Oct 14, 2011

Charge Group @ Goodgod


Well, what a few great days of Australian music I have enjoyed recently. Firstly it was the always wonderful Dead Letter Chorus at the FBI Social night, followed by the incredible The Paper Scissors at the very same venue. Well, now I need a new batch of superlatives and adjectives. For Thursday night I saw the great, and I don't use the term lightly, Charge Group at Goodgod. I saw them earlier in the year previewing new songs from their soon to be released (March 2012) album and they were great. Well last night it was more of the same. The night actually served as the release night of their new EP (two songs will be on the new album, plus a bunch of remixes) and they proved yet again that they are nearly untouchable on the Australian music scene.

Why? Well, the songs are superlative. A potent mix of dramatic power and sublime beauty. A great rhythm section provides the bed rock for the melody and grace of the violin of Jason Tampake. Then you have the front man in Matt Blackman. His voice and guitar can convey equal parts of gut wrenching emotion. It's a heady mix. Last night the set featured classics from their debut album and also songs from the upcoming new one. I was a little disappointed that they didn't play the majestic "Vice'd", but great renditions of "Lullaby For The Apocalypse" and "Lunar Module" more than made up for its absence. Of the new songs, "Run" was supercharged glory, but "The Gold Is Gone" was probably my favourite. A great song. A great night actually. It was my first time to the venue and it won't be my last. The place has a lot of character and personality. Great little bar area and then the room out the back for bands. Will be going back there for sure. I also caught support act Cuba Is Japan. They feature former Baseball front man Cam Potts on drums and were wickedly good. A huge dose of power and beauty was on display there too.

Set List
Intro
New Song?
Lullaby For The Apocalypse
Search Party
Broken Sunlight
Instrumental
The Gold Is Gone
Speakeasy Death Song
Lunar Module
Run

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