LIVE REVIEW: THE SNOWDROPPERS – THE STANDARD, SYDNEY [22/03/13]

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Reviewed by Emma Dean

It’s hard to believe that it’s been three years since I first saw The Snowdroppers at a country RSL back in my uni days. Braced and banjoed to the nines, they were a pleasant shock to the system and completely opened my eyes to a whole new genre of live music. Now countless gigs later the band are finally releasing the follow-up to their debut album ‘Too Late To Pray’ with the heavier sophomore effort ‘Moving Out Of Eden’.

As The Standard began to fill up we were treated to the enigmatic musical stylings of The Pieter Van Den Hoogen Band. The only way to describe these guys can be summed up in a single word: fabulous! Channelling Frank Zappa and David Lee Roth singer Kyle strutted the stage and danced amongst the crowd like a man possessed, hooking all who watched into a web of insanity. Catchy, infectious and entertaining, I will definitely be going to see these alternative rockers again.

Seven piece Sydney punk-string band Little Bastard were up next to keep the crowd entertained. Adding the mandolin, banjo and violin to a traditional punk line up is an inspired twist that cranked out track after track of catchy and fun-filled country punk. And to seal the deal they threw in a cover of The Beatles classic ‘The Night Before’ – and anyone who can pull off a decent Beatles cover has my instant respect.

But the night was for The Snowdroppers and there was barely room to move on the floor as Johnny Wishbone, Pauly K, Cougar Jones and London took to the stage and broke into ‘Baby No More’. The band were in their finest form, frontman Johnny Wishbone camp as fuck as he danced up and down the stage to the catchy ‘Rosemary’. Breaking into the bass heavy ‘Excavating’, opening track from ‘Moving Out of Eden’, they kept the new hits coming with the simple ‘Just a Man’, ‘So Much Better’ and ‘Another Lover’. The new tracks show their movement into a more defined rock genre – good old Aussie rock n roll that is refreshingly honest and gets you out of your seat and dancing your ass off.

Old favourite ‘Fucked Up Blues’ was up next, followed by a rollicking cover of 70’s rockers Dragon’s ‘Still In Love’.  Title track ‘Moving Out Of Eden’ got the crowd singing along to the soulful break up ballad. ‘White Dress’ was next – the catchy and signature ditty with an R-rated music video to match. Keeping up with their catch phrase ‘Shit Fucking Yeah!’, ‘Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms’ and ‘Do The Stomp’ kept the crowd moving and screaming along.

The boys finished up the night with new track ‘Plaster On A Smile’ and another cover – this time of Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ twisted with Thin Lizzy’s ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’ which I think summed the night up perfectly. The Snowdroppers are back, ladies and gentlemen, and they’re better than ever.

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