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LIVE: COSMIC PSYCHOS – Perth, 14 April, 2018

| 23 April 2018 | Reply

LIVE: COSMIC PSYCHOS – Perth, 14 April, 2018
With Dennis Commetti and The Southern River Band
The Rosemount Hotel, Perth, Western Australia
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar

The Cosmic Psychos aren’t just Australian punk rock icons, they’re the real deal, and in a time when society is being more and more homogenised, they may be the most Australian band out there.

That’s not to say they’re wilfully offensive – not unless you find laconic Aussie humour and a fondness for beer offensive, that is. Nah, The Cosmic Psychos are just a bloody ripper band who aren’t afraid to be themselves. And as an added bonus for this tour in support of pearler new album Loudmouth Soup, they’re dragged a bunch of young bands out on the road with them.

Their Perth and Freo shows opened with young lads Dennis Commetti. Named after our premier footy commentator, it’ll come as no surprise that this band – decked out in footy shorts and jumpers – play a lot of songs about playing footy with your mates, along with some about having fun with your mates, and a couple about bloody stupid people that you and your mates don’t like. They kind’ve bring to mind a footy-themed early Hard-Ons, in an endearingly naïve way.

“That sounds fuckin’ loose!” exclaims Callum Kramer, a man of many words, often delivered at 100 miles an hour. “We’re The Southern River Band and you can all suck my dick,” may have been going a bit far, having been on stage for a few moments, but he’s an eminently likeable chap, and the Version 2.0 line-up has a lot of fun with oldies, newies and everything-in-betweenies – and that means the crowd have a shitload of fun with them as well as they shred and shimmy and rock and swig from a communal bottle of Jack Daniels. Now with the epic Nathan Sproule (Chainsaw Hookers) on drums, they’re the biggest rock band in the country – the only thing is, no-one knows it but them… FOR NOW.

The Cosmic Psychos are exactly as laid back and brutal as expected, pummelling eardrums with a bass-heavy sound that also thumps you in the sternum and makes you wonder how such a din could come from just three people. The beery fun starts with the entirely appropriate double punch of Pub and Nice Day To Go To The Pub, and pounds through recent new single Feelin’ Average, setting a theme (as singer/bass lord Ross Knight himself observes) for over indulging that the crowd are happy to tag along with.

If You Wanna Get Out Of It (Better Get On With It) and the always-brilliant Fuckwit City (“where the fuck are we, Macca” Knights enquires of guitarist and sometime singer Mad Macka McKeering) prompt enthusiastic crowd participation, while newie Better In The Shed leads into Dead In A Ditch, dedicated “for all our old enemies.”

The band launch into a stack of older tracks at this point, including Better, Not Bitter, Dead Roo and Lost Cause, before a killer encore featuring Rip N’ Dig and Hooray Fuck, as well as a ‘tribute’ to the folly of our favourite hair metal frontman, David Lee Roth, before dropping trousers and showing us their own moons from the stage. Great band, great fun.

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