Doomsdays Wellington 17092016
|Dates||September 17 2016|
|Location(s)||Newtown Bowls Club|
|Founded by||Master Blaster|
Auckland bands Master Blaster and Thee Crockettes made their way around the North Island of NZ during September to promote MB's latest Doomsdays 7" EP release. This leg of the tour ended in Wellington at the Newtown Bowls Club on a wet and cold Saturday night where they were joined by a local contingent of: Unsanitary Napkin, Rogernomix and Ayn Randy.
Review by Sam and Simon
Despite all these Doomsday auguries the atmosphere was one of laughter and camaraderie. Haha, well I may have had a few too many tall necks of the Brown Bomber thus somewhat hazily recalling what really went down. Were all concerned parties politely tolerating being in each other’s way to the bar, pool table and toilet?
Unsanitary Napkin up first. Straight off the bat probably the best sound the bowls club has had as the AKers seemingly brought their own PA and of course soundie maestro Mr Tom Anderson as well. Almost seems like these days it ain’t a Newtown bowls club show unless the Unsanitarians are rocking out their classic vitriolic polit-jams complete with Aerosmith rip and coat-rack mic-stand. My grandfather told me a story of a lawyer that would put a pin through his cigar and proceed to smoke the whole thing while giving his closing statement so that the ash was perilously and inexplicably long. This was supposed to distract the Jury so that they would feel bad about not listening and be more inclined to side with his argument. While I don’t think there is that sort of subterfuge going on here (as his aggressive bass playing can hold all attention just fine) but I couldn’t help remembering this story while watching Rupert’s glasses wiggle their way down his nose during every song. Eventually they did end up on the floor and it didn’t make a shit bit of difference! Rock on!
Rogernomix, which meant that the sweating Ben was straight back onto drums again, because he's insane, and the crowd had filled out even more. Congrats to whoever booked this slightly incestuous list of supports, because all the good local peeps were present. All the good local dero peeps were also present but slightly further away, enjoying the sounds from outside and with an extra ten dollars to spend on beer, so I guess they're the true winners of the evening.
Anyway, Rogernomix is kind of hard for me to write about because they're a Wellington stalwart, and you generally know that you're going to get some good pummelling dual-vocal D-beat in your ears. By now I was probably holding onto my second affordable 750ml Lion Brown, and that combined with the homely venue and the good vibes from the crowd up front lent itself well to yet another mean as set from these veterans. Is veteran a bad word to use? Anyway, ol' veterans Rogernomix always kill it, no need to stress about it. Special mention goes to Ben who after this show took off to play his THIRD set for the night at another venue with The All Seeing Hand, what the shit.
Master Blaster now? I think so but it’s getting misty. My memory is not what it used to be. Who am I kidding, it’s never been any good. Fresh from a European sojourn the Blasters are travelling the country promoting their new 7” with furious, caped dual/tri/quad screaming. Let’s just say a lot of guest vocals! I feel like if there was going to be a noise complaint it would be around about now ‘cause it was cranking. We get a distinct feeling that perhaps another boring win for the AB’s (as well as the shitty weather) might actually have something to do with the lack of noise issues? Pure speculation.
Master Blaster. Unfortunately I was getting another fancy beer next door and having a chat for 'just a minute', and I think I missed most of their set... the curse of fast bands! On the upside I did make it through to the front right when things were going off, although that might have been from the start to be honest! I was confused for a second because there were vocal swaps going on with one of the ladies from Thee Crockettes, but in any case the crowd was going off. Master Blaster play super fast punk, with a hardcore background, separating them a bit from the other bands present. It was great to see some unfamiliar Auckland faces up front getting things kicked off and not just the usual suspects. In keeping with the theme of the night, high energy music, high energy crowd, good times.
Thee Headcoatees. I am not the biggest fan of a lot of garage punk and generally am not into covers bands but shitballs this was pretty fun! Did they do originals in there? If so they must have been pretty decent ones because they melted right in with the stonking covers. A fair amount of cheap booze was split on the dance floor and big smiles all round. Would definitely party again to this band! Gabba Hey!
A 48 hour film crew turned up at this point as well (at my invitation, hope nobody minded!) needing footage of a punk gig, and because everyone was having a smoke and a chat outside between bands, the place was pretty empty. The director turned to me and asked: "There will be more people in here than this right? We need a line of people in front of the band at least". Looking around at the three people hugging the wall I laughed and said "Yeah they'll all come back in when the band starts". And then got worried straight away, for aforementioned reasons, and went outside to ask a few people to make sure they’d go in so the film crew doesn't come away with nothing.
Well, as always, I'm dumb, because Thee Crockettes WENT OFF! Everything's getting hazy at this point, but straight up fun punk jams, lots of covers that everyone could sing along to (or pretend to sing along to), and people dancing up a storm up front. As far as the film crew goes, I'm a bit worried that they might not have gotten any footage of the band playing, because the crowd filled out close to the back of the room. At this point everything starts getting reeeeaall hazy for me, but happy faces all round, and a couple of people afterwards who mentioned "man, I'm glad those film guys caught Thee Crockettes", which is super high praise for a super fun band, especially considering the lineup! I don't think these guys have any recordings, but I really need to have a good sober listen, let's keep an eye out!
Ayn Randy suddenly pulled everyone back inside for one last blast. These guys, for a change, are a Welly band who I either miss a lot or who've only played once or twice? They play more straight up punk riffs and vocals not just for spazzing out to. I'd be doing everyone a disservice if I tried to nail down their sound more, because honestly all I can remember is that it was a fun time with more straight up punk. Probably the perfect end to a night with a break-neck set of starting bands. I'd throw in the towel on this whole review just to not look like a dick but I'm too many words deep, and it's not my fault those 750ml's have more standard drinks in them than I thought. I mean, it might be, but I'm sure this isn't the first gig review that peters out on specifics towards the end of the night. Suffice to say, I was still having a good time, everyone was still having a good time, and thanks to the early start and finish, as far as I know everyone had a good time afterwards as well!!
Yeah ah, everyone played real well, ah... Full credit to the Aucklanders for the good times and…ah, yeah, The Newtown Bowls Club was the winner on the night.