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BLUES PILLS KADAVAR TUMBLEWEED MOJOS FREMANTLE 22.112013

LIVE REVIEW BLUES PILLS. KADAVAR AND TUMBLEWEED FREMANTLE MOJOS BAR NOVEMBER 22 2013

 

TUMBLEWEED, BLUES PILLS and KADAVAR

LIVE AT MOJOS BAR, FREMANTLE NOVEMBER 22 2013

 

I was lucky enough to catch Blues Pills, Kadavar and Tumbleweed at The Rosemount for what goes down as one of my personal favourite shows of the year. Needless to say getting to see the bands in an even more in your face and intimate setting the next night was even more exciting.


Unfortunately I missed openers Legs Electric, a band I've had the pleasure of sharing a few bills with before and who are set to take 2014 by storm. No doubt you'll be hearing a lot more from them on the Rockpit over the next few months.

 

Blues Pills certainly made a big impression the night before, as it seemed all anyone could talk about before their set was how much they had enjoyed the eclectic mix of blues, soul and funky rock. Singer Elin's voice conjures the spirit of the great soul singers like Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Janis Joplin and leaves the punters crammed into Mojos with a look of disbelief. Ethereal, otherworldly, soulful...I could throw around adjectives all day but the fact is there is no one else doing what she does this well in a rock band right now.

 


Guitarist Dorian is a revelation, playing off vocalist Elin in a way that belies his youth while the rhythm section swings and swaggers.Blues pills almost possess a schizophrenic quality to their sound; jazz influenced soulful blues on one hand and raucous Hendrixian psychedelic rock on the other. catch them as soon as you can!

 

 

 

While Kadavar ran away with the show the previous night, tonight was even more impressive.

 


8 months of relentless touring clearly showed in tonight's performance, from the raucous garage rock of "Doomsday Machine" to the groovy Sabbath goes psychedelic "Come Back Life" (a personal favourite). Sonically the band was dirtier and heavier than on record, which gave tracks like the epic "Eye of the Storm" a new perspective.

 


 Drummer Tiger was again the star of the show; I've never seen a person play drums so much like Animal from the muppets, let alone a 7 foot hairy German. His energy and interplay with frontman Lupus reminded me of the most important part of being in a rock band; it's meant to be fun and exciting!

 


Tumbleweed need no introduction to Australian audiences; the overlords of Aussie psychadelic grunge since their formation in the early 90's through break ups and reformations, they have carved out a very unique place in Australian music history. After all, these guys supported Nirvana on their only Australian tour.

 

 

 

Opening with the single "Daddy Long Legs", one thing is immediately apparent; these guys are loud! Fuzz guitars and a booming rhtyhm section set the stage for lead singer Richard Lewis, who struts around the stage like a grunge Jim Morrison. Launching straight into "Mandelbrot" from the new album followed by the classic "Stoned", the boys don't miss a beat, ploughing through six songs off the new album alongside fan favourites that culminate in the riotous "Shakedown" before finishing the night off with the new single "Mountain", a whirl of psychadelic echo guitars and fuzz riffs that would put the modern crop of 'stoner' bands to shame.

 


Tumbleweed have a great rapport their audience, peppering the set with self effacing jokes and maintaining a high energy yet chilled vibe. They're one of the few heavy/stoner rock bands that really know how to groove, and watching an audience dance and boogie to music like this is a spectacle in itself! The guys in the band also happen to be some of the most down to earth and cordial blokes off stage.

 


Tonight really is testament to the fact that raw, raucous and load heavy rock music, in all its incarnations, isn't going anywhere soon. As a matter of fact, if the heart and soul of the bands and the audience tonight is an indication of the strength of the underground scene, this could well be a sign of things to come.

 

 

Blues Pills Live Australia 2013

 

 

by Leon Todd (of Ragdoll), images by Elspeth Erickson November 2013

Check out www.ragdollrock.com

 

 

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