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 I only got the chance to attend one night of the Stinkfest 13 celebration, but it was a beaut at the Darkroom. Opening with the latest one-man all-vampire showcase that is I Drink Your Blood, I knew it was going to be a fun night.
Playing with reel-to-reel backing and cool creepy organ sounds, the cape-cloaked bogey-man threw down some cool songs, touched with bone-chilling hoots and hollers!
Next was the return of local legend Ritchie Venus, playing a karaoke set of his best songs (like the stunning Forbidden Planet, and scene-setting number My Beretta), to an enthralled crowd. Playing an especially down-and-out flavoured repertoire of songs, perfect for his unpopular-Elvis persona.
Planet of the Tapes really stepped it up a notch from the previous show i’d seen of them, playing with aggression and fury. All 3 err… tape-people seem to be really firing at the moment, channelling their inner surf-music gods!
Golden Axe are touring their latest album ‘Liquid Bacon’, and unfortunately their show was cut short by closing time. They were rough around the edges but fun, as always. Playing garbled electro-pop in a DIY fashion.
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.
Christchurch’s first Zinefest was a big success – great work to Eamonn, Timmy and the rest of the crew that put on an excellent gathering and after-party at Darkroom.
After-party entertainment came from the up-and-coming beats of St Eden, who’s got a cool sound going on with his electronic groove, the rock-a-billy 3-piece Shark Street, who got the crowd absolutely pumping, and the excellent surf-instrumental act Piha Rescue.
Great party vibe all night, great to see the fun returning to our broken city.
The Axemen are one of the great underground New Zealand groups. With a huge wag of releases over the years either on their own label or various others through out New Zealand and the world, they always seem to bring something eclectic and catchy.
Speaking of eclectic – the rest of the performers this night at the Darkroom were certainly that. From the straight-up, super-fast punk of the Transistors, the surf-guitar soloist Connie B to the Poetry of Gorgeous Disorders.