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Live Review: Money For Rope, The Bowers, Atolls

30 May 2013 | 10:23 am | Gerda Van Den Dool

The soulful sound of the saxophone in second last song Since I Left is like a cool down from the flaming show, bringing a dignified final touch to a night of true rock’n’roll.

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Money For Rope's lead singer Jules McKenzie heaps praise on the support acts The Bowers and Atolls. “These bands make life as good as it is.” Local youngsters Atolls kick off with their precise noise and no nonsense mentality. They play unpretentiously and vigorously despite their brief history. Badass band The Bowers take the night to the next level. A self-assured sound featuring flared pants and whiskers shows their understanding of the rock'n'roll rules. The charismatic guys amuse the filling room with smashing sounds, firm percussion and sharp lyrics.

The adrenaline flow increases as the night continues. With the very first note of Money For Rope the fire is lit. With a remarkable duo drum presence it's a wild scenario on stage. Jules McKenzie takes the lead of the fierce collective accompanied by his guitar. His rough vocals synchronised with the voices of the co-guitarist and bass player creates a vivacious fusion. The deft key player completes the grungy choir. His gambols are grooving and contributing to the overall danceability. Jubilation from the back represents satisfaction among the crowd. Fans on the frontline unite and form a pit – this music leads to joint movement. The band are tireless and “Ten times hot as the sun”, to quote the lyrics of their well-received hit, Ten Times. The soulful sound of the saxophone in second last song Since I Left is like a cool down from the flaming show, bringing a dignified final touch to a night of true rock'n'roll.