It was very sad when The Good China announced they were calling it a day after six years together, so Mary and I were determined to make their farewell show last night at the Northcote Social Club. The first band for the evening was Rich Davies and The Little Devils, who played a set of alt-country songs along with a cover of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game." Next up was art rock two piece The Stiffys, who may be my new favorite live act. A hilarious band with positive messages, both members were dressed in matching sailor suits. They played songs about champagne, being groovy boys and (not surprisingly) sex. The highlight of their set was when they got an audience member to ride a board on top of the crowd for "Boogie Boarding."
For the encore they started with a cover of Jen Lekman's "Maple Leaves" and then we were all ready to hand clap during "All Nothing." Cara gave her farewell speech and thank yous before the last song of the night, which was the very appropriately titled "We Knew That We Had To Leave." The band had a group hug before taking their final bows and leaving the stage. It's so depressing when one of your favorite bands calls it quits, but at least we were able to attend this final show. All the best to each of the members of The Good China- you will be missed!