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Batrider + Yes Nukes! + Talons @ Spectrum
29/02/2008

Batrider

Our lurve and/or lust for Batrider is nothing that we have ever hidden in the confines of this web alleyway. We thought their debut album was a brilliant mix of every element that made them exciting the first time we saw them and from a live performance perspective they have rarely ever put a foot wrong. In recent times it is obvious, although their sound has stayed as relentless as ever, their method of attack has somewhat shifted. Their relocation to Europia is the kind of career move that makes or breaks bands but the foursome seem have taken the plunge into the wider, deeper and more dangerous waters with a great sense of determination and with the clear intention of carving out a career doing what we think they are soooo damn good at.

On Friday night, much like the majority of their most recent performances on 'home' soil, saw them once again serve up an endless stream of new content. They seem set on moving forward at a blistering speed and, although from a personal point of view I was more in the mood for a bunch of 'familar' songs, it's hard to knock that kind of approach.

Plagued by a series of technical set backs the band ploughed through their set and, even though their performance didn't orgasm my senses like on previous occasions, it was delivered with the usual perfect balance of emotion and brute force. There was zero fake buildup for the grande finale 'radio song' and very little self congratulatory bullshit. It was just the kind of relentless, determined music that we expected when we walked through the doors and that we continually lust for at every show we attend.

The band is now off to RADelaide to record a new album, working in the same environment in which they recorded the Pink Guitars Yellow Stars acoustic EP. After this they will heading back to Europeland to play even more shows and - more than likely - tear some folks a new one.

The rest of the evening consisted of a lovely array of noisy Sydney music. Talons opened up (technically Say Cheese And Die! did but we missed them) with the standard fury of swinging punches that we have come to expect and demand. Yes Nukes took the middle spot and were the surprise highlight of the night. Their sound has definitely tightened since the last time we saw them play and their slightly more serious approach to their music has really paid off. Hopefully, they stick to this path because they can surely deliver some blisteringly powerful tunes when they have their shit together.

Talons.

Talons

Talons

Yes Nukes!

Yes Nukes!

Yes Nukes!

Batrider.

Batrider

Batrider

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