The Trotskies | Live at The Workers Club

November 29th, 2014 | The Workers Club

Every day, millions of lives are tragically afflicted by the hideous scourge of disposable, bubble-gum pop that’s released on the world like a plague from Pandora’s Box. Fortunately there is hope. There is The Trotskies. Okay, maybe that’s a little dramatic but seriously, they’re the new poo so take a big whiff.

The Melbourne five piece began their DYR single launch tour on state election night at The Workers Club in Fitzroy, joined by fellow Melbournians Kinder and JP Klipspringer. And if this night was any indication of what is to come, Sydney and Brisbane – you’re in for a tasty little treat.

Kinder kicked off the evening with their easy-going yet energising style of pop-rock. The small, early crowd getting their groove on to the totally danceable, 60’s inspired tunes, which – at times – were somewhat reminiscent of psychedelic/60’s inspired bands like The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Apart from entertaining the crowd with their great songs, Kinder’s charm comes from not taking themselves too seriously, with their frontman claiming he was “talking too much smack on the mic”.

The Trotskies were the second band on the bill. Straight away they began to fill the room with ethereal, dark and reaching soundscapes that seemed to engulf the now sizeable crowd. Front man Jack Rudich was strangely mesmerising, a little like Ian Curtis minus the manic movements. There was almost no interaction with the crowd aside from the odd “thank you” and the announcement that one of their songs was “a cover of a cover”. Yet I couldn’t take my eyes off the stage, completely engaged, waiting to hear what comes next. In the absence of the almost mandatory pleasantries, The Trotskies draw you in with their brooding, noise rock sounds, and their understated air of mystery.

This is a complete band. Every member contributing to the live sound, leaving no space unfilled. However, it is not sound for sounds sake. Each song played was thoughtfully constructed and delivered proficiently. Whilst it would be somewhat unfair to single out sections or individuals, I was particularly taken with the band’s rhythm section. Seemingly simple yet often almost ferocious drumming and bass lines that were solid as, providing a platform for the keys, guitars and vocals to make their impact.

And make their impact they did. The crowd providing the evidence of this. At one point I turned around and they were swaying like that scene in the ‘Homerpalooza’ episode of The Simpsons when the Smashing Pumpkins were playing. They went from seeming almost mesmerised to suddenly becoming more animated as the music built and in response to the stunningly effective changes in tempo.

JP Klipspringer, the recording project of Jack Poulson, was the final act of the evening. They had the difficult job of following The Trotskies. But they rose to the challenge and were thoroughly entertaining. Popular with the crowd, playing singles from their EP Drip Dry, Let You Go and Bury Me, the set was mellow yet at the same time uplifting. After hearing it live, it’s easy to see why Bury Me is getting national airplay.

For me, The Trotskies owned the night. Added to the Beyond The Valley line-up, the momentum seems to be building for this outstanding band, and deservedly so. Sydney and Brisbane, they are coming your way, so get on it.

The Trotskies DYR Single Launch Tour continues…

Friday December 5 – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane (with The Furrs)

Saturday December 6 – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney (with Tim Fitz)

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