Fri 21 Sep 2012
Grandfather Alps, Hunting Bears and Two Cartoons @ Re:Fuel, 19/9/12
There is one sure way to compete with audience conversation, and that is to smash their ear drums with a full-band hammer. Think power chords. Think volume. I wouldn’t recommend opening a set with a slow solo number, which only after about two minutes finally gets people’s attention when the full band comes in and drowns out the chit-chat. Hunting Bears might enjoy devising a number specifically for this purpose. Some of their later songs – the names of which I missed, but which were largely very heavy – might be better opening numbers in future. However, Hunting Bears was received quite positively at Re:Fuel, as should be expected. Maddy’s vocals never fail to command, and Josh’s guitar solos were thrilling. Dunedin seems also to have many many great drummers, one of whom is Sam Holdom. The band did inspire the internationally uniform ‘encore’ chant, which I’m sure any band appreciates.
What can I say about Two Cartoons that you have not already read? Well, all I have to add is this: refinement. Sound, song writing, harmony, everything. Two Cartoons stands out as an audience favourite in Dunedin, as was evident by their excited audience reception at Re:Fuel on Wednesday, the likes of which I had not seen at this venue before. Both Brad and Isaac are great to watch on stage, for they too move around and do stuff. I’m sure I am not alone in saying I look forward to their new EP which is forthcoming. One song which was not introduced with a title, but which was introduced as the ‘favourite’ from the new EP, will undoubtedly remain in people’s heads for hours.
Thanks to Re:Fuel, the bands, and all the staff for a great gig.
By Andrew McLean