PUNKASILA / GRAVITY / HISTRIONICS
It was a cheeky Wednesday night down at Melbourne’s Tote Hotel and Indonesian art punkers Punkasila were leaving for home the next day. Fresh from performing ‘The Lepidopters: A Space Opera’ in collaboration with Melbourne’s Slave Pianos, Indonesian singer/dancer Rachel Saraswati, the 40-member Astra Choir and virtuoso pianist Michael Kieran Harvey, there was a sense of celebration in the air.
Opening the night were The Histrionics, Danius Kesminas’ first foray into the melding of rock and art. Cruising at ‘80s miles an hour (see what I did there?) the songs of Dire Straits, Devo and Black Sabbath twisted with some lyrical renovations, kept the toe tapping. It’s hip to draw squares.
Next up was GRAVITY. This father/daughter duo has featured in many a CCAS blog and my family is still awesome. Maxine’s new song ’I Can Fight’ drew punters up the front and one rascal onstage. It’s a feminist anthem written by a nine year old: I’m a black belt in Karate/And you’re just a little old man! Bloody good band!!
Punkasila, resplendent in silver leather, tore up the fricken floorboards with their two-minute songs of fury. Rudy Atjeh grimaced over his double-necked guitar while a lightshow built into the body of the thing partied. This powerful crew knows their shiatsu and played more encores than Sir Elton. Looking forward to seeing them again real soon. Nat Thomas