Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, Sat 15 Jun.
Rocking the Governor Hindmarsh stage in fine form were Aussie rock legends Choirboys with their Big Bad Noise line up of Brett Williams on guitar, Ian Hulme on bass, Lindsay Tebbut on drums and, of course, Mark Gable on guitar and vocals. The group offered close to two hours of loud pub rock accompanied with a side of humorous banter and a reverence for proletarian charm (typical of your ‘true blue’ Aussie) in an intimate and endearing rock and roll show.
The music was delivered in three parts of six songs each mostly from the Big Bad Noise and Choirboys albums and opening with Bombs Away from their 1991 Dead Drunk Live Hangovers album and closing with Last Night Of My Life. Last Night was played as a soft and slow ballad and prefaced, as Gable does, with a story saying, “If it were the last night of my life I would go out onto Hindley St and get a tattoo that said I slept with Donald Trump and I swallowed!”
The second set was a tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival played in pub rock style with loud overdriven guitar whilst wearing high-vis jackets. Set three returned to Choirboys originals with Blood Is Thicker Than Water and Midnight Sun, the title track of their 1991 album; yet another dedication to Donald Trump with Boys Will Be Boys and finally Run To Paradise with guest musician Tim Prestwich.
The punters at The Gov wanted a night of too loud stinking hot pub rock and that’s what they got. Gable is still belting out an incredible rock vocal and the band locked together for a tight and powerful performance. With a set of great songs and heartfelt delivery, a tribute to old favourites and political figures, Choirboys presented earnest and comical entertainment with discernible values steeped in Aussie rock and roll.
Image courtesy of Bián Hickman
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