The Fearless Vampire Killers, 16th September 2011 @ Warehouse Party

on 19 September 2011 in Gig Reviews


The Fearless Vampire Killers

Friday 16th September saw The Fearless Vampire Killers host a ‘secret warehouse party’ for the video launch of their current single ‘Tell Me What Your Trying To Say’.

Turning out to be a not-so-secret party with the release  of the location announced on Facebook three days prior to the event, tucked away in the industrial part of Abbotsford, the venue was reminiscent of your typical Melbourne mid 20′s, film/music studenty type warehouse.

The party vibes were well on their way with the opening act, The Staffords setting the tone for the evening.

With a short but sharp set and apparently their second gig ever, The Staffords danceable tunes mixed in with some of their more mellow songs swooned the crowd with their charm, good looks and musical prowess. An up and coming band with a lot to offer, watch this space.

Retro vinyls were to be heard from the platformed kitchen between sets from the likes of Little Red, Dirt Farmer, and The Kremlin Succession DJs just to name a few. Tessa & The Typecast DJs  played some classic 90′s favourites just to spice things up and aggravate the cool kids.

The Messengers followed suit, everyone’s favourite rhythm and blues rock band (in the traditional sense), lead by the ever so handsome Dima Kran and musical chameleon Brendan West. Although they play a fairly familiar brand of good time party rock in the vein of The Faces and early Rolling Stones, they effortlessly achieve a riot on the dance floor.

Patiently waiting for the headline act to begin The Fearless Vampire Killers gave us a taste of what’s to come with the exclusive preview of their brand new video ‘Tell Me What You’re Trying To Say’. The warehouse was a suitable venue to launch the video, with punters eagerly crammed around the projector. The low budget video with unknown director was great for what is was, the dance moves were a nice touch.

Serving up their psychedelic rock, The Fearless Vampire Killer’s lead vocalist Sean Ainsworth was able to smash down the barrier between band and punter with his engaging presence. The harmonies were there but hard to hear over the noisy crowd and brash drums, mainly due to the dodgy PA and concrete band room rather than their actual performance. Known for their exclusive house party gigs, the attendance was overwhelming.  It’s only to be expected that the quaint, pint sized band room could barely holding more than forty punters at one time.

However, it didn’t stop people from having a good ol’ dance and spilling out onto the streets.

With another notch in their house party belt, The Fearless Vampire Killers managed to impress again. With no cops, one power spew (you know who you are), minimal tears and only a few broken bottles, all in all everyone had an amazing night.

-Jade Ogden


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