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MONSTER MAGNET PERTH AMPLIFIER BAR 2014

MONSTER MAGNET LIVE AT THE AMPLIFIER BAR MARCH 3 2014

MONSTER MAGNET

AMPLIFIER BAR, PERTH WA

APRIL 2014

Setlist: Last Patrol | Tractor | Dopes to Infinity | Three Kingfishers | Paradise | Look to Your Orb for the Warning | Spine of God / American Pie | End of Time


Encore: Twin Earth | Powertrip | Space Lord


There’s just something special about a Monster Magnet show, and always something in the air and prior to tonight there are all kinds of rumours that the band will be playing their classic ‘Dopes to Infinity’ in its entirety. That of course was never going to happen and as it pans out we get just as much new material from ‘Last Patrol’ as we do from ‘Dopes…’.


Opening up for The Magnet, both Chainsaw Hookers and King of the North do a great job, The Hookers bringing the punk fuelled fury and King more of the ‘heavy as lead’ grunge. Both bands are well worth checking out if you haven’t seen them before.

 

Monster Magnet starts with a bang, exploding with the title track from their latest opus ‘Last Patrol’ before kicking into ‘Tractor’ from Powertrip. It’s not long before the crowd is getting raucous and the inclusion of the Donovan cover ‘Three Kingfishers’ from the latest album takes things down a notch then up a couple as Dave amplifies the atmospheric surge of the original psychedelic  swirl.

 

‘How’s everyone doing?’  Dave asks after the song’s sonics cut out. It’s clear we are all doing more than fine, especially as ‘Paradise’, my favourite from Lost Patrol, kicks in. It’s a real slow burning gem of a song led by Dave’s slick croon over sparse instrumentation and is greeted like an old friend before we are all plunged into ‘Look to Your Orb for the warning’ with Dave’s back to the crowd as he handles the effects  “When you get off the airplane to Perth you're fucked” he mumbles as the boulder-sized riff kicks in and he takes us down to the river. There’s long and searching feedback and the crowd roar their approval.

 

 

We get to free our minds further with the next, the epic drawn out ‘Spine of God’ which samples as it does Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’. It’s a song that exemplifies the power of Monster Magnet, bursting into life before taking it down with those borrowed lyrics before exploding it all again and finishing in a very Doors-like trance.  

 

There’s a huge groove and beat to set-proper closer ‘End of Time’ which is initially probably the most straightforward rocker from ‘Last Patrol’; built on a solid wall of sound it pounds its way into your head with its incessant riff and a kaleidoscope series of swirling images conjured up by Dave’s lyrics; that is until the guitar roars in at five and a half minutes to build a tower of sound that at eight minutes long is ‘Last Patrol’s’ second epic and live is something to experience. It is monolithic baby!

 

 

Just an hour after hitting stage Monster Magnet retreat: maybe out the back of the venue for a quick cigarette or a break from the thick humid air. When the crowd is suitably loud they re-emerge “…that's the way we fucking like it” Dev beams and simultaneously the band whips into ‘Twin Earth’.


 
Monster Magnet rounds out the evening with two of their biggest songs: ‘Powertrip’ and ‘Space Lord’. While Powertrip with its ponding drums and huge riff sees Dave almost dancing it’s the final number that has the crowd as one. “Let’s Scream at God” Dave shouts and the crowd blows the roof off with the “Space Lord Motherfucker” call and response. “When I say thse two words” Dave asks us “… will you please say those two words”. He didn’t even need to ask, the whole crowd screams and you swear that you can feel the room move at its foundations.

 

This is too huge a show to miss Australia.

 

 

Words and Images by Mark Diggins April 2014

 

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