We sent Newcastle Live contributor, Sarah Pfeiffer along to The Lass O’Gowrie on Saturday night to catch local band, dave playing live to launch their new single, Sex Me.
Let me start by saying how incredibly impressed I was by the Lass O’Gowrie Hotel. The vibe you get the instant you walk behind the carpet is amazing. Though the stage area is smaller, and the inside wasn’t too impressive, the outside back patio is where I grew to feel at home. The couches, tables, string of lights, and the large tree in the middle, give the bar a back-porch, relaxed vibe.
I am still acclimating myself with the rock and roll scene here. I am still learning what type of music a beachy, college town produces, and what genre is the most popular. How was I to know what the music scene in Newcastle would be like? Would it be 100% grunge rock, mosh pit, and all? Would it be laid back, everyone sitting and watching? Would it be a classic case of head-bobbing? This was a completely new experience for me. Not only was this my first show in Australia, but it was my first local show as well. I may have gone in with no preconceived expectations, but let me tell you, I was truly blown away, and so were my friends.
Unlike the women I met waiting in line for the bathroom, I haven’t been growing up with dave, the band members are not my friends, and I have not been to their shows before, but I, for one, had a blast.
Their music is something I assume will soon be on Spotify’s “Top 100 Rock Tracks” playlist. All the songs have instantly catchy choruses and beats you want to continuously dance to. With a drummer who can play insanely fast, and keep his crazy-eyed intensity up for the entirety of the show, two guitarists who can play completely in-sync even in the midst of a crazy crowd, and a lead vocalist who sounds insanely alike to Joel Madden, there isn’t much more you could ask for of a free show.
I had familiarized myself with a majority of the band’s songs leading up to their gig, and was super excited to be a part of their debut release “Sex Me,” but was most surprised when it was the song “Sunny Days in Winter” that got the crowd most revved up.
I was also mesmerized by the band’s seemingly effortless change overs. For a local band, it amazed me how good they were with having absolutely no dead space between songs. One second they were getting the audience revved up with “Sunny Days in Winter” and the next second, after a quick change over, were wowing the crowd with a phenomenal cover of “Where is My Mind” by the Pixies. That is talent, my friends.
When it comes to local bands, its all about the crowd’s experience. Is everyone dancing? Are they singing along? Are they packed in too tight? Though the people in the crowd may not know all the words to the songs, or even the name of the band, if the band can keep the crowd’s energy level up, and their feet moving, only then will the audience leave wanting more.
I truly think that dave was able to create a wonderful atmosphere with the crowd that night.
I was thoroughly impressed by the Lass O’Gowrie, and more so with the band. The Lass O’Gowrie will now be known as a solid home to Newcastle Rock and Roll, and dave as a great representation of the musical ability this city has to offer. dave, you sincerely lived up to your YouTube hype, and were able to draw all walks of life in to your show. I truly look forward to your new music releases and many more shows. You’ve gained an un-local fan, and those are hard to come by!