Regurgitator, Party Dozen, Thunder Speaks @ The Gov, Adelaide 26/11/2022

Saturday night at The Gov, where else would you want to be? Regurgitator brought their Drivetime tour to Adelaide with the Party Dozen and Thunder Speaks.

Regurgitator have an uncanny knack of picking interesting support acts that you wouldn’t ordinarily go and see. Adelaide electronic rock act Thunder Speaks have some great tunes including current single Hawkmoth. Definitely worth checking out around town. Similarly, there was something about two-piece noise band Party Dozen from Sydney made up of Kirsty Tickle (saxophone) and Jonathan Boulet (percussion and sampler). Really impossible to label and put in a box their improvised style made their set all the more unique playing songs off their new album The Real Work.

Regurgitator was only here a few months ago for Spring Loaded so it was great to see a longer set this time round. Each tour it is about the outfits and when I say they really do commit, they really do! Bursting out on to the stage in their bright yellow tracksuits with a black stripe Quan said it was lovely to see everyone then wasting no time ripping through Blood and Spunk.

Keeping that good time vibe going which as Ben Ely explained later would become the share house vibe it was I Will Lick Your Arsehole then Bongzilla. Ely spoke of the 1991 share house vibe where there were no mobile phones, two minute noodles ready and ten VB cans in the fridge before playing I Sucked A Lot Of Cock to Get Where I Am and Social Disaster which I don’t recall being in the set list for a while. Even Quan remarked that the “slap bass really takes me back.”

Ely encouraged the crowd to go harder and faster after wheeling out popular tunes I Wanna Be A Nudist, Polyester Girl and I Like Your Old Stuff Better Than Your New Stuff. Quan introduced G7 Dick Electro Boogie as an old song given a new spin as remix is a dirty word. Psychic Dirt from Love and Paranoia was an interesting one fitting in the set well. Ely brought back the share house vibe and suggested to stop listening to Metallica and swap to Helmet and The Beastie Boys setting the scene for Track One.

Everyday Formula was stellar and how good was Pop Porn off Tu-Plang? Go good! The crowd were loving it and Modern Life and set staple Blubber Boy went down a treat. It wouldn’t be a show without hearing Fat Cop resulting in Quan breaking a nail. It was great hearing songs rarely played such as No Point from HEADROXX. Finishing their set on the popular Black Bugs the band was off for a costume change.

Returning in black leathers kind of worked for opening encore tune World Of Sleaze if you think about it. I’m pretty sure the band could have kept going for a lot longer as it seemed as if they were only really getting going as they were up and about. Bong In My Eye was gold and Ely said it was cookie time asking the bar staff if they had any milk before playing their iconic tune Kung Fu Sing. Set close ! (The Song Formerly Known As) was a great way to finish off a fun night out.

Live Review By Rob Lyon

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