The Basics play a benefit show for The Song Room at Carters Public House in Northcote. The Song Room is a not-for-profit organisation that delivers tailored, high quality music and arts programs to disadvantaged schools across Australia. The boys played a gig earlier in the evening at Melbourne Airport for AirPlay! so I felt a bit sorry for them as they had to lug in all their gear and set it up as the crowd built around them in the tiny venue.
By the time they started their set with "Three Cool Cats" the place was completely packed out, with an overflow crowd of people who couldn't get in out on the sidewalk listening. The hour and a half set was about half Basics songs and half covers. We got to hear new songs "The Lucky Country" and "To Think Of You" as well as old favorites "Hey There!," "Just Hold On," "My Baby," "She's Gonna B. Late" and "Second Best." Tim was on fire with "Have Love, Will Travel" and "Hey Rain." Kris gave a little speech about his learnings over the past few weeks with the
Basics Rock'n'Roll Party (BRRP). He said, half joking, "If you're ever thinking about it,
don't get into politics." The BRRP has both Kris and Tim running for
the Northern Metropolitan Region Upper House seat, and candidate Jamie McCarney for the Northcote seat in the Lower House.
What really made the evening special, besides getting to see The Basics in such an intimate venue, was the array of covers they played. We got to hear Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Long As I Can See The Light" and "Proud Mary," along with Neil Young's "Old Man" and George Harrison's "Got My Mind Set On You." However, it was the end of the set that really showed off their musicianship and years of playing together as they tore through AC/DC's "Jailbreak" (dedicated to Phil Rudd), Cream's "Sunshine Of Your Love" (with a bit of JJ Cale's "Cocaine" in the middle), The Beatles' "Get Back" and Cream's "Crossroads," which finished off the night. It was such a great gig and I was really happy to get to see them play again as I will be overseas when they are on tour in December and January.
Here's the video for the new single "The Lucky Country" (you can buy the EP here):