It’s shaping out to be a pretty big summer for Adelaide four-piece Bad//Dreems, adding a tour for the release of their single Mob Rule in addition to appearances at Lost Paradise Festival and a tour with fellow Aussies The Avalanches. On Saturday night I had the pleasure to see them play at The Foundry in Brisbane.
Opening for Bad//Dreems were Adelaide boys The Grenadiers, amping the crowd up with their grunge punk sounds. After a short interval on came Bad//Dreems with an unmissable dad cross hillbilly look about them, loaded with booze, clad in work boots and singlets. Jumping straight into their set with New Boys, the mayhem begun with the rowdy crowd pushing forward with people spilling over the front of the stage at the feet of Bad//Dreems who didn’t seem to take any real notice with all their focus being on playing and the crowds attention being on lead singer Ben Marwe’s crazy movements across the stage.
Along with tracks from their debut album ‘Dogs At Bay’ such as Sacred Ground and Dumb Ideas, thrown in for good measure were two new tracks off the bands fourth coming album set to be released next year. We were treated with the newest pub-rock anthem to hit the Australian music scene Mob Rule, with its snarly lyrics, gritty guitar and blasting chorus leaving the crowd a beer soaked sweaty mess. After playing Bogan Pride and Cuffed and Collard back to back it was time for the band to briefly exit the stage for what I can only assume was for a breather and a beer. As the heat in the room reached peak suffocation point Bad//Dreems returned on-stage to perform Hume and My Pal closing the night to a crowd drenched in sweat and loving every minute of it.
Being at a Bad//Dreems gig makes people do some crazy things, Saturday night saw many shirtless men ranging in ages from 18-50, multiple stage dives and people taking the mic off lead singer Ben Marwe who didn’t really give a shit, which seems to be the attitude the whole band adopts, one thing is for sure though, they are doing what they do extremely well. No doubt, the Adelaide four-piece will continue to do great things and remain in their signature work boots and singlets.
Reviewer: Natasha Bruce
Photography: Sam Brumby