Guitar Wolf + The Wrath + Australian Kingswood Factory + Strawberry Fistcake: Live review | Mo’s Desert Club House | Friday 8 December 2017

Mo’s Desert Club House is a cool new venue at West Burleigh in the industrial estate off Bermuda Street. Built in a tilt panel factory, it’slike going to watch your mates jam at a factory party that seres. It’s a good set up – easy to see with elevated sections for short arses – and has a well decorated interior, as well as a relaxed vibe. The venue even has a resident dog who loves the attention from the punters, and has no problems with the loud music. Is the dog deaf? It was certainly loud at Mo’s.

It’s great to see that Mo’s Desert Clubhouse  is already pulling nationally known and international bands to the venue. Take note: When you go check out acts at this venue, it starts early. I got there at 8.00pm and unfortunately missed the first band Strawberry Fistcake, and the night was wrapped up by 11.00pm.

The second band, Melbourne four-piece Australia’s Kingswood Factory, are punk, raw, rambunctious, and in your face. Like a good 1970’s Holden Kingswood they only know two ways to drive, flat out and stop, and drive they did.  Flat out rock and roll played fast, hard, and well. The Australian Kingswood Factory  left nothing in the tank.

The Wrath were on next, and even though they have been around since 2003, this is the first time I have seen them. A bummer because this locally bred shock, horror, rocking, gothic outfit would fit great in a nightclub scene from a vampire movie. They have style, class, and a great sound. The lead singer Tommy Creeper has a dark, rockabilly crooning style, and moves well and demands attention. The whole look fits, and their sound and performance backs it up. They also had a 1900’s bondage-type movie as a backdrop. (Another great feature Mo’s uses for the bands is the ability to have a video backdrop against the 20 foots tilt panel concrete wall.)

Then there was Guitar Wolf. From my listening on Spotify, I was not expecting anything but raw hard punk from this Japanese three-piece. But it was more like a comedy stage show with noise.

They came on stage in T-Rex masks (The Dinosaur, not Marc Bolan) and then proceeded to do some sort of a mime show. But when they started actually playing, they were truly terrible. However they were punk personified as in the whole “We don’t give a shit what you think, and we are going to do what we want.” Yeah, they have that down. At times they showed some musical ability and tightness; you would hope so with 30 years as a band under their belts. Some of the audience were loving it, dancing and going off. But if you were looking for something that sounded good, Guitar Wolf was not it.

But 100% go check out Mo’s Desert Clubhouse. A great new local venue for live music, and we need more places like this.

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