(Photographer: Tim Doig)
The Howler Bar in Brunswick hosted an all Australian line-up for The Peep Tempel’s sold out single launch on Saturday, with an eclectic Melbourne mix of punters and bands alike.
Pselodux, while not your normal spectacle in the Melbourne band scene, resonated with the crowd and caught the attention of a few more through the obvious devotion to his crafting and performance of90’s video game inspired dance space-rock. With nothing but a guitar, an effects pedal and a laptop and equipment on a table, Pselodux created an entire soundscape and show that took the audience back to 16 bit gaming from the 90’s.
Yis, a garage rock 4 piece from Melbourne with a penchant for an energetic stage show put on exactly that. Rolling with the punches from early guitar strap issues, this only seemed to give them more energy. Every song was loud, raw and delivered in true garage rock fashion from the whole band. Their stage-show was fun, excitingand it constantly rocked, a pretty good combination for a Saturday night. With their loose and energetic show, Yis show a lot of promise.
West Melbourne Aussie rock 3 piece The Peep Tempel were the main reason the show sold out pre-doors, and it didn’t take long to understand why. Everyone knows rock music sounds better when the instruments are pushed to the edge, and the opening riff set the tone of the entire set-list. Unabashed passion and aggression from vocalist/guitarist Blake Scott, a smooth pounding swagger from bassist Stewart Rayner, and a solid pumping drum line from Steven Carter combined for a powerful show. Crowd favourite and new single Carolwas the best of the night, fuelling a crowd sing-along that ranks up there with the best of them. The Peep Tempel smashed through a set-list full of riffs, passion and Australiana and the crowd appreciated every minute of it, singing and dancing from start to finish. The Peep Tempel ooze raw energy and a genuine love of performing which translates into an amazing spectacle of a show. Without need for gimmicks or flashiness, they connect with the crowd on a musically primal level. Just finishing up their national tour with final shows in Darwin, Adelaide and Ballarat, The Peep Tempel are even better live than recorded. Check them out (with earplugs) when you get a chance.
GIG REVIEW: THE PEEP TEMPEL | HOWLER | 23.5.15
Photographer: Tim Doig