First up on the night there was a great warm up done by the crew from “The Chilltons” (www.myspace.com/
The Patriarchs started the night with "Don’t Tear it down" in honour of the soon to be closed bastion of independent rock music, with the crowd up and moving they kicked in with their perennial favourite Girl Twister an anthem of the Go-Go Grunge style they have been developing. They quickly moved into their covers section, with the pick being their unique Go-Go rendition of the Sunnyboys, “Alone with you”. “Seven Nation’s Army”, got some rapturous applause and plenty were dancing to the syncopated beats of their latest original “Scaly Pecker”. The set then wound down with the melodious “Free On” and Jonny Kidd’s “Shaken all over”.
The boys completed the set with their version of the clash’s only number one hit “Should I Go or Should I stay” and for their encore their first and fastest song “Gingham Dress”.
The night was capped off by Van Bogan and everyone was quoted stating it as a “brilliant night for all”. The mighty Van Bogan ended the night with a bang! Formed from the remnants of some of the beaches’ legendary underground outfits, every Van Bogan performance is a unique and unpredictable experience and this did not fail to comply
Dabbling in everything from acoustic folk-pop to blues to progressive rock and psychedelia, Van Bogan’s music defies categorisation. Van Bogan started with a mix of subtle, seductive semi-acoustic treatments of familiar cult classics and laid-back originals, then, just when you thought it was time to break out the camomile tea the boys upped the ante, the heat knob got turned to MAX and the crowd was taken on a mind-altering ride toward a crushing crescendo of sheer unadulterated chaos!
Some of the distinctive Van Bogan treatments on the night includes some familiar and obscure gems from the likes of Pink Floyd, The Church, U2, Neil Young, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin, whilst their list of originals were eminently danceable.
Van Bogan are: Brian Austin - Multiple guitars; Alex McShane - Guitar and orgasmatron;
The Patriarchs were forged by mutual interests in the northern beaches, the band first came together as a response to a need to perform live music as it was in the late 70’s and early 80’s when bands like Radio Birdman, Celebrate Rifles and the Laughing Clowns cut there teeth in the vibrant Sydney pub scene.
The founding members, Serge "Roller door" Shultz, the chief engineer of the "Full Steam Ahead" style engine room, Bruce "berzerko" England, the shredding lead guitarist and Mike "Tangles" Williamson, the primary song writer and rhythm guitarist, originally formed the band in early 2009. The band experimented with a few singers until Elliott Cunnew; a young rude boy from the east end of London showed an interested and it was an immediate success. Followed quickly by Adam “Bassman” Walsh and John “slipper fingers” Singleton who has fronted such bands as “FRET” and “Spondonickle”
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