REVIEW + GALLERY: Maids At The Small Ballroom

Split Feed

It wasn’t your typical Sunday night crowd; a public holiday the following day meant there was no intention for a quiet one. The crowd cared not for an impending Dawn Service the next day when they packed into The Small Ballroom to help Maids launch their new single ‘Girl Power’, with a solid lineup of diverse Indie Rock bands.


The audience was already filling in nicely when Raave Tapes opened up proceedings. Frontman Joab Eastley was the first to show the effects of a big day at Groovin’ The Moo beforehand, but powered through with a tight set. Raave Tapes are a Synth-band with no synths to be found, both the guitarist and bassist commandeer pedal boards the size of a computer from the 60’s; letting them create a myriad of sounds – you have to watch them just to find out who is playing what.



Split Feed delivered a solid set, despite technical difficulties. The three-piece are filled with a youthful punk energy that’s influenced by everyone from NOFX to Foo Fighters. During their set a man looked to the sky and spat champagne out of his mouth like a human fountain; if that isn’t a endorsement for Split Feed, I don’t know what is.


The crowd were now firmly up the front as Pals hit the stage. Moves were busted out across the dance floor as they played a no-nonsense set of garage indie rock songs; they also combined elements of shoegaze and Grunge in too. Set highlight included a rousing cover of Nirvana’s Aneurysm.



Corpus shook things up in a major way; a two-piece that were capable of making as much noise as all the four-pieces that took the stage that night. Their abrasive emo-influenced set was as divisive as it was enjoyable. The Sydneysiders need to come to Newcastle more often, it’s a not-to-miss band.


Maids were feeling some hometown pride tonight; at one point even letting the crowd break into a “New-Ca-Stle” chant. They were here to celebrate the release of their new single ‘Girl Power’ and at points seemed genuinely overwhelmed the response they got. They played songs from across their catalogue, whipping the crowd into a frenzy. ‘Girl Power’ was a set highlight, one of their catchiest songs that let the audience test out their lungs. A solid close to a great night that saw the full spectrum of the Indie Rock scene today.


Written by Spencer Scott

Spencer is a singer/songwriter from Newcastle. He's also a Triple J Unearthed Super User and writes for many national publications.

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