Frenzal Rhomb are just one of those bands that will always draw a crowd. Sure the kids are a little older and we head along to relive our glorious youth where Frenzal Rhomb albums like Not So Tough Now and A Man Is Not A Camel was and always will be the soundtrack to our reckless abandon and misspent childhoods.
They manage to bring back those fun memories of summer festivals, drinking goon in the park and road trips. I may have seen them a dozen or more times and each show is just as much fun as the first time I saw them as a fifteen year old.
Opening the proceedings last Friday however were Dead Boss. I found it difficult to find a band to compare them to. At first it was a little like old Canadian punks DOA, but there was also some elements of Enter Shikari's electronic touches, Refused's intensity and the brashness of Aussie grind core legends Blood Duster. Four men who look as old as the crowd, dressed in construction vests who pushed an aural assault that riled the crowd up for Canberra's metal seven piece I Exist.
I Exist follow on what bands like I Killed The Prom Queen, Parkway Drive and The Amity Affliction. Brutal, heavy and melodic metal-core. With a four pronged guitar attack that created a frenzied sound, the guys whipped us through an impressive set. Playing tracks from their album that was released last year II: The Broken Passage, I Exist were brutal and brilliant but an odd choice to open for a punk band.
The one thing about Frenzal Rhomb is that they are reliable. There's the witty banter, the occasional mocking of a crowd member, some posturing from The Doctor and an hour of brash, fast, catchy as all fuck punk rock. Playing a lot of tracks that they've never really played live before including the full version of the Not So Tough Now hidden track(s) "Ben Is A Cunt" (named after their former guitarist).
There was plenty of staple fan favorites, "Cones", "Johnny Ramone Was In A Fucking Good Band But He Was A Cunt", "Some Of My Best Friends Are Racists" and "Punch In The Face". They also threw in their version of the Home And Away theme song, 'Wide Wide World' and tracks off of their last record "Just Because It's Soap, Doesn't Mean It's Clean" and "Mummy Doesn't Know You're A Nazi".
It was loud, rowdy and good old fashioned drunken fun. Just a typical Frenzal Rhomb show!