GIG Review: Polish Club- Republic Bar & Cafe, Saturday May 13th

Words by Josh ‘Tree” Lovell

 In what can only be described as an absolute ‘sweat fest’, the lads from Polish Club emphatically improved on their previous billing at the venue last year with a near flawless performance on Saturday night in Hobart.

Polish Club, in front of an almost sold-out crowd returned to the venue where they supported Northeast Party House last year, and showed why they have taken the country by storm. Their face paced, bite-sized rock songs were what the doctor ordered, literally. I couldn’t let a tooth extraction stop me from missing this one. The things we do for live music eh?

But this was a night that was certainly worth it.

Hurricane Youth, a Launceston band played some hard-hitting punk rock to kick off the night. You could clearly have linked some similarities between their sound and the sounds of another Tassie band, Luca Brasi. The connection was even clearer when I noticed Luca Brasi’s lead singer Tyler Richardson in the crowd to witness the performance, even though some interactive fans were chewing off his ear.

Hurricane Youth played songs from their EP that was released at the start of April and if you are into the punk rock vibe of bands like Luca Brasi you should definitely check out their EP and keep your eyes out for future performances.

Next up was another local act Maddy Jane who has recently received some airplay on Triple J.

In her first Tasmanian show of 2017, Maddy Jane emphatically highlighted just how far her music and stage presence has come in what was an excellent set. The set’s highlight, other than an excellent cover of Fleetwood Mac’s classic ‘Dreams’, was a preview of an upcoming single that is due to be released this week.

By the time Polish Club took to the stage it was close to midnight, but the anticipation of the crowd couldn’t be higher.

After a slight issue at the beginning of the set involving front man Novak’s guitar and what appeared to be a stage-invader, the band got their personal towels at the ready and delivered a raucous set that included well-known songs from their self-titled formative EP and new songs from their debut album Alright Already.

Old favourites (I say old but these songs were released in 2015) such as Able and Beeping captivated the energetic crowd, while the near capacity crowd was at its loudest in the duo’s most popular radio song, Come Party, which really gave a clear indication of just how popular these guys are becoming.

Half way through the set, the crowd was given some options for possible cover songs, with Novak offering to play a cover of Powderfinger, Weezer or The Strokes. The crowd were fanatic about all of these options, but The Strokes won out and the Sydney duo delivered a fantastic cover of their hit Someday, much to the joy of The Isle’s Anthony Osborn.

The set’s last song, just ticking past 1am local time, was the ‘Like a Version’ of Flume’s hit Never Be Like You that was played in the Triple J studios earlier this year. It’s safe to say Never Be Like You has never sounded this heavy, or really, this good.

This was a set that lived up to hype. Be prepared to fly around the country to see these boys. They’ll top off any holiday with that much needed icing on top.








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