Reviewed by: Anthony Worrall
On Saturday night, Jack Rabbit Slim’s In Northbridge hosted The Peep Tempel, a Melbourne garage-rock trio, supported by local punk group Shit Narnia and thoroughly enjoyable grunge trio Pat Chow.
First up at around 9:30 were Shit Narnia, who set a hectic and frenetic yet jovial atmosphere for the night’s proceedings. Heavy, soul-shaking bass lines combined with dark and almost sludgy guitar riffs to produce a brooding, angry sound that sounded similar to if doom metal band Sleep had a very large shot of adrenaline. These guys played music which produced feelings of melancholy, dread and anger, sometimes all of which at the same time. At their angriest, they were reminiscent of classic alt-rock heroes Trail of Dead, and when their music peaked in a shrill, almost hypnotic crescendo, they reminded me of Canadian art-punk group Ought. Overall, a very intense yet absorbing performance.
Next up at 10:15 were Pat Chow, a powerful and more than adequately bearded grunge trio from Perth, fresh off dropping their debut album ‘Are You Okay?’ on Gun Fever Records in October. Delivering nothing short of an incredible set, it won’t be long until they become a common name across Australia. Their sound was minimalistic yet diverse and complex, and sounded like any acclaimed grunge band from the 90s such as Pearl Jam, Pixies, or Mclusky.
At last, at 11 were Melbourne trio The Peep Tempel, who capped off the already intense atmosphere with a set that ensured nearly every punter went home very satisfied. From the outset, they created a feel-good and fun vibe with a heavy sound. Lead vocalist and guitarist Blake Scott’s diverse and malleable voice further enhanced this, his voice sounding similarly frank and London east-end to that of David Bowie. As for the instrumentation, the band followed the trend of the night in producing a tight, heavy sound, although the discography of The Peep Tempel meant that the sound often oscillated between something reminiscent of 90s grunge and early English punk.
Overall, the three acts produced three sets that were not just similar in sound, but similar in incredibly high standards of quality.