Unfortunately a ScotDrakula gig is becoming a rarity these days. With the band split between New York and Melbourne, the obvious logistical challenges involved mean that the four members all being in the same city at the same time is not as common as it used to be.
Fortunately for those in attendance on Friday night at The Curtin, ScotDrakula overcame these logistical issues and played an amazing gig to launch their new record A Giant Spider.
When I arrived it was just before Hi-Tec Emotions took the stage. I grabbed a pint and headed straight up the stairs. I really enjoyed last year’s debut album Hard To Handle and was excited to see the trio for the first time, and they didn’t disappoint. The keyboard driven sound with gripping bass-lines and punchy drums creates an atmospheric/anthemic sound.
After Hi-Tec Emotions it was time for ScotDrakula. The band room swelled to capacity as they took the stage and it seemed everyone in the room was immediately transfixed. The roar of guitars, swirling drums and piercing vocals put any doubts that the band wouldn’t be able to recapture their great sound at bay. They ripped through an amazing set full of old classics recent releases, and a number of new songs from the upcoming release. Set highlights included the high energy ‘Shazon’ and set closer and instant classic ‘Skeleton Fever’.
ScotDrakula tread a unique path in the local scene, they have taken the local guitar driven jangle and turned up the guitars. They are garage rock with out being too garage-y, art pop with out being too art-y, and have created a great sound that is entirely their own. Plus, they always put on a killer live show.
After the enthralling set, it was downstairs for Scott & Charlene’s Wedding to take over the DJ booth. It was a hit list of 80s and 90s bangers, and I danced the night away to ‘Betty Davies Eyes’ and ‘Live It Up’ among many other crowd pleasers. It was a great night!
As mentioned earlier these ScotDrakula live shows are becoming fewer and farther between, but they are not to be missed. So next time they are playing, you don’t want to miss it.