They arrived mid afternoon. First was Mike ( ex youth rep of the Penguin Club committee). He is now an expert sound technician and he soon went to work fine tuning the clubs system for his needs after expressing pleasure in our new reverb and delay components. Next. Left or Right arrived , along with their lighting man, doorman and roadie. They swarmed into the place making it their own; bringing lights galore along with the usual amps, boxes and other essentials . By that evening the club was transformed ready for the music to begin..
Du Cats Kit hit the stage about 9pm. They just get better and better. John Adams on drums with Jared Beevers wicked bass playing make a tight net of sound for Nick Van de Vlierd to bounce off with his expert guitar licks. During the break, the guys from Left or Right had been in their van outside listening to the Ranfurly shield game. As Invercargillites they were filled with provincial pride when Southland won for the first time in 50 years. Whooping with joy they carried that exultation on stage to give the crowd some mighty fine music.
Callum Hampton on guitar and vocals, Steve Marshall on bass and vocals and Metua Marama on Drums and vocals wove elements of Reggae, Dub, Heavy rock and that indefinable quality which is all theirs to give us a total Musical experience. There were moments that invoked ‘Pitch Black’, ‘Uriah Heep’and ‘Deep Purple’ The expert lighting show added that other dimension as the crowd pulsed in time to the Music This band is up there with ‘Little Bushman’ and ‘Phoenix Foundation’ and if you cannot see them live they have just released an album ‘Nuggety’ which is available on cd, tape and vinyl. They also do an interesting range of underwear for the discerning fan.
‘Made in China’ were up last. Mike Holland stepped down from the sound room to man the drums, Malcolm McMartin on bass, Morgan Bickley on guitar & vocals and Sam McKean on vocals and stage presence. This high energy band got the already dancing crown moving a notch harder and faster They are about to release an album and were giving away samplers of this. “Letter to the Dead’ You can download this free from the net.
All three of these bands stand out as the tightest, most talented original bands in the South at this time. To see all of them on the same night was a privilege indeed.