words: Holly O’Kelly // photos: Ben Gunzburg @benshootspeople
“..Energies were high from the moment you entered the intimate gig.”
Press Club are the latest punk powerhouses taking over the Aussie music scene. The Melbourne groups debut album ‘Late Teens’ is the perfect example of the bands high energy, passionate and overall powerful music. Their tour has absolutely taken Australia by storm, and their closing show was an AA show unlike any other. Taking place at the iconic Wrangler Studios in Footscray, you always know it’s gonna be a killer gig when you walk in and the first thing you see is one of the most adorable dogs ever. Energies were high from the moment you entered the intimate gig.
Opening up the day were Vista 400, the young band took the stage with confidence, their unique sound and lively performance was definitely one to remember. As the next local opener Repulse Pop began their set and the crowd began to fill out more and more, anticipation was high. The powerful vocals of Repulse Pops front woman filled the room as they summoned the energy of classic rock bands we all know and love, however it was hard to take your eyes from their drummer who jumped up and down, interacting with the crowd, heightening the fiery energy of the crowd and almost stealing the show.
Tour openers Porpoise Spit took the crowd by storm, their lively Australian rock got the whole room moving. Lead singer Elly was unfortunately sick with no voice, but the group didn't let that stop them as guitarist Mill took over for vocals. It was the performance of a lifetime from the band who leaves all they've got out on the stage.
And so came the main event, Press Club. The absolutely captivating rock group had the crowd moving from the moment they hit the first chord. Lead singer Natalie Fosters gritty and one of a kind vocals met with the fast paced guitars and loud, passionate drumming moulded perfectly to the familiar songs the whole crowd had been waiting all day to hear. In an absolute frenzy, one of the most energetic mosh's I've ever been a part of broke out as people shouted along to the the bands best anthems such as Headwreck, My Bodys Changing and of course Suburbia.
An unforgettable show for all those involved further proving that Press Club is only going up from here, and that “All Ages” music in Australia is alive and well.