Sons Of Rico, The Pretty Littles, & Husky – Ding Dong Lounge, 25th of March

It was a memorable and fun Friday night at the iconic rock bar, Ding Dong Lounge.Opening on a high note were melodic indie gurus, Husky. Led by front man Husky (yes, that is his real name), they played a set of sublime tunes, underlaid with some delicate guitarwork. While drawing mainly on their own repertoire, including ‘History’s Door’ and ‘Hundred Dollar Suit’ they brought some extra energy to the stage with the cover of ‘Sandman’ (originally by legendary folk rockers America), definitely a highlight of the set. An impressive solo from keyboardist Gideon Preiss during their final song was also a memorable moment.Supporting Sons of Rico were Melbourne rockers, The Pretty Littles. A cohesive unit of indie rock, they were a lift in pace and energy. Catchy tunes and a solid performance ensured they got the audience in the right groove for the final band of the night.When Sons of Rico finally entered the stage, there was no doubt this was the band the crowd was here to see. Charismatic and confident, they took control of the stage with the first song and never relinquished it. While verging on the border of pop with some songs, they also drew on Zeppelin. During ‘The Keeper’ I couldn’t help but note the resemblance; high pitched vocals, driving keys, and the overall rhythmic structure reminded me of a modernised Kashmir, all done in very very good taste. Head bobbing couldn’t be helped. A superb performance from all round, guitarist Glen Sarangapany stood out for me personally for his versatility and backing vocals; they matched lead singer Alex McRae’s characteristic melodies to perfection. Finishing off their very strong set with their first single, ‘This Madness’, they left a happy and satisfied crowd to enjoy the rest of their Friday night.Evidently still riding the high from their debut album Reactions released late last year, this performance confirms Sons of Rico as a creative and powerful unit of musicians that should not be overlooked.- Andrew Szollosi

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