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Despite being an incredibly confined space, Good God’s musical cavern can usually be found ebbing with vitality through its jittering patrons. Yet as timing would have it, 8:00PM on a Saturday sees last minute Noire-replacement Matrick Jones hit the stage, but the room is practically empty.
A shame really; considering that these four deliver satisfactory, simple chorus structures from a wealth of musical foundations including bluesy jive vibes and fast paced indie rock. Plus the lead singers shiny, green and black Addidas jacket is a slick wardrobe addition.
Cue middle band Black Zeros and the crowd have been multiplied by at least 4 and we now have a lone wolf taking over the d-floor. He swings his arms like a man possessed until a challenger appears and they form a frantic, frolicking dance duo.
As lead singer Joe Jackson takes great amusement from this spectacle before her, the low breathy rasp of this high ponytail wearing, denim-toting front woman is winning over the entire room. Their songs may be short, but these punchy rock-punk gems contain enough swagger and attitude that you seriously begin to question their age.
But what you don’t question tonight is the way in which Brisbane five-piece Moses Gunn Collective holds their fans in the palm of their hand. Having assured the crowd, which has now been multiplied by at least 10, that they are “not gonna talk s**t… We’re just going to go real hard,” they launch into Midnight Parlour, before cascading almost immediately into catchy gem Hole In The Wall much to the delight of their spectators.
Set highlight can be found in the ‘oldie but a goodie’ Ghost Ship, a belter of a track with it’s tempo-changing madness inducing slow grooves one moment and frantic bouncing the next. They take us through more of their debut LP Mercy Mountain; the spritely guitars and pacey chorus of Hot Mess, the plodding blues-tinged sway of the albums title-track, new single Desdamona with it’s soaring vocal harmonies and slow-burner Shalala with it’s child-like vocals and building guitar strums.
Before you know it, we’ve screeched to a halt, 10:30pm on the dot. For a band whose music purveys the feeling of a convoluted barrage of sounds, Moses Gunn Collective’s demeanour is incredibly subdued; banter was minimal though littered with the odd laughable anecdote. No matter, their music spoke volumes.
‘Mercy Mountain’ is out now, Via Create/Control. Moses Gunn Collective wrap up the tour this weekend in QLD, dates below
Listen: Moses Gunn Collective – Hot Mess