With a formidable reputation, gig goers always knew the Dune Rats gig at the Gov last Thursday was going to be wild, but what the 'Dunies' presented blew away those expectations!
The raucous evening began with Adelaide favourites Horror my Friend bringing an excellent mix of their thoughtful songs to the stage. Following this, the night took a gritty turn as the rowdy bunch of blokes from Melbourne's Cosmic Psychos put on a fiery display. Crowd favourites such as 'Nice Day to Go to the Pub' and 'Better, Not Bitter' had the crowd in an unapologetic state of turmoil. This can be expected with the groups fantastically catchy, belt out loud chorus' such as 'it's fucken bullshit mate' and 'nice day to have a schnitzel, have a schnitzel'. These cracker anthem's had the crowd well and truly warmed up before the Dunies hit the stage.
Adelaidians may have spotted the Dune Rats earlier in the year at Laneway Festival, which gave us a taste of the antics to be expected at their gigs. In true Dunies style, the groups visible drunkenness and antics throughout their performance perfectly accompanied their light and carefree music. Hits such as 'Dalai Llama Big Banana, Marijuana' and 'Funny Guy' were very well received by the wide eyed audience. The beachy stoner-rock backlog of tracks proved popular to mosh to, despite not perhaps being hugely heavy in nature. The group were warm, friendly and made the crowd feel as though they were all a part of their own private party.
The set was stopped at one point, before a shoey (scull of beer from a shoe) was demanded of the band by the crowd. Happily, frontman Danny Beusa and drummer BC Michaels obliged, before spewing in some unfortunate places... At some point during these shenanigans a member of the Cosmic Psychos strolled out centrestage to tell the audience that "the youth of Australia need to harden the fuck up!", to the audience's applaud.
Despite this setback, the dunies collected themselves and powered on into more of their songs, refreshingly dismissing the need to depart for a predictable encore. Instead they confidently finished their set with the additional songs, capping off a fantastically wild night!
While a Dunies gig is definitely not for the faint of heart, we had an absolute blast and love their outlandish personalities and music. 'Til next time.
For the best gallery of all time, click on the 'Dune Rats' gallery.
All images taken by Wade Whitington
Baby it's bloody hot outside! Check out this year's exclusive guide to Christmas shopping in Adelaide.
After three years of celebrating everything Adelaide has to offer, it's time for us to throw a party of our own...
WOMADelaide will once again transform Botanic Park into a magical wonderland in 2018.
Our favourite spots to get tipsy in the region that keeps on giving, where to rest your weary eyes after a day of indulging, and of course, where to get a good cuppa joe.
Suss our list of 6 local bands we think are doing all the right things.
The program will showcase over 300 live music events across the state, hosted by more than 100 venues for two weeks from July 14 to July 30.
British indie-rockers, Alt-J are set to hit up Adelaide's AEC this December in support of the upcoming album, Relaxer.
Ever spent a day doing craft and thought 'I want to do this forever'? Ella Coleman is putting her love for crotchet into action and spreading it with Adelaide and animals in need. She's a really bloody good person.
It's almost time to start shaking your groove thing at Groovin The Moo, so we've hand picked 5 acts for you to go boogie down to on the day!
To celebrate this year's International Women's Day, here are some more local ladies to keep an eye on across the arts scene.