LIVE REVIEW: Spiderbait @ The Hi-Fi


Spiderbait are a band of epic proportions both in the studio and live. As they took the stage and delved into Straight Through The Sun from their latest eponymous album, the crowd went crazy. Punters in their thirties to forties moshed with fans young enough to be their kids.

Spiderbait successfully weaved old hits like Shazam! and Outta My Head through the setlist with newer tracks It’s Beautiful, Miss the Boat and I’m Not Your Slave. Despite harrowing technical difficulties; having to restart, and then later abandon I’m Not Your Slave, Spiderbait rocked on like no time has passed from their sweaty pub gigs 25 years ago. Kram took time out of their set to wish a happy 20th birthday to their friends in Something For Kate amidst a shower of bras and thongs being thrown on stage.

Bassist Janet English blasted infectious riffs and fronted the band for Buy Me A Pony and other crowd favourites. It is impressive to note how little Spiderbait change from studio to live performances, unlike many touring bands. Spiderbait threw in a surprise cover of 99 Luftballons and the crowd went wild. Janet jokingly mentioned Spiderbait were never really all that great as a cover band and they delved soon afterwards into their iconic cover of Lead Belly’s Black Betty. Spiderbait treated fans to early releases like their first ever song called Circle K and Fucken Awesome. Kram was thanking the crowd frequently and you could tell the three-piece loved the crowd interaction and truly appreciated the sold out, sweaty night at The Hi-Fi in Brisbane.

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