Currumbin RSL seems like an unlikely venue for a rockabilly show, but nestled away on the top floor is the Soundlounge. This intimate venue is about to have it’s roof blown off and things are bound to get a little crazy.
Leading the charge tonight is Townsville trio The Koffin Rockers. With a sound similar to The Living End, these guys have all the riffs to get the crowd moving and have the stage presence of some the most enigmatic bands that grace larger stages. Playing it up to the crowd and delivering a great sound, you need to get your arse to a gig where these guys are ASAP, just outstanding.
The Wrath. Jesus fuckin’ Christ, where have you been all my life. I have never had the privilege to see these guys live before and they don’t disappoint. Front man Tommy Creeper jumps around the stage like a man possessed. Giving the crowd everything they've got, The Wrath are one of the finest bands that south east Queensland has to offer. This certainly won't be my last attendance at one of their shows.
Melbourne ska legends The Resignators have a massive sound and hell, how could they not with a blistering horn section and a perfectly placed keyboard/organ in every song. This band is one of the originals of Aussie ska and they have the staying power with not only great tunes but also great crowd interaction and fantastic banter. Every song is just as brilliant as the last and I for one can not wait to see them trek north again once more.
It's time. The congregation is ready. With eager anticipation the crowd cheers as The Creepshow takes the stage. With new album ‘Death At My Door’ under their belts, you’d think it would be a setlist heavy with these tracks, but no, The Creepshow know what their fans want. With a set list that encompasses all the fan favourites, every person in this room is more than happy with what has been bestowed upon them. The sound that this quintet puts out is jaw dropping, from the double bass, right through to The Rev’s tickling of the ivories, there’s even a massive drum solo that is not out of place in this set.
From the opening song, the crowd moves to the beat. It’s hard not to really, every song has a way of taking over your movements and you lose yourself to the music. Front woman Kenda Legaspi has one hell of a set of pipes on her and every vocal that she effortlessly puts forward is flawless. Accompanying her vocals with some killer fretwork, every note is on point. Entering the crowd to sing standing atop a seat, the crowd laps it up and repeats the words back at her que. This is truly where live music is at.
Leaving Soundlounge, you feel as though you’ve become more than familiar with the bands that you have just watched. From the conversations shared with artists between sets, to buying merch from The Rev himself, it’s fantastic to see a show and get to know the bands in the process. Soundlounge certainly has its work cut out for it in getting a better lineup upon their stage.