28 Days and Behind Crimson Eyes
As regular viewers would be well and truly aware – I love each of these bands! It was a dream come true when they announced a tour together earlier this year, but, believe it or not, I was actually more excited when the opportunity arose to see each band on separate nights, in different dodgy night spots of Melbourne across one weekend.
THAT’S RIGHT! Friday, July 16 saw me trek out to Trash Nightclub in Glenferrie to watch 28 Days Rip It Up on the small stage next to stripper poles (for those that haven’t been – this club has poles in it’s various rooms. Seriously!). What was it like? Only one word can sum it up – AMAZING! A little biased, perhaps, but these ‘old guys’ (as they call themselves) still know how to put on a good show. Between self – deprecating comments and jokes about beer, each and every tune rocked as hard as the first time I saw them in 2004. The relatively unchanged setlist showcased tracks from their self – titled album such as Kool, most of UpStyleDown (think Rip It Up and Sucker) as well the couple of recognisable ones from Stealing Chairs, with the addition of a quick chorus of My Sharona and a newie set for release some time soon. Keep an ear out – it’s distinctly 28 Days yet somehow more mature (perhaps fatherhood has changed Jay for the better?!). Despite much chanting, which I do at everyone of their shows, La Tune was left from the setlist yet again. I highly recommend getting out there and seeing them soon, even if it is only for Rip It Up, you’ll have a ball!
The following night saw me head to a favourite place of mine – Bang! Cola Wars kicked the night off early and brought their best as always. Comprising members of the now defunct For Amusement Only and Bodyjar, this is a band you need to get into now before they strike gold (and they’re almost there with the announcement that they will be supporting CKY on their Australian tour in August). But let’s be honest – I was there to see BCE. And they didn’t disappoint (could they ever?!). Playing old songs among the new, even reaching as far back as their 2004 demo – the crowd lapped it up and the band played as hard as ever with my favourite, Dan, drumming up a storm and Aaron rocking out harder behind his guitar than he ever has behind the turntables in his regular DJ-ing spot. Buuut, it was a bittersweet affair. The band announced that this would be their last show in quite some time as they’re hanging up the tour boots and bunkering down to record new tracks for our eager ears.
Time to find some new loves? I think so.