Live Review: The Ape + Bruce + Greta Mob - Annandale Hotel (09.08.13)

the ape

Whenever Tex Perkins is in town you know you are in for a rock n' roll clinic. Regardless of the band he is fronting, the charismatic performer always draws a healthy crowd and his fan base increases with each passing year. This time round was the debut of his new band The Ape. A primitive group of men from such esteemed Melbourne rock acts like Magic Dirt and Dallas Crane. The talent on stage alone was worth the price of admission. As a band they were faultless to a tee. Classic pub rock n' roll which oozes sex and swagger.

Here to launch the debut of their new single 'Crawl Away', a bluesy melodic rock track that is typical Tex Perkins. A little tough, a little boozy, and a whole lot of balls. The rest of the set was a showcase of the tracks that will come from the album. Judging by the songs we heard tonight, it is bound to be a cracker of an album. It typifies the sound that is constant within the Melbourne rock scene.designed to be played in venues like the Espy and the Annandale. 

Proceeding The Ape was Wollongong's Bruce. A great set which moved seamlessly from pacey punk rock numbers to alternate rock hooks and even touched on some classic Metallica inspired heavy metal at times. The band were really good. The crowd were sadly less responsive to the band which was a shame as they ripped in and put on a great set.

Greta Mob had a distinct influence of early Nick Cave and Tex Perkins. Songs that revolved around death and murder and violence and a front man who I actually thought at any stage he will jump of the stage and stab someone. He had a serial killer like stage presence and the band, like a serial killer, were slow and methodically and brutal all at the same time.