Best Night Ever: Live review and gallery | NightQuarter | 29 December 2018

Gold Coast’s Best Night Ever had no trouble living up to its name. The all-ages mini-fest held at NightQuarter housed a rip-roaring range of grunge, rock, and post-punk revival. Gifting us a line-up that put on a show so insane, it was the ultimate send off to the last few days of the 2018.

Kicking off the evening was Gold Coast based band CRUM. With heavy drums, and gritty vocals, these guys have all the hallmarks of early 90s grunge with an edge that modernises them for today’s standard of alt-rock.

TOTTY was up next, hailing from Wollongong, and continuing the tone of punk rock with a splash of sweetener in the form of their frontwoman, whose voice and stage presence coupled nicely with the wild drumming, dark guitar sounds and dripping bass lines.

Locals to Newcastle, legends to the Gold Coast – RAAVE TAPES, guarantee a fun time. With punchy electric beats, aggressive vocals and plucky bass grooves. These Novocastrians will have you raving to the likes of “K bye” in no time.

WAAX took to the stage with all the attitude the hard-edged punk band are known for. Throwing down killer songs like ‘Same Same’ and ‘Wild and Weak’, were just some of the melodies that showcased the viciousness of Maz’s vocals. Complimented nicely by the raw power of the drums, bass, and guitar, they gave it their all and the crowd felt it.

Another band from Newy, THE GOOCH PALMS mellowed the vibe and played some catchy tunes. They had the crowd involved in singing their songs, putting on a good performance, in their undies mind you, that had the masses hooked for their whole set.

Multi-ARIA award winning shred lords from Brissy, DZ DEATHRAYS tore up the stage. Hellish guitar hooks, followed by fierce drum solos, fuelled the banshee like war cry coming from Shane. Playing songs from both ‘Black Rat’ and ‘Bloody Lovely’ the guys had heads banging and bones rattled. Showing the crowd what it takes to ‘Shred For Summer’.

Ultimately, it was DUNE RATS’ night. The set was surf punk at its core, belting out some of their best-known songs like ‘Scott Green’, ‘BullShit’, and ‘Red Light Green Light’. They pulled out all the stops, mums shot gunning beers on stage, boogie board crowd surfing, Scott Green Bic Lighters lighting up the pit. The crowd didn’t even have to ask and still Dune Rats delivered.

The night ended with everyone on a high and in no hurry to come down. As they made their way to the car park, covered in beer and their own sweat I’m sure we we’re all on the same train of thought: “The best night ever”.

IMAGES (c) Peter Wheeler Photography

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