LIVE REVIEW: Built To Spill @ Manning Bar, Sydney (10/03/16)

This was a night for the guitars. Loud, textural and visceral six-string magic. Opener Ben Salter had a keyboardist in his live band who added some fine organ and synth sounds but the Gin Club head honcho showed that his solo material leans more towards rhythm-heavy, guitar-led rock songs. Not in a primitive sense though, Salter’s fine way with words and his voice, which only … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Built To Spill @ Manning Bar, Sydney (10/03/16)

LIVE REVIEW: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, HITS, White Dog @ Manning Bar, Sydney (08/08/15)

White Dog were up first and represented the punk end of the musical spectrum on offer. They started off with a straight hardcore delivery and then took detours into post-punk dissonance and angular shapes. From Black Flag to Big Black with a direct attack and socially acute lyrics they certainly primed the energy of the room. HITS from Brisbane are a defiantly rock ’n’ roll … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, HITS, White Dog @ Manning Bar, Sydney (08/08/15)

LIVE REVIEW: Cosmic Psychos, Dune Rats, The Mis-Made @ Manning Bar, Sydney (19/06/15)

The Mis-Made warmed the arriving crowd with their take on back to basics hard rock in the vein of L7, Babes in Toyland and even The Runaways when they hit some melodic vocal hooks. Things opened up when they stepped back from the mics and dug deeper into their playing, carving out some dense and pummelling rock n roll. Cosmic Psychos and Dune Rats are … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Cosmic Psychos, Dune Rats, The Mis-Made @ Manning Bar, Sydney (19/06/15)

LIVE REVIEW: Jack Ladder @ The Dreamlanders @ Manning Bar, Sydney (01/10/11)

written by Chris Familton Teeth & Tongue have evolved their sound over the last couple of years to the point where it now sounds effortlessly natural, devoid of pretense or hopeful indie aspirations. Singer/guitarist Jess Cornelius is the heart and soul of the band – aided and abetted by a guitarist, bassist and pre-recorded drums when she plays live and she left an impressive mark … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Jack Ladder @ The Dreamlanders @ Manning Bar, Sydney (01/10/11)

LIVE REVIEW: Pinback @ Manning Bar, Sydney 22/08/11

written by Chris Familton Melodie Nelson was in solo mode for her support slot which was a shame as her band are really starting to find their legs. Playing to backing tracks courtesy of her iPod and filling in the gaps with keyboard and guitar she did however draw the audience further into her simple yet warmly enveloping songs. There is a real melodic richness … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Pinback @ Manning Bar, Sydney 22/08/11

LIVE REVIEW: The Bamboos @ Manning Bar, Sydney (20/05/11)

written by Chris Familton Melbourne’s The Bamboos have been laying down the funk for a decade now and to celebrate they had a hometown birthday blow-out before bringing the party to Sydney. Bands don’t mark these milestones as often as they should so it was was great chance for newcomers to check out why The Bamboos are so highly rated and for the fans to … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: The Bamboos @ Manning Bar, Sydney (20/05/11)

LIVE REVIEW: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti @ Manning Bar, Sydney (09/02/11)

written by Chris Familton Holy Balm eased the arriving crowd into the vibe of the evening with an impressive set that showcased their organic psychedelic take on electronic music. The constant tempo of their songs had the earlybirds settling into a shuffling head nod while the trio plugged away at their primitive, droning dance music. The cool thing was that they primarily create music from … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti @ Manning Bar, Sydney (09/02/11)

LIVE REVIEW: Girls @ Manning Bar, Sydney 08/12/10

  written by Chris Familton First up were Step-Panther, an up and coming Sydney band who just keep getting better. Their songs have shifted from bratty punk origins to now include surf melodies, 60s pop sounds and a Ramones-like approach to telling street stories. Their song Jimmy should be a smash hit and their casual demeanor should gain them a bucket load of fans. Deep … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Girls @ Manning Bar, Sydney 08/12/10