The Clouds, Already Gone @ The Gov, Adelaide 16/12/2022

With the 2022 gig calendar starting to wind down heading in to the end of year break what a way to top off the year seeing The Clouds celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of Penny Century at The Gov. It goes without question that The Clouds were one of the brightest shining lights in the nineties and their indie-pop classic debut Penny Century still stacks up with the best of them and that album is just as relevant today as it was back in 1991 when it was released.

Already Gone are a great Adelaide band who are definitely on the rise playing a number of big support slots in recent months. They have some killer tunes in the kit bag playing the likes of End, Found Within, Chain and set closer Elephant. Looking forward to what 2023 will bring for Already Gone.

Whilst there might not have been any surprises with the main set playing Penny Century in full at least there was an interesting twist. The album was played in reverse order with Jodi Phillis saying it was good to be back and let’s see what happens. Kicking off with Wednesday Night Trish Young said that “you guys are lovely already” in response to the enthusiastic response from the crowd. If it wasn’t sold out it would have been extremely close. Fantastic Tear and Anthem followed by Trish asking if anyone knew John Martin, which must have been one of these long running stories that comes up at their Adelaide shows.

There was a bit of a false start on Foxes Wedding with guitarist Dave Easton misreading the set list with the one left behind from the support band forgetting what song he was meant to be playing with Trish asking “do we know what we are doing?” jokingly. The false start continued with Jodi suggesting someone moved the dots on her fret board. Powering through Little Death and Maybe Jodi did say that was fun. Playing the album in reverse order did show the strength of this album which is simply indie-pop perfection.

Show Me, Visionary, Too Cool were fantastic as was Souleater with Trish recalling a story about the video clip and bad dancing and the space gun sound effect with Jodi saying I don’t remember that story. Interestingly, Trish explained that the three little pigs were referenced in Fear The Moon. Highlights Immorta and Hieronymus brought the Penny Century experience to an end. Returning for an encore of hits starting with Ghost Of Love Returned, the blue lighting effect was awesome, then Say It, Bower Of Bliss, Sweetest Thing, House Of The Sun (The Girls From The Clouds) bringing it home with Red Serenade. Cloud Factory was on the set list but was not played. Nevertheless, this was a fantastic show and they did leave the door ajar for a return visit sometime soon.

Live Review By Rob Lyon

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