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Palace Of Fire + SPOD @ Hopetoun Hotel
06/04/2009

Palace Of Fire
Photo by Andrew.

The main lesson I learnt from this show was that there is no middle ground between Wolfmother and Charge Group. The best thing about Palace Of Fire (consisting of Matt Blackman from Charge Group and the former rhythm section of The Wolfiez), however, is that they aren't trying to forcibly find this midpoint. Instead the group's music is built around dumping together the two conflicting styles, side by side, with the melodic offerings of Blackman's signature style aggressively overthrown by Wolfmother's trademark theatrical rock veracity. Most surprisingly of all though - it works.

The evening was opening up by SPOD who, in case you were unaware, is the most entertaining mofo to ever step foot on the tiny stage of the Surry Hills venue. Between dishing out songs from his 2008 album Superfrenz and jamming out some his signature Gameboy solos, he found time to wish his partner Julia a happy birthday with the assistance of a song he wrote that day. As usual, everything was covered in a blanket of uppercase FUN, made even more interesting by the handful of slightly bewildered Wolfmother fans who were fortunate enough to get a giant-sized 'SPOD hug' halfway through the show.

SPOD did more than enough to fill the support role but it was obvious who the fairly large Monday night crowd had turned up to see. The audience, a funny mix of 'will this work' skeptics and die-hard Wolfmother fans, were treated to a full set of songs which sounded a lot more like completed album tracks than work-in-progress demos. There was an overwhelming 'balls out' epic-ness to the majority of the trio's set, supplied mostly by the hand-in-hand drum vs keyboard breakdowns and occasional theatrical guitar solos.

Occasionally, the group's grandeur style was pushed it a little too far and a sense of cheesiness overpowered the actual music. For the most part, however, it worked nicely with the group delivering a controlled sense of stadium rock, wrapped around interestingly arranged songs that contained an actual level of substance to them (from his previous work I credit Blackman for this).

By the sounds of it Palace Of Fire already have enough material to get an album recorded. While there is still a little bit of mystery surrounding the group (no MySpace page?), judging from this fairly impressive performance, it seems like only a matter of time before they start to attract a whole lot more attention.

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Comments

angus12mc

hey man these guys r gonna big IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

kinda like The Audioslaves band how they are from 2 (one + one) bands but have made a newer, better, band?????

y/n???

1 decade ago

Jonny Yes Yes

no ... nobody could be as good as Audioslave.. fuck you man..

1 decade ago

angus12mc

BUT LIKE, U GET WHERE IM CUMING FROM THOUGH, YO/BRO???

y/n???

1 decade ago

Jonny Yes Yes

y

1 decade ago

angus12mc

gd.

chill out yet bro/brother??!!!!!!!?!

glad its sorted.

1 decade ago

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