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Border Thieves @ Spectrum
28/08/2009

At some point during their allocated 40 minute set, sandwiched between a power-pop bunch of Short Stacks and an acoustic emo band, Border Thieves hit the world-famous 'sweet spot' and reminded me exactly why I started thinking they were a special band in the first place. Not special in the sense that they get to park close to the shops or that they get to compete in their own slower version of the Olympics, but more that they are three exceptional musicians.

Three, huh? Well, yes. The band recently trimmed down from being a four-piece to a tight lil' trio. While many would presume/assume this would give them a lighter sound, it's actually caused the complete opposite effect - with the band gaining a whole lot of gusto and (if I am not mistaken) muscle.

The band's slight re-invention of their sound involves them now throwing an initial wall of noise forward, which they then shuffle their unique style of pop sensibility around. Oscar Wuts, formally of several dozen awesome NZ bands, pumps the drums like a Catholic couple on honeymoon night. Only taking short breaks from punishing the skins to execute the random electronic drum loops/filler which the group are now including as an integral part of their set.

The vocal duties are still split between Kat Harley, who also thrashes on the guitar in a confusingly awesome blend of angry and foxy, and Joel 'Ultimate' Werner, who has transferred from guitar to bass in the 'trimming'. Werner's vocals, which made him a household name with former band I [love] Space, is still the guiding force that dictates the pop nature of the band. However, the dueling male/female vocals is one of the band's best assets and works especially well now in the new set-up where both are forced to fight their way to the surface under the thick layer of blissful 90s noise rock.

The band slammed through their set with a fantastic mix of energy and control. Even with the small crowd (in size, not height), who were notably saddened by just witnessing the Undercutzz's last ever 'set', the trio proved once more why they are still one of the most under-appreciated bands to have been spawned from Sydney's musical orifice in recent years. The sooner you see these guys play, the sooner your life will be back on track.

Photos by GemGem.

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donny

you can remember that? heard pipes had to "split". something about an AVO.

1 decade ago

Jonny Yes Yes

can hold me liquor... pipes is a weak kid... must be the gong in him..

1 decade ago

donny

man i am from the gong too. dont' be bad mouthing the steel city on this mainframe or i will "bring you down"

1 decade ago

gemdilem

They were definitely the highlight of the night... and helped to cheer me up after the emotional end of Undercutzz... *cough* I hear there might be a reunion for Nevereverland?

p.s. my housemate is special like for real (minus one leg) and competes in the slow olympics, although I'm pretty sure she'd kick my arse any day... does that make me special special?

p.p.s. nice photos...

1 decade ago

Jonny Yes Yes

fuck .. // photo credit lost/forgotten.. fixed.. apologies

1 decade ago

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