After seeing Ben Lawrence the lead singer of The Durongs at a songwriter’s night earlier in the week, I decided to follow them down to The Bird on Friday and see what the band was about. The band was short a few members but musos from other bands on the bill that night rose to fill the spots. The band ended up sounding pretty great! I was surprised to find out after that the band had only been put together quickly that night. With influences such as The Rolling Stones and James Brown, they still absolutely killed it with their progressive blues-rock vibes and even though the venue was still filling up, a lot of people were jiving out. Ben has a raspy voice like I have never heard before that gives this blues jam its unique style! Saxophone killed it with his mesmerising solos, the bass and guitarists that rose to occasion absolutely killed it as well it was pretty impressive! Tony Papa-Adams from Old Blood jumped up for a track at the end, which created so much energy in the room. They are definitely worth a look. The only downfall...the sound guy really needed to get those bongos louder in the mix! Head to https://thedueys.bandcamp.com to check out their first release ‘High Street Blues’.
Next up was a band called Mt Cleverest. These guys, wow, they really blew me away! They are a 4-piece alternative punk-rock indie-rap band - I know right! These four guys really have something unique happening here, an incredibly energetic set with catchy hooks and a tight sound. Flawless vocals from Christian Mechler as he looked like he was having an absolute ball, coupled with an overall exciting stage presence that really transferred into the crowd. Cant wait to see these guys live again!
They are currently recording their debut EP that is to be released in less than two months. These guys are playing at Tinas Kindergarden Kenya’s Fundraising event on the 6th of August if you find yourself down south. Otherwise catch them again in Perth on the 13th of August at the Rosemount. Head to http://mtcleverestmusic.com/ for info on more gigs and to check out some tunes! Yewww!
Reviewer - Keeley Connolly