This show seemed to be under most people’s radar, as there wasn’t much of a crowd down at Dux Live; though it was a tuesday night. After laid-back drinks and a dj spinning drum’n’bass for a while, the more recently configure Monsta Machine (a new version of the Steffan van Soest Hit-Machine with a Monster Costume wearing front-man) took the stage.
Quite a departure from the old Hit-Machine, the guys were revelling in playing monster-themed Rap-Metal; which bassist Simon Nunn described as a kind of music he always wanted to play – the Judgement Day soundtrack was bandied about.
Anyway it was all good fun – and those costumes (which front-man Grubby produced himself) are bloody brilliant.
Shows at the new Dux Live are really picking up steam now, with a bumper crowd on saturday night.
I missed T54’s opening slot, they played a set of Hendrix covers as ‘Harvey Kaitowel’, but caught the majority of new Rich Densem-fronted blue-rock trio Uncle Scrim. Nice to see Ben Aldridge playing bass in the garden city once more, guys got some real chops!
T54’s closing set proper was a ripper, bringing the crowd in close to dance to their fast and tight numbers.
An unusual mix with the mellow and lovely duo French for Rabbits playing to a small audience, which then grew a bit when the show-offy ‘punk’ trio the Hatemen ran through a short set, and was actually pretty solid by the time the Undercurrents had reunited on stage.
All 3 groups were fun, the new Dux felt like a bit of a barn at first, but its really great having a mid-sized venue in Christchurch.
Ok so what would be the best possible way to debut a new venue, replacing a landmark institution in an earthquake-hit city? Why have Guitar Wolf play the opening of course! Oh and make it free! Oh and the Transistors can open too!
Holy heck what a night. Gorgeous summers evening, hanging in the new, rather large, but still inviting Dux Live, with the massive side-doors wide open to show off a lovely sun-set, enjoying a Ginger Tom or 3… then the Transistors came on and kicked arse – James was climbing around the the furniture, trying in vein to get up to the overlooking 2nd story.
I thin Guitar Wolf may actually be undead. These guys have been playing Ramones-style super fast ‘lock and loll’ since 1987, and since they take no breaks between songs, they whip up a bit of a maelstrom of raunchy party-vibes and killer rock’b’roll moves. Great show-men, addictive energy, just plain all round great show from these Japanese legends.
Looking forward to a ton more shows at the new Dux Live.