Live Review: The Snowdroppers, Food Court, Sloppy Kiss Soiree

25 September 2015 | 3:11 pm | Kassia Aksenov

"Thank fuck The Snowdroppers are back"

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Sloppy Kiss Soiree began with their titular track to ease the punters in. Guitarist and vocalist Jonny Watson found that faultless balance between a shout and a moan with his pickled-punk vocals. An extra-long version of Bouncy Ball, which incorporated a key change, saw the crowd bopping along — precisely like a bouncy ball. 

Sydney outfit Food Court kicked off with Red Wine Teething to get the rowdy Thursday crowd going. They'd pulled a decent crowd by this point, considering it was still early, proving that it wasn't just the headline act that the audience wanted to see. They treated us to most of the tracks from their Big Weak EP, giving us the delicious Food Court flavour. The crowd chowed down 14 Years Young and On The River. Ferocious and fun Food Court — fuck yeah!

Thank fuck The Snowdroppers are back, we've missed them over the past couple of years. Captivating, charismatic frontman Johnny Wishbone is the ultimate performer, from his animated showmanship to his deep, consuming vocals. The room was completely engulfed in the show. Wishbone asked if anyone had kids, seguing seamlessly into Devil Child, which was chillingly infused with the painful screeching of purposeful mic feedback. The Snowdroppers have a unique sound, pinching elements from blues, rockabilly and rock'n'roll laced with a twist of their own ocker Aussie inflection. Everybody'Losing My Mind brought out Wishbone's inner crazy, tinnie in hand he muttered to himself! Ignorance showcased The Snowdroppers' wide spectrum, a light-hearted humorous song starkly contrasting their darker tracks. Wishbone gave the old favourite Do The Stomp his own wicked take with a wander into the first verse of Paul Simon's You Can Call Me Al slap bang in the middle. Love Letters finished off what was the most outstanding show this scribe's seen in a very long time.