On Saturday, The Governor Hindmarsh was graced with one of Australia’s most iconic alternative rock bands, Spiderbait. Celebrating their 25th Anniversary, Spiderbait played to a sold out crowd, with their second Adelaide tour date set for the 3rd of March. The band returned to The Gov after their 2014 sold out tour, following the release of their 2013 album, Spiderbait, which was their first studio album in ten years. Joining one of Australia’s most renowned live acts was Triple J’s 2015 J Award winner for Unearthed Artist of the Year, Tired Lion.
Opening the night, Tired Lion took The Gov into a time machine and delivered a set that was filled with 90s grunge. The Perth four-piece brought cruisy, minimalistic verses and vocalist, Sophie Hopes’ absolutely belting out, surging expressive choruses. The band gave Adelaide a lot of love, saying how much they love Adelaide band, Bad//Dreemz, red tinnies, the cooler weather (as Perth were experience a heatwave) and wearing merchandise from local punk-rock group, Horror My Friend. Tired Lion smashed through tracks off their 2015 EP, Figurine, with the group introducing The Gov to their popular tracks, Pretend and Suck. A highlight of their set was their Triple J Like A Version, along with a unique cover of Violent Soho’s Saramona Says; the crowd loving the sneaky verse thrown in from The Smashing Pumpkins’ 1975. Tired Lion also revealed they would be back quite soon to give Adelaide some more of their recommended dose of grunge-pop. The group dedicated their last track to anyone who hates Valentine’s Day, as they closed off with their huge, unapologetic track, I Don’t Think You Like Me.
Right before Spiderbait came on, a short video was projected onto the white wall at the back of the stage. The short clip featured visuals of cityscapes and playgrounds, similar to that of an artistic home movie, whilst one of their softer, more atmospheric tracks played in the background. As soon as the group came on, the entire audience screamed. Singer-drummer Kram, performed an intense drum solo paired with flashing strobe lights. Kram then went on to thank everyone for coming to their 25th Anniversary tour, declaring that the tour was about ‘love and getting fucked up.’ A young girl was invited onto the stage to say a few things and then later on an older gentlemen was brought onto the stage, just to show how much they loved the diversity of their fans. The group then dived into their infectious fuzzy set, with Kram really pulling the group’s energetic live stage presence.
They played their track, Fucken Ace, off their 1993 debut album, sharing that the last time they played the track was twenty years ago at the Port Noarlunga Hotel. The group closed with their most famous tracks, Calypso and Black Betty, which once again showed off the amazing drumming and vocal talents from Kram and the gorgeous vocals from Janet English.
Spiderbait surely showed that they still had it, delivering a smashing set filled with some of their biggest hits, new songs and some tracks they hadn’t played in decades. It was the perfect performance for any die hard Spiderbait fan that wanted to relive the band’s early days.
Spiderbait will be returning to The Gov on March 3rd for their second Adelaide show.
Header image via Kate Sansome