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Live Review: Flyball Gov'nor

18 May 2015 | 3:32 pm | Thomas Munday

"Hyper-kinetic guitar licks and soothing vocals sent the remaining audience members into head-banging, body-swaying fits of joy"

Perth’s Underground Live Music Appreciation Club (PULMAC), one part of Scudley Records owner/operator Peter Renzullo’s initiative, pulled everything out for its May Event.

Playing to a modest crowd at the Civic Hotel, Flyball Gov’nor kicked off proceedings with a scintillating rendition of standout single B-Cup. From beginning to end, lead singer Mel Anastas delivered enough enthusiasm to boost the Civic’s dwindling atmosphere, while calling out friends and fans in the audience, the group kept the event’s communal spirit alive. Anastas, determined to impress, even sang improvised lyrics while lead guitarist Alex Anastas switched guitars after breaking two strings. Pulsating funk-rock gems Golden Slipper and Pina Colada helped elevate the mood. Concluding with Shark and Sense Of Kind, the group warmed up a chilly, unrelenting night.

The Milkmen, leaping on stage with a unique collection of acoustic guitars, saw fit to highlight PULMAC’s creative approach. Lead vocalist Conor McLoughlin’s haunting gravely vocals pulled everyone up onto the dance floor. The group’s fearsome folk-rock vibe, distinguishing it from similar ensembles around Perth, drew whoops and cheers from almost every onlooker. McLoughlin’s distinctive British accent added gravitas to a searing rendition of ballad Make You Happy. Switching from folk-rock to country for Reality Check, the group’s talent and range became unquestionable. Catchy, authentic renditions of Going Solo and Like A Drug lovingly illuminated the group’s distinctive, world-spanning sound.

Dan Peters & The Volatyles, sauntering across the stage, were as laid-back and aloof as possible. However, recovering from several technical difficulties early on, the indie-rock collective seemed fit and ready to impress. Dan Peters, standing off to one side, allowed his band mates to showcase their immense talents. Thumping, visceral versions of Oh, Valentine! and Count The Seconds were heightened by flawless rhythms and magnetic solos. Peters’ bright personality shone throughout, even admitting to not liking pop-rock head-banger Love Me Now I’m Dead.

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Five-piece indie-metal band September Sun, playing to a small mosh pit comprised of preceding bands and hardcore PULMAC aficionados, proceeded to deliver the night’s stand-out performance. Providing monstrous, pacy versions of Return The Wise and Solace, the group’s assured mix of thunderous drum beats, hyper-kinetic guitar licks and soothing vocals sent the remaining audience members into head-banging, body-swaying fits of joy. Vocalist Pete Knott, confirming “There really is something in the water!” regarding Perth’s love of music, carried the event’s communal vibe to the end. Hit covers, including a soulful, keyboard-driven version of Massive Attack’s Teardrop, combined alluring riffs and pleasurable melodies. Concluding with a climactic instrumentals, the indie-rock troupe stylishly capped off another sterling PULMAC extravaganza.