What makes a great Saturday night out in Geelong? To me that is a good pub feed, beers, great company and even better live music. The Barwon Club Geelong did not disappoint on this cold June night. Following a quality parmi and Melbourne Bitter, we were in for a dose of impeccable talent from homegrown artists.
The lovely Dulcie kicked things off with their angelic harmonies, shifting lead vocals and dynamics, and huge presence on the cornered stage. Their hit ‘Fall’ packed a punch live setting the tone for the remainder of the evening.
The ever-quirky yet highly respectable, Approachable Members of Your Local Community, charmed their way through a highlights reel of tracks including ‘Millennium Queen’, ‘Semiotic Vision’ and the absolute delight, ‘Only Friend’, making way for a stadium-sized headline.
Polish Club have proven time and time again that they are the ultimate rock stars. Their songs are hard hitting with deep impact that makes you want to shake your hips and bang your head at the same time, their attitude is purely rock ‘n’ roll with front man, David Novak, encompassing the true charisma, cheek, and sex appeal required of greatness, and their presence on stage is undeniable. The duo plus touring guitarist commanded attention immediately with the anthematic opener, ‘We Don’t Care’, backed by their 2019 album title track, ‘Iguana’ and the infectious ‘Goddamn!’.
Just three songs in, Novak grabbed a towel to wipe the sweat already dripping down his face from the sheer amount of energy he was putting into each track, and with a swig of his bottle of Johnny Walker Red Label (that made an appearance after almost every song), they jetted straight into the energetic ‘Beeping’. Taking things back down for the slow jam ‘Don’t Fuck Me Over’, the echoes of crowd singing was piercing. Working their way through more crowd favourite ‘Breakapart’, ‘Sun’, ‘Beat Me Up’, ‘Gimme Money’ and ‘As Low As It Goes’, the trio had every person in the room in the gips of their hand.
They slipped in a neat (and notably shorter) cover of Tash Sultana’s cover of MGMT’s ‘Electric Feel’ (yes- you read that right) mashed with ‘2 Scared’. ‘Where U Been?’ pushed Polish Club into overdrive for the final monster hits to round out the main set. As cries for “more cowbell” drowned out the band room, JH succumb to the constant taunting sending a cowbell and drum stick off into the walls of people for an audience participation rendition of ‘Come Party’. ‘Clarity’ and my personal favourite, ‘Divided’, closed out what was a mammoth main set of hits and show-stopping tunes. By the end of the set Novaks white towel was well and truly soaked, half a bottle of the scotch whiskey was down the hatch, the stage banter was beyond compare and the crowd were truly animalistic with excitement.
Instead of the ‘Truly Madly Deeply’ cover served up as the encore for the other shows on the tour, the band caved to a persistent punter and delivered their highly regarded Like A Version cover of Flumes ‘Never Be Like You’. The roars upon announcement were deafening and the tune garnered the biggest sing-along of the night. Punters grazed the roof atop of shoulders and fists punched the air for their power-driven chorus in a real Breakfast Club way to round out a killer evening.
After this set, there is no denying that Polish Club are one of Australia’s most exciting acts at the moment and that they have all of the right ingredients to achieve real rock star royalty status.
Photographer: ©Elizabeth Sharpe