Gig review – Friday 16th of January, The Basement, Belconnen ACT.
Seems like no one else writes any sort of gig review these days, so I thought I’d have another crack at it.
*Please note all the views and opinions in this article are my view and opinions so if you don’t like ’em……..tough.
*The gig flyer said there was to be 3 bands playing on the night. Mafia, Talisien and The Chuffs.
I haven’t heard of Mafia or Talisien before, but I know that The Chuffs are a good fun band, so after a few starter drinks at the Pot, I made my way down to the Basement.
The live music side of things kicked off with the first band of the night Mafia taking to the stage as the Muppets song played as an intro to their set. Have to say it was a pretty cool way for a band to start the night.I’d never heard Mafia play before, and I was happy to discover that they are a very good hard rocking band with plenty of cool, catchy original tunes with some interesting covers thrown in for good measure, which mixed up their set nicely. A good fun band and a well structured set. I would totally recommend going and checking these guys out at their next gig.
Next up was The Chuffs. I’ve seen these boys play several times before and they always put on a good show. This was no exception. Great rock music from start to finish. I was a little sad to hear that this was to be their second last gig. Almost shed a tear in all honesty. I think they play their final gig at the Potbelly in Feb, so if you like good music, make sure you go see them before it’s too late.
After a short break, it was All In Brawl who took to the stage. I was told All In Brawl were a short notice replacement for Talisien who had to pull out at the last minute. All In Brawl are a very well oiled hardcore band, who paced their set very nicely. Their skin headed singer looked a bit like a Nazi, but he made it very clear on several occasions that they are ‘not a f**king Nazi band’! Fair enough too, who am I to argue with that?
Thumbs up though for a very well played set lads, nice work! Finally, The Toxicmen took to the stage. Apparently, these boys were confirmed to play, then pulled out, and then jumped back on board at the last minute which is why they ended up playing last. I have to say that it was getting pretty late by this stage, so I wasn’t really as into these guys as I would have been if they had of played a bit earlier. They played a typically good set of punk rock songs, which I’m sure were very enjoyable, but I was too tired to care, so I ended up leaving after about 6 or 7 songs and jumped in the first available taxi and took my leave.
I only have one small amount of criticism for one of the bands who I will not name. (They will probably know whom I am talking about anyway). Do not under any circumstances let your drummer near a microphone ever again! I’ve seen him play with another band somewhere before and he never has anything even remotely intelligent to say.
Never have I heard more rubbish come out of one person. He’s not a great singer, he can’t talk with any amount of intelligence, so please don’t give him a microphone. Ok, sorry folks. I’ve got that out of my system, now back to the music: T’was a typically good, fun night at the Basement with plenty of cool people to hang out with.
Congratulations to all the bands for the good solid efforts that they all put in. It was a pleasure as always. See you next time!