HIDEOUS SUN DEMON VINYL LAUNCH
Finally - the time is here, closing in on two years since they lashed out with their very first EP: MEAT in 2013. Hideous Sun Demon has dropped their nuclear blast of a vinyl under the title of SWEAT. The album itself is an intense power trip of noisy, punk-influenced garage rock with its punchy bass lines at its core with a psychotic performance from frontman Vince Buchanan-Simpson capping it all off in fine fashion.But before I get ahead of myself I must pay my respects to the perfectly fitting supporting bands filling up the night’s spectrum of frivolities.
The first band, The Darling Rangers, were quick to open the gig on a noisy chord with an aggressively stooges-esque performance which was not quite my jam but I can see its appeal, especially amongst the madly dancing crowd at the stages edge. One thing that I absolutely must mention about this band was how impressively mad the pianist went about his work, it was beautiful to watch such a manic talent.
Following this energetic prelude to the night was the evergreen HAMJAM as they took the pace down a notch into beautifully tuned smooth pop rock. Very reminiscent at points of Beach House, it featured guitarist and vocalist Hamish Rahn smoothly bobbing and thrusting to the groove-lined beat of James Ireland's seductive synth.
Next up on the agenda was Pond's own Nicholas Allbrook demonstrating his unbacked prowess on the guitar. Sporting a fantastically defunct bubble machine, which decorated his set with those balls of childish magic. The music itself was a bit of an oddball of sounds with one song being played entirely accompanied by just an up-tempo beat as Allbrook riffed over the top. A recurring theme was the sample of a song that I could not personally place, seemingly some sort of 60's blues-rock snippet, which he screamed and jived along with on two occasions. What was seemingly an improvised set it stopped abruptly as he finished before it took a dive, which was much appreciated. But at last we were led to the punk attraction (punktraction if you will) of the night.
Finally Hideous Sun Demon took the stage, putting on yet another high-intensity showing with their style executed to near perfection. Energetic punk antics ensued, each song raising the bar yet another rung, playing to such feverish heights with blood spreading across the guitars face from out of his cut finger. The show was constantly amping up, be it through the consistently entertaining and bizarre showing by Vince or the rock solid support of the grooving basslines coming from Jake Suriano. My own personal highlight to the show was their stellar performance of their track Glue. Overall it was again a glorious showing of one of Perth's finest bands and I would heartily recommend anybody with even the slightest interest in punk goes to see them as soon as they possibly can