Recently signed Melbourne based “post-punk inspired hip-hop” artist Grey Ghost hit the Espy over the weekend, dragging along a few closely connected local bands in the process. Opener Electric Opera and main support Private Life feature members of Grey Ghost frontman Jeremedy’s now disbanded The Melodics and Good vs Evil is the new project for Jack Weaving (front man for Dukes of Windsor) - produced by Grey Ghost producer and live band member Matik. Check them all out if you haven’t already.
It’s about time! We finally have a physical release from my current favourite local act - Private Life. The official launch happened on Friday May 11 at The Workers Club in Fitzroy and it was a good one.
Upon entry, attendees were given a copy of the band’s first EP - Follow The Sun, featuring the title track and Black Heart. A very welcome touch was that the CD cover was hand-sewn by frontwoman Renee Cassar, making it truly a limited edition collectable.
(Close up on the left, crowd photo from the band’s Facebook page on the right).
Given that I’ve already reviewed them twice (1,2) since October, I’m not going to go into any detail about the set. Just know that it was great as always.
I was already planning on going to this show on my lonesome, but an added bonus was finding out that Kisshead, the opening band for the night, was actually my friend’s housemates’ band and that Steve (Matik) was joining them on stage. This meant that the onstage band was 3/4 of who I saw as Grey Ghost not long ago. It was clear early though that Kisshead was far removed from Jeremy’s solo work, with the hip-hop beats and rhymes giving way to the ukelele and xylophone. The change isn’t born in sacrifice though, since the two still have a killer sound, especially on the song I think was called Climbing Tall Trees. Juleiaah and Jeremy work brilliantly together, seamlessly switching between lead and backing vocals. I’m not sure how active this project is with everything that’s happening with Grey Ghost, but here’s hoping they stick at it for a while longer.
Next up was local four-piece Without Wolves. After the intimacy of Kisshead, these guys seemed a bit over the top at the start. Earplugs in place though, I started to get into their set. I instantly heard parallels with At The Drive-In and I’m glad to see them as the first band in Without Wolves’ “influences” to know I wasn’t making shit up. The keyboard sounded like a strange addition, but not necessarily a bad one. The drumming was first-class and kept the intensity up throughout the set. I’d be interested to see these guys in a more suitable venue. I’ve got a feeling they could tear it up.
Private Life were playing their first ever headline show, so that was a milestone not to be missed. The venue was a lot smaller than the first time I saw them at The Evelyn, as was the crowd. Unfortunately, this more intimate setting resulted in the crowd being less willing to dance at front-of-stage, instead opting to hang back and watch. I’m not one to initiate any kind of dancing so I can’t criticise anyone, only comment. The lack of crowd interaction meant the show was a touch flat but with Juleiaah and one of her friends jumping up for the last few songs there was a definite change in energy. Run Run was of course a higlight, along with Black Heart and Leggo. Just as with the Evelyn show, their Dreams (Fleetwood Mac) cover was amazing. During the gig Steve gave me the good news that he may be working with Private Life to record Medicate and he is now under strict instruction from me to make them record this cover too.
Private Life are playing the Evelyn again this coming Sunday (Dec 18) with Animaux. If anyone wants a gig buddy, give me a holler, otherwise I don’t think I’ll go.