Brewcastle #2 @ The Cambridge

e444e, FeelsClub, Pist Idiots, Max Chillen & The Kerbside Collective, Joab Eastley

If a gig prompts you to look at flights to the hometown of a band, you know they have made a good impression. I’ve always heard about the Brisbane music scene and thought I was missing out- this was confirmed last week when FeelsClub and Max Chillen & The Kerbside Collective (both from Brisbane) joined Pist Idiots (Sydney) and Newcastle’s very own Joab Eastley and e444e.

The free event at The Cambridge was curated by Newcastle’s No-Fi Records and Brisbane based New Farm Records. Raave Tapes frontman Joab Eastley opened the night, his acoustic set accompanied by a thumping bass from LDRU and DJs from other rooms. It’s worth noting that just because something is loud, doesn’t mean it’s worth listening to. If only the people in those rooms could have heard the first notes of the gravy song, they would have realised they were in the wrong room. The punters that made the right choice huddled closer to the stage as Joab covered Paul Kelly’s “How to Make Gravy”. He then went on to sing an original track called “Brett Lee Memes” and mixed in a Raave Tapes song among other originals.

An experimental, dreamy spin of post-punk songs came next from Max Chillen & The Kerbside Collective. With vocals echoing a mix of Nick Cave, The National, and City Calm Down, MCKC lured the crowd with tracks off their debut EP Dead Gorgeous which was just released (and can be found here). Their set was a standout as they fitted in covers of The Smiths and Billy Idol’s “White Wedding Part 1”, every element on stage blending together perfectly.

After the nostalgic trip MCKC provided, a pit was formed for Pist Idiots, led by a punter sporting a power board as a necklace, who later jumped on stage to help out singing (not that they needed help). Things got sweaty pretty quickly as they smashed out their garage punk rock tracks to the rowdy crowd.

Delving into their quirky synth-pop sounds, FeelsClub graced the stage, bringing along an 80s vibe. Playing their electric tracks, including a song released just last month, “1×1 (One by One)”. Their sound was consistent but not in a boring way that means the tracks are all similar. Each smooth transition providing the crowd with something new to dance to.

The drone of e444e’s experimental electronic pop closed the night for the punters who had stuck around. Drifting around the room, unsure about how to dance to the obscure sounds.

Brisbane and Newcastle should collaborate more often to create successful events such as Brewcastle #2. With different genres and sounds, the night was a journey from the acoustic sounds it began with, all the way through to a dreamy experimental taste. I urge you to follow each one of these artists and see them if you ever get the opportunity to! In the meantime, anyone keen on a trip to Brisbane?