It was a warm winters Friday night on the Gold Coast and everyone was heading to Elsewhere in Surfers Paradise for the single launch of Trapdoor’s ‘Show Me Your Love’. The bodies starting coming through the doors at 8pm ready to spend the night with some of Gold Coast’s best bands.
Die For Mushies were first up and were quick to warm the crowd with their sleazy blues. Front man Mick, let us know of his confident presence immediately by dancing around as soon they stepped foot on stage. It was obvious that their fans were present during ‘Filthy Tree’ having a crowd singing along, yelling “You can’t make me leave my filthy tree!” As the crowd grew so did the band’s energy stepping it up with their fast, groovy original ‘Dirty Dog’ which I’m sure has become a crowd favourite as everyone couldn’t resist dancing. Unfortunately the dancing had to come to an end as the band played the last notes to their song ‘Mangroves’ . What a highly entertaining set by the Gold Coast five piece!
Next up we had Kazual Tea, the crowd eagerly waiting for them to start as they set up their gear. It became clear from the first note that the grooves weren’t stopping anytime soon as the band started with ‘Tootsie Jam’. Throughout the set their vocalist Miles thanked the crowd many times for attending and that they’ve touched him on his ‘soul penis’. I don’t think anyone knew what a ‘soul penis’ was, but no questions were asked. Their smooth playing had the audience engaged throughout the entire set especially during ‘Just A Dream’ a personal favourite of mine that had no one was standing still. Kazual Tea had come to the end of their killer set with ‘Skitz Coffee’ and was time to bring on the headline act.
The talk of the night were fellow Gold Coaster’s TRAPDOOR who were set to come out smashing from the get go, leading this killer all local line up. By now everyone’s had a belly full of drinks and was ready to get rowdy with the heavy blues riff masters. The set started with vocalist Tim and guitarist Talis play as a duo to ‘If I Had One More Day’, Tim’s thunderous vocals echoed throughout the club as everyone quickly ran to the stage. The bodies begun moving and flying around in the mosh pit as the band smashed out their obvious crowd favourite ‘Holy Truth’. The energy was intense and TRAPDOOR showed no signs of slowing down any time soon. They had a quick break to thank the audience and introduce their single ‘Show Me Your Love’. Before we knew it we’d arrived at their last song, they concluded their set with the ever so heavy ‘Hunting Ground’. Front man Tim threw his arms up in a circular motion ordering the crowd to start a circle pit ending the night with chaotic bodies flying all over the venue.
Overall three of Gold Coast’s best bands kicked off everyone’s weekend with high as they all performed stand out sets. You can check out all three bands below on their Facebook:
Kazual Tea: https://www.facebook.com/KazualTea/
Die For Mushies: https://www.facebook.com/DieForMushies/
Review by - Christian Kafritsas