[MUSIC/ROCK ~ VIC]
Main Band Room at Lion Arts Factory, Sat 7 Mar.
It’s around quarter to ten when Melbourne-based Oasis tribute act Shakerfaker hit the stage. The patient audience members are more than ready for a little bit of Madchester magic, via Victoria. You can tell because they are almost at fever pitch during the recorded intro. Mad fer it! The band shuffles onto the stage to rowdy cheering and applause, and Columbia kicks things off, taking things back to 1993.
Once Morning Glory properly gets going it’s clear that this is going to be a good night for Oasis fans. Rock ‘n’ Roll Star takes things to the highest level, and there’s almost no going back for the remainder of the show. Faux Liam does all the talking, and he’s in a good mood tonight, the chat is warm, friendly and funny. “Youse are fookin’ mega, you are great!” the parka-clad frontman exclaims, congratulating the mob on their combined vocal efforts.
Most of the songs are executed faithfully and skilfully. There are a couple that deviate a little from what is expected but, in the main, these boys have definitely got what it takes to get an audience up and going. The bulk of the material comes from the first two albums. No surprises there, although the much maligned Be Here Now album gets a look in when the band launches into Stand By Me, another singalong classic. I Hope, I Think, I Know, from the same album, follows.
The sound is decent; the blend of instruments delivers an authentic Oasis feel to the songs. Such is the quality of Noel Gallagher’s canon, there’s no filler, no fat. All the songs presented tonight, except perhaps Mucky Fingers, are guaranteed crowd pleasers. Every one’s a winner, baby. Don’t Look Back In Anger almost raises the roof.
A strong encore includes Whatever, Slide Away, and the expected Champagne Supernova as the finale.
Despite the later than advertised start, this has been a jolly good show, full of good-natured Britpop swagger. For an hour and a half, folks are reminded of just how good things were, back in the day…
Photo courtesy David Robinson