The Bloodpoets
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The Bloodpoets

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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"The Bloodpoets / Bang Bang Boss Kelly / Sam Perren & The Later Dates / Rawr Vanity"

The Hi-Fi – Fri Apr 27

Tonight, The Hi-Fi serves as an unusually cosy (although some seating options wouldn’t have hurt) hideaway from the annoying rain, the all-local music on offer adding to an intimate hometown vibe. Following solid opening sets by locals Rawr Vanity and Sam Perren & The Later Dates, the crowd grows to a respectable size and the casual atmosphere is firmly established.

Impressive in a stripped-down support slot at the last Beatles night, Bang Bang Boss Kelly waste no time in rolling out a series of hoary, rambunctious numbers that have little to do with the Fab Four. The four-piece are definitely more ‘garage-punk’ than ‘folk-punk’ these days, yet guitarist Brian L’Huillier (familiar through Dead Shades) somehow finds room to showcase his jazz-schooled chops among the dense clatter.

Having spent a considerable amount of time on the road, The Bloodpoets are no strangers to the venue and make full use of its lush PA. Opening with a brief, sweet vocal duet, the rockers launch into what they do best: tightly-performed modern pop-rock, with more emphasis on the latter as the minutes tick away. A hefty dose of the songs aired tonight seem to aim for big arenas, keyboardist/vocalist Bec Plath (resplendent in sparkly pants straight out of an ‘80s rock vid) energetically jumping around as befits a true rock & roll synth player. Frontman Tom Murphy – sporting a considerably more trim lion mane – attacks his left-handed Gibson while Jake Parker lays down a thick bass groove and drummer Todd Orchard hits his kit like he’s on a Soundwave stage.

Openly willing to crank things up, the quartet indeed sound louder and heavier than ever. Last year’s Sunny Day – a bright, upbeat pop ditty – is intercut with chunky riffage; new single War clocks in under two fast and sharp minutes and old staple/main set closer Borderline paints a fleeting image of a synth-assisted Jebediah.

The encore of She Feels It, a tried-and-true Regurgitator cover and frenetically-executed Dance caps things off nicely – just like a Brisbane band should.

DENIS SEMCHENKO - Rave Magazine


Discography

Fire in Erlangen - EP (2006)
Polarity - LP (2009)
Wings - EP (2011)
War - Single (2012)

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The Bloodpoets have received national and international acclaim with several songs from albums and EPs over the past few years being played on Triple J, Triple M and Channel V and also being synced to a number of TV shows and Quicksilver Pro webcasts.

Latest release, EP 'Wings' is available in stores around Australia through MGM and online through Waterfront Records and iTunes.

The Bloodpoets are now back in the studio beginning work on album #2!