For those who have not yet had the pleasure of going to Sydney’s coolest new venue, GoodGod Small Club, you’re truly missing out, as I have been until tonight. A kind of Mexican themed front room with booths and a dance floor, and to the back, a secret door leading to the band room. A dingy little room where you kind of feel underground, there’s a very low roof and the stage is level with the floor. I love seeing bands in venues like this, before they start moving into the bigger, more commercial venues. It's intimate, and you feel like everyone in the room is your mate.
The night began with a band called Machine. I only managed to catch the final part of their set, but they were definitely setting the vibe for the night, and putting in maximum effort. I hope to catch their full set next time as it definitely looked and sounded promising.
Sures were up next, and this was one band I’ve been hoping to see for a while now. I highly anticipated their set, and they did not disappoint one bit. This is a band from Sydney who have made waves after winning the Triple J Unearthed Laneway Festival competition. Sures are bagging some pretty sweet support slots over the next few months, including playing with US band Wavves when they tour the country in May. They started off slow, but gained momentum throughout their entire set, ending on a high note with a very catchy tune. This is a band to catch before they get big and tickets are no longer affordable.
Wolf & Cub took to the stage and went straight into a new track, which they mentioned was soon to be released. The punters were getting into their groove right away, and it didn’t take long for the crowd to get warmed up and moving as the band went into a second new song. It’s nice to hear some new music from Wolf & Cub, and by the sounds of things, they have a lot to come.
The vocalist proclaimed during their set that they have “a lot of new songs, which is surprising to everyone on this stage”. "See The Light", the single the four-piece are launching tonight, was an early addition to the set, and it clearly won some fans. If the single is what we have to base our assumptions on the coming album, things are looking good; it's catchy, unique, and still very “Wolf & Cub”.
"This Mess" from Vessels was next, and this track is always the highlight of a Wolf & Cub live show. Each time it is tweaked slightly to be played differently live, which is something more bands should do more often, rather than playing every song exactly as it is on the album. I was enthralled by the instrumental section from start to finish.
"Seven Sevens" was next, then "All Through The Night", the second track from their latest EP, and my personal favourite of the two. This song mentally takes the listener to another place, and is just an overall amazing track. The vocals are intense and chilling, but still hold a positive vibe, and this showed in the live performance. We were treated to some more new tracks as well as a couple of oldies, but it was clear that Wolf & Cub were here tonight to showcase what they’ve been working on and what we have to look forward to from them this year.
Even though from the outside this band just seems like another member of the long haired, bearded-men club, they have plenty more to offer than their homeless image suggests. They are a band that, in my mind, have had massive potential for a long time, but are yet to peak, I have a feeling the album to come will push these guys to the next level where they deserve to be.