John Curtin Hotel to see The Ocean Party launch their latest single "Young Love." First up for the evening was Slow Dancer, who played a great set. Simon was once again accompanied by Rohan Sforcina on drums and James Harding on bass. "Leave It To Me" and "Home" were my highlights and it was nice to see Simon's Oh Mercy bandmates out to support him.
The second band on the bill was Melbourne three piece ScotDrakula. They played a very energetic set of punk/indie sounding songs with a hint of rockabilly as well. I really liked them and it was good to see a female drummer in the band. Next was The Eliza Band, a side project of Rory Cooke, the lead singer of Gaslight Radio. They played songs from their debut album Firework Dogs, of which "The Preston Front" was a stand out, and finished their set with a Gaslight Radio song.
Surprisingly there was just a small crowd in the bandroom by the time The Ocean Party took the stage. Nevertheless they played a solid set of songs from their various releases, including "The Dogs," "Deadbeat," "Shaking Like A Leaf" and their new single "Young Love." After the show Mary and I scored their entire back catalog for $10, which was an amazing offer. Their debut album The Sun Rolled Off The Hills will be released in February.
Here's the video for "The Dogs"