least Sydney band The Ruminaters finished off the evening with an almighty bang. Touring the country only recently, sell out shows all over and constantly making you smile is what they do. Bunch of legends who we always make the time to see, also with their debut album 'Welcome to Flight S.U.N: 91' out in the world getting to hear the songs in the flesh made it all that better.
Super proud of the Forster, Pacific Palms, Taree, Bobin area and surrounds and the amazing musicians and artists they create. Keen to see where these El Palmo shows go. Can’t wait till the next one!
Review: Sarah McEwan
Photography: Alex Knox
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