Ten minutes past their allotted stage time there’s restlessness setting in amongst the crowd for this sold-out show, and when they finally make an entrance – the trio expanded to a six-piece with drums, bass and additional guitarist – all decked in baggy jeans, vocalist Tommy O’Dell in Burberry-esque oversized shirt, and of course, the ever-present baseball caps, it’s like a full-on 90s Britpop nostalgia night – except done Oz style. And just as you’d be unlikely to ever get a smile or a great deal of chatty banter in between numbers from the likes of the Gallaghers, neither do you with this Sydney crew.
O’Dell particularly owns a presence somewhere in between punk and indie, with face devoid of emotion throughout the night and uttering little more than a brief thank you here and there. Hell, the weather may be a lot different in London to the summer they’ve just left, but strewth, mate, can’t be that bad here, can it? Not that it probably matters – and indeed, their fans here didn’t seem too fazed by it – when you have a bag of songs at your disposal as these guys do, and make such sweet music when delivering them.
With crowd surfing, punters increasingly being carried aloft on the shoulders of their friends, the two security operatives were kept vigilant, and the tightly crammed and perspiring front rows were no doubt grateful for the cups of water they were handing out as temperatures increased as the set reached its midway point with ‘Melbourne’, its poignant line “I won’t feel no pain” ringing our around the room, as four guitars weight the melodies against O’Dell’s voice and rock out to an end.
If there was anyone in the main room of The Electric Ballroom who didn’t know the words to, and wasn’t singing along in harmony to, ‘Delete’, then they were surely in the minority. As the three members stand on stage powering out the anthemic power ballad’s “Let it all out, just let it all out,” in all its acoustic finery, there was an atmosphere so charged you could practically taste it. With the full band returning for last two songs, there is a final tumultuous wave of cheers and applause for this band of cobbers, who turned in what can only be described as a truly bonzer little gig.