LIVE: Baby Animals with Legs Electric & Palace Of The King – Perth, 17 Feb, 2017
The Charles Hotel, Perth, Western Australia
Reviewed by Metal Billy
Baby Animals hit P Town on their One Word national tour at a sold out Charles Pub and 100% Rock were there to report.
WA’s own hard rockin’ ladies Legs Electric warmed up the packed crowd with two new guitarists Selina and Elana (replacing the recently departed Laura). In only their third or fourth outing with LE the newbies slotted in nicely. Transport issues unfortunately resulted in us only catching the last few songs of their set, but the band looked like they were having a great time and the crowd were appreciative of their original rock tunes.
This was the first time I had seen Palace Of The King play live and they impressed with their Led Zep-meets-Deep Purple-meets-The Cult brand of no frills ‘70s-tinged rock n’ roll. Frontman Tim Henwood’s witty banter during and between songs was amusing (“you’re all so brown over here I might blind you with my pasty white skin”) as they delivered an enjoyable set, with maniacal keyboardist/guitarist Sean bashing his organ (ooh err) with reckless abandon. Worth a look, peeps.
Baby Animals have been regular visitors to our Western shores since Suze DeMarchi returned to Australia, got the band back together in 2007, and released an album of new material with This is Not The End in 2013. The sound mix was spot on as Suze & Co ran through all the crowd favourites Painless, One Word, Early Warning and newer songs like Email from the aforementioned TINTE, which elevate the band from pure nostalgia to being relevant in the present day. Trusty sidekick and original member Dave Leslie cranked out the riffs and was ably supported by the rhythm section of Mick & Dario. Suze has a charismatic stage presence akin to Chrissie Amphlett, and she has the stagecraft to work the capacity crowd. Her voice is as strong as ever and she always seems to enjoy returning to her home town.
This was a strong performance by a band that has well and truly re-established itself back into the Oz Rock scene. Here’s hoping on their next visit they come armed with more new material to further expand their repertoire. And a tip to the punters for future shows – buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
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