Gig Review: Baby Animals with special guests The Lazys

In 2000, Matthew and Daniel Rule purchased the iconic venue to pursue their dream of owning one of Sydney’s true rock venues. 12 years on, The Annandale Hotel has played host to many bands, from The Superjesus, Front End Loader, and John Butler Trio, to new bands looking for a place to start.

On Thursday night I was lucky enough to see 90s rockers Baby Animals hit the stage to kick off the Annandale’s 12th birthday weekend. (I also had the pleasure of interviewing Baby Animals lead singer Suze DeMarchi for Kill Your Scene a while back. You can check it out here, or click the link at the bottom of the page.)

The night started at around 8:30pm with Terrigal boys The Lazys playing to an already full house. These guys really know how to get a crowd amped up, and had the venue positively shaking with songs from both of their albums. Their set list included “Hey Mr Mr”, and one side of their debut single “Union Of The Underdogs”. The Lazys even managed to throw a hefty drumming duet into the mix, with frontman Leon Harrison pulling out a second smaller kit and leading drummer Jay Braslin into one hell of an interlude. The Lazys played to an extremely receptive and enthusiastic crowd, and by the time Baby Animals arrived on stage, the audience were truly ready for them.

Not ones for small talk, Baby Animals got straight into their set. “One Word” was the first hit of the evening, with the crowd singing along to almost EVERY word. Whatever energy the crowd hadn’t used up during The Lazys’ set was definitely reserved for Baby Animals, with fans cheering the second that band got on stage.

Fans of all types spanned the audience. From older fans who had been following the Aussie rock band’s career from the early 1990’s, to new and younger fans who didn’t seem to know many lyrics, but enjoyed the show all the same.

The band was in fine form, with Suze DeMarchi’s vocals sounding as powerful as ever. It was hard to tell that Baby Animals had taken any time off over the past two decades, with the rock veterans pumping out songs including “Early Warning”, “Hot Air Balloon”, “Warm Body”, and “Break My Heart” with the same energy they had when they formed in the late 80’s.

DeMarchi’s deep, sexy, and sultry vocals put many in a trance, with the band keeping in step all the way. While they didn’t do much in the way of small talk, they were down to earth as always, having a few laughs and shaking hands with the audience throughout the set.

The final encore was a mix of hits, with “Rush You” and “Ain’t Gonna Get” being the perfect end to an amazing set. The show will definitely have fans lining up for their next album, which the band is set to start recording next month. It just goes to show that while Baby Animals may be music industry “veterans”, they’ll give any new band a run for their money.

To read more about Baby Animals, check out my interview with Suze DeMarchi on Kill Your Scene.

To read more about The Annandale Hotel, or Buy A Brick, click here.

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~ by lechatnoirmon on July 14, 2012.

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