LOADED present Day Wave @ the Foundry, 8th April

On a particularly warm Autumn night, we gather early at the Foundry to settle in for LOADED, the monthly club night showcasing all things 80’s and 90s post-punk, acid house, psych and grunge.  Tonight’s headliner is California’s Day Wave.  I grab a cold beer and settle in for the first band of the night, Blonde Tongues.  A mix of melancholic grunge vibes reverberate through the air, reminiscent of Sunny Day Real Estate.  Their longer tracks provides ample time to groove and sway to solid guitar solos and dreamy melodies, especially their crowd favourite, Hey Good Lookin.  Though it seems the band had a few too many schooners before their set, they still manage to open the night well, setting the scene for the rest of the night.

Next to the stage is Rolls Bayce.  It’s been a while since I’ve seen them live and I’m keen to see what they deliver.  The band is down a member; they say their bassist is out of state.  Lead singer Dean McGrath and drummer James Wright maintain their great sound, though it still feels as if something is off.  Without the cleverly crafted bass lines thumping in the background, Rolls Bayce’s sound isn’t as thick as we’ve come to expect.  In saying that, McGrath’s vocals and guitar work are still great amongst the intricate drum beats Wright lays down.  Their flavour of psych rock is still by far the most interesting amongst the plethora of psych bands around, 70s rock and soul influences littered through their music.  Though the set was familiar featuring tracks from their 2014 EP, Rolls Bayce still put on an energetic performance.

In between acts I dare to try the Foundry’s cheapest cocktail on the menu: Sailor Jerry punch.  I’m certain of the spiced rum but can’t make out any flavours.  A thick taste of fruit lathers my palate, maybe it’s banana, maybe it’s pineapple.  An aftertaste of chocolate kicks in – it’s not the nicest of drinks.

The main event hits the stage.  Day Wave, in all his jet-lagged glory, makes the stage with his band fresh from opening the Gang of Youths gig.  He begins strumming his guitar, the band start to bop along to the surfer rock jams.  Day Wave’s vocals are tight, reminiscent of his studio work, accompanied with backing ‘ooohs’ and ‘ahhs’.  The band play a selection of older songs and new material from Day Wave’s latest EP, Hard to Read, Drag proving to be a crowd favourite as hips twist and sway.  I can’t help but stand up and groove as I hear the opening bass line to their cover of New Order’s Ceremony.  Each instrument was almost a note-for-note translation of the original, Day Wave’s reverb giving a Californian touch to the post-punk anthem.  Day Wave certainly left a lasting impression on his Brisbane audience, hopefully he makes the trip across the Pacific again.

The night continued with local DJs hitting the decks.  To be honest, the last thing I remember was Rock Lobster blasting through the speakers, transitioning into New Order’s electronic 80s anthem Blue Monday.  A quality memory to end the night on.

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