As far as Adelaide Record Labels go, none are doing more of the hard yards at the moment than Swirl Records. The tireless group of Hamish Gibson-Smith, Gerry Bain and Tom Matheson are all about uncovering and supporting original bands for your auditory pleasure. After recently signing Burnside Mums and releasing Somnium's debut album, over the weekend they put on arguably the most interesting and refreshing show in Adelaide for ages.
Set in a Gunson Street Outdoor Carpark, Swirl Records had its very own Punk Festival with interstaters Dumb Punts and Hideous Sun Demon on the bill, along with local giants Horror My Friend. A part of the Umbrella Winter City Sounds Festival, the night also featured was Little Dust, Siamese, Goon Wizzard and little known up and comers Hot Mess. This lineup perfectly encapsulated many styles of punk music, yet was similar enough that each audience member could appreciate and enjoy each band. From the emo Hot Mess, to the huge sound produced by Hideous Sun Demon the smorgasbord was enjoyed by all.
As for the sets, none were anything short of brilliant. While Hot Mess have only been around for a short time, every punter and band member in the audience were singing of their praise for the rest of the night, following their set. Goon Wizzard delivered a blast of punk, Little Dust a beautiful shoegazey dream and Siamese, who we've raved about before, hit the crowd with their brutish grunge energy. Next up Hideous Sun Demon's frenetic, skilful yet vaguely psychedelic rock was huge. The pace and vocals of the set were brilliant. Headliners Dumb Punts and Horror My Friend did not disappoint. Horror My Friend debuted a couple of new tracks too, which were very exciting - one of them introduced as being 'in dropped D' particularly.
All in all, despite being held on a cold wintery night, Monkey house was nonetheless a resounding success. We'd love to see the swirl boys use this space again, it couldn't have been a better setting for a punk festival.
All Images by Jason Katsaras