|KIRIN J. CALLINAN|
Proceedings got off to strong start with Alex Cameron’s support show. The sometimes Seekae vocalist has honed his solo skills to a fine art. Accompanied by saxophonist Roy Molloy and a lush backing track, Cameron executed tracks from ‘Jumping The Shark’ with sermon-like grandeur. His tall, slender form crouching with arms extended as he crooned into what looked like a golden microphone. This guy was making some moves.
Ladder and his band emerged soon afterwards to open with ‘Come On Back This Way’. Resplendent in a white suit, Kirin Callinan’s blistering guitar flourishes turned heads early as the rest of the band chugged along the loping synth line. It’s a six-minute surrealist epic, Ladder’s dark lyricism and sonorous vocals commanding the room while his band work the audience in a fluid dance that would ebb and flow throughout the 90-minute set.
The diversity of the band’s latest record ensured that Howler was rocked, swooned, seduced and elated. ‘Her Hands’ went straight for hips and a furious rendition of ‘Reputation Amputation’ with Callinan’s shrieking axe work went right for the rest of us. A surprise outing of the ‘Hurtsville’ B-side, ‘3 Stomaches/No Weekend’ was a real treat. Finishing up with ‘Cold Feet’ and the seething ‘Baber’s Son’, these boys always know exactly what the doctor’s ordered.
Catch The Dreamlanders in Brisbane and Sydney next week. Don’t miss this one.