The Jensens @ The Foundry, 26th March
A friend recently told me that rock and roll was dead. Somewhere between the turn of the century and the rise of electronic music, our love for rock and roll has somehow perished, despite whatever Neil Young might say. It’s been a rough road for the genre, though Brisbane rock band The Jensens might give Neil a good run for his money.
With the release of their debut EP, Everybody Talks, the band have been touring up and down the East Coast for the past couple of weeks now, showcasing the seven track EP in full glory. Tonight, the band have retuned home to The Foundry to give us a sample of the goods.
I’m going to be honest. It’s the Easter long weekend. This is the only Saturday night where I can drink until I can’t feel my face without having to wake up for work at 7am. I walk up those tartan-clad stairs with determination for a good time. Upstairs, the venue is already filling up at the early time of 8pm.
The night starts with Sunshine Coast rock band Pop Cult. With spacey, monotone vibes, the band gives us a taste of their debut EP, which is due mid 2016. It’s a really grungy sound, quite minimal in instrumentation, yet there is a build in the choruses, reminiscent of Powderfinger or Grinspoon. Gotta Keep Lovin’ and Feels Right are my favourites from the set.
After a few too many Fat Yaks I settle in to watch old favourites, Tundra. Having had a short break from touring, the pop/rock band do extremely well to showcase a refined and energetic sound. The purple haze of smoke and light that consumes the room matches the effervescent sound of guitars and heavily laid drums. Rohan Kindt’s vocals are at times quiet but well harmonised, best exampled in the song Glow. A thick crowd starts to dance as their set finishes.
The Jensens come on stage at around 10.30. The venue is officially sold out. There isn’t a lot of air in the room and it’s so hot I swear there is stream coming up from the floorboards. All of this is forgotten, however, when they start to play. A massive slab of garage rock is thrown at us and we eat it up immediately. Through songs like Fears and A New Hope, the audience loses itself to the boozy, guitar-filled sound. By sharing the lead vocals between Joe White and Nathan Kendall, the sound is kept diverse and pleasantly unpredictable. Finishing off with Shark Thunder and Elvis is Dead, the band is applauded long after they leave the stage. They come back to play an energetic version of Ever Fallen In Love by the Buzzcocks.
I stumble out hours later after dancing to The Creases DJs with the knowledge that rock and roll is still alive and well on a Saturday night at The Foundry.