Last Saturday at The Producers Bar we got an earful of bad-ass, desert rock from local duo Filthy Lucre. The gig was a fundraiser to send the boys to European festival Lake On Fire and was also a part-album tour, part-cover gig, with the night ending in a tribute to Kyuss vs. Queens of the Stone Age.
Blues and rock outfit Gun It started the night with their musical display of angst, their set incorporating poetry such as “I wanna stick my fingers in you like a rotten peach” and “I like to write songs about spiders”. The band reminded me of an early day Rage Against the Machine, but with a lead singer that was probably a bit too sloshed for an 8.30pm start. Despite this, the band remained tight and entertaining, particularly after stopping the set for a minute just to check if anyone had a harmonica they could borrow. Let it never be said that local bands don’t keep their audience on their toes.
The boys from Jungle City were a part of that very audience and next in line for the stage. If you’ve seen the band before, you will know that their sound check can involve some pretty incredible leg-stretching techniques from bassist Kaileb Rothwell, and it became clear after the first song that the stretches were necessary for the energetic, Rock’n Roll Charleston we became witness to. Jungle City’s groove rock and bone vibrating-riffs had the crowd really starting to pay attention, and heads were soon banging like Wayne and Garth. The hard-hitting beat of new single All I Need was a particular highlight, which made it hard for me to not throw away my inhibitions and raise that \m/ hand higher.
Then, of course, Filthy Lucre only came on and blew my f**king brains out. The set kicked off with the titular single from debut album Mara and literally knocked over the half-empty glass next to me with nothing but a cigar-box guitar and drums. Guitarist Luke Marsh stunned the crowd with groovy guitar riffs, grinding and plucking away to create a wall of sound. The influence of Mara producer Sylvia Massey (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tool, System of a Down, Prince) could be heard with the band’s infusion of a variety of genres, while still maintaining their trademark Blues Rock. Stand out tunes included Hand Made Pt 2, and the aggressively sexy riffs of Devil Man.
The chemistry between both Luke and drummer Ed Noble was glaringly obvious as I watched the drums trying mischievously to catch the guitar by surprise, and use the suspense to slowly build. Finally, after dueling for maybe two whole minutes, Ed rose like a phoenix on top of the his kit, leapt into the air like he was in a Toyota ad and plummeted back down perfectly in time for the monster beats that they continued to produce. After a quick 5-minute break, the band then came back on stage for their second set, in which they covered tracks from both Kyuss and sister-band Queens of the Stone Age. The infectious energy kept coming in waves of desert rock, and the crowd returned the favor by singing and thrashing along to classics such as No One Knows and Gardenia. The gig left me feeling firstly confused at how only two people generated such a badass sound, and excited at the prospect of these guys representing what Adelaide has to offer.
Header image via Filthy Lucre