LIVE REVIEW: Jebediah @ Factory Theatre, Sydney (27/05/11)

written by Chris Familton

Perth’s Young Revelry have been gaining attention of late, particularly on the back of their stellar single You And I which was the strongest song of their short opening set. They inhabit a post punk space that allows for a caustic smears of guitar to flail over a watertight rhythm section. As a three piece they delivered a big sound to a small crowd and showed enough diversity to peg them as a band to watch in the next twelve months.

Violent Soho need no introduction as they’ve been touring solidly for a few years now. Their recipe is a simple one – big riffs, big hair, larger than life gestures and an infectious enthusiasm that always make their shows a buzz to watch, even if their grungy, metallic punk rock isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Their best songs Muscle Junkie, Jesus Stole My Girlfriend and Eat Your Parents all kicked like a mule and with offers to swap merchandise for weed and audience baiting banter like “this isn’t a library that serves alcohol” they brought a well needed mix of brat and toughness to what felt like a typical Triple J crowd from the past.

Jebediah are seven years between albums, the perfect gap for fans to build up a healthy dose of nostalgia for their pop fueled tunes that ruled Triple J at the turn of the century. A new album (Kosciuszko) has already delivered a ‘hit’ in the form of She’s Like A Comet – one the evening’s surprising highlights given the number of big songs in their back catalogue. Jebediah played a well balanced set that showcased the new album and gave the fans enough of the old songs to make them feel warm and fuzzy. Harpoon, Animal and Fall Down all sounded as naively fresh and rocking as they did the first time round and when they delivered their signature song Leaving Home there were arms in the air and mass singing aplenty. One downside was the sound mix that was too soft on the bass and too stadium on the drums and vocals. At first it grated but once the ears adjusted it became less of an issue. With a plethora of great new songs Jebediah showed they aren’t banking on nostalgia to see them through and the band is clearly relishing a return to the stage, such was their gratitude, mile wide smiles and obvious enthusiasm.

this review first appeared in The Drum Media (Sydney)

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