Words By: Jake Eckersley
So Verge Collection, are this cool band that cover Hillary Duff songs using nothing but hand bells and cat noises. Ok, this is a lie; I maybe didn’t get there early enough to see Verge Collection. I thought they would start later and I was really getting into the massage my strong Russian housemate (I suspect he’s a KGB sleeper agent) was giving me before I left. I suppose you feel ripped off that I still included them in the title but have you ever had knots worked out by someone tough enough to withstand a Russian winter after Putin gets the gas cut off by pissing off his neighbors? And like, you paid nothing to read this, stop feeling so entitled! Seriously though, check them out. I’ve caught them before and not only are they champs, but their writing is really on point too. Kinda like Real Estate meets Smith Street Band – chilled out stage presence, clever and melodic clean guitar sounds and a real strong Australian drawl in their vocals.
Kitchen People are holy men. If I was told that one time they walked on water, cured disease and took the cancer out of my bacon I wouldn’t be at all surprised. Their synth player Vince (Dream Rimmy, Hideous Sun Demon, most importantly Rough Daddy Action and probably more I’ve not seen) is undoubtedly the most entertaining musical performer in Perth right now. He’s wonderfully yet awkwardly charismatic, his bands are all just so killer and this one was absolutely no exception. As a band though, it was loose, rough, garagey synth punk with some hilarious themes and a commanding stage presence.
In contrast to the banter filled set from Kitchen People, The Creases wasted no time ripping straight into their set, playing through all the tunes you expected and pulled it all off reaaaaallll sweetly. They surprised me at their carefree and playful demeanor on stage as I’ve always viewed their tracks to be somber reflections rather than fond memories but maybe I misinterpreted them. Or alternatively, maybe they just got over what was bothering them and think it’s funny now – who knows. But if the latter is the case I’m real happy for them. You go Creases. Side note, their lead vocalist had a ripper mullet, easily the best id seen that day and I’d visited my grandma in Rockingham that morning, so sightings were above average.
Honestly, it sucked for The Creases, but Kitchen People really stole the show. Maybe Verge Collection stole the show from them in some kind of sneaky reverse headlineception but I wasn’t there early enough to be able to tell (sorry). 10/10 result for the hometown kids.