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The Mess Hall + Violent Soho + Talons @ Annandale Hotel
29/08/2008

I am not sure when The Mess Hall installed The Wanker Magnet into the large robotic hard-rocking machine that powers their fantastic, unique brand of rock BUT it certainly is working well.

Their show on Friday night (which appeared to be a sellout) contained more dickheads and/or "people who don't know how to act in public" EVER assembled in a single place at any one time. In fact, the sheer number of socially retarded humans in attendance was enough to create some sort of super duper worm hole (Sliders?) to a dimension where it's fine for peeps to push forward and block someone's view just so they can make out with their girlfriend and/or cheap(ish) hooker.

Ok, I am whining right? I guess it is kinda stupid of me to think I can venture 'outdoors', attend a show at a bar and NOT be continually barraged by people who are all trying to 'enjoy' the night more than everyone else in some sort of strange drunk battle royale.

I know what you are thinking - "you are old" and "you have forgotten how to have fun" and "what's going on with your hair?" and "surely, there were only a handful of people who ruined your experience". Well, if there were only a couple of fuckwits 'music lovers' at the show then they were continually following me around for a large portion of the night and at any moment where I relaxed and/or starting to enjoy the show they quickly stepped in and crushed my happiness with a slobbering bump or a well-aimed spillage of beer.

The complete insanity of the whole thing peaked when a friend of mine who was politely enjoying the show (we were towards the back of the main room) was harassed by a girl (drunk beyond belief) who thought it would be a great idea to start pulling on the hood of his jumper. Sure, that was bad (and strange) enough BUT then she stepped it up a level and became incredibly hostile/explosive/offended when my friend politely asked requested that she stop doing this. She then moved to PHASE TWO of her 'plan' and proceeded to 'drunk grind' his back and make faces at him while her boyfriend tried relentlessly to get her to act like a normal person. It created an awkward and tense feeling - distracting all those around us from the band's performance.

This girl was hardly in the minority though and The Mess Hall's performance seemed to be railroaded by the fact the crowd were far more interested in 'get their drink on' than seeing them perform with the duo receiving only luke warm responses to the majority of the songs performed.

The support bands didn't get too much of a reaction or love from the large crowd either. Talons - who had their set mysteriously cut short by FOUR songs - unleashed a whole load of new songs and both them and Brisbane's Violent Soho (who have synchronised head-banging down to a fine art) played incredibly entertaining sets yet were only met with polite acknowledgement.

Out of everyone on the night I think I felt most sorry for The Mess Hall though. The show would have landed them a fairly large pay cheque (tickets were around $20 and as mentioned it was fairly packed out) but it's highly likely that many folks had a similar negative experience as myself and will forever associate the group with the type of people they now seem to attract. As enjoyable as they are as a live act, my experience last Friday night was so bad that I doubt I will ever make an effort to go and see them again.

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tomosushi

Oh how much time did you have to spend looking at the light fixtures & decorative features of The Ann ceiling that night!


PS
You should have never left...it only got better...

1 decade ago

Jonny Yes Yes

i went home cause i was tired
cause i am old
and grumpy
and i wanted to write a letter to the council about the loud noise of the garbage trucks etc

1 decade ago

kidalias

Posted By: tomosushiYou should have never left...it only got better...

Posted By: PolaroidsOfAndroidsWell, if there were only a couple of fuckwits 'music lovers' at the show then they were continually following me around for a large portion of the night


Coincidence?

1 decade ago

bella

it's the annandale that is a wanker magnet, not the mess hall. I'm never able to escape the beer swilling dickheads there...

I went on the thursday night, did anyone else? that encore! holy shit. awesome.

1 decade ago

Jonny Yes Yes

what songs did they do for the encore bella?

1 decade ago

bella

it was a bunch of songs from older albums but WITHOUT ANY BREAKS between them, just all played continuously without stopping. pretty sure they did pills, shake shake, disco 1... the upbeat, 'rockier' songs. it was great, made the two seconds where the band pretends to leave before the encore worthwhile.

1 decade ago

monachilada

disco 2 > disco 1

1 decade ago

bella

but disco 2000 > disco 2

1 decade ago

Jonny Yes Yes

did they play 'lock and load'..?
i was kinda waiting for that song on the friday night ...
not sure if i missed it while i was hiding out in the main bar avoiding drunk beeyatches

1 decade ago

Sean

so this was worse than the last time the band played the annandale? cuz that was bad enough.

i don't think i saw them once on the entire tour for the last record...i suck.

1 decade ago

Jonny Yes Yes

yes last time was bad
this time was about 1000 times worse
the only thing that saved the show was the solid conversation i had with someone about my pacman skills when i was 'avoiding people'

1 decade ago

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