We featured Greta Mob’s The Petite Bourgeois Blues as Song of the Day last month, and had them as part of our Getting Cozy With… segment. Today I bring to you a review of their single launch for The Petite Bourgeois Blues that was held in Sydney on Friday night. The night opened with Izzy and Jack from The Preatures doing a DJ set, and as I walked in, a young lad asked who I was there for. When I announced Greta Mob, he excitedly told me to check out Psychlops Eyepatch.
Psychlops Eyepatch proves to be a slight tongue twister in name, given the slight assonance (the spelling is another matter), but certainly a riff twister by sound. The band is heavy and hard and is the kind of band you might move a little awkwardly to, while you wait for the lyrics to pummel in and get a feel of their kind of music. The band was full of energy and really grilled up the setting for the night. However, I have to criticise their use of lighting, which was technically seizure-inducing and gave me a headache. Pro-tip: Don’t just change your lights to every drumbeat. Speaking from a photographer’s point of view, it is duly difficult to take photographs when the lights are constantly flashing different colours much faster than your camera’s maximum shutter speed (exaggeration). Needless to say, while they did vary the colour of lighting, I found it far from friendly and I spent the latter half of their set with my eyes shut. (Thanks FBi for having really comfy seats at your venue for me to take refuge in.)
I did, however, appreciate the wild sound that Psychlops Eyepatch put together, which paved the way for the next support act, The Jones Rivals (who were kinder with their lighting, thank you). They had a more garage sound in comparison, and had a number of songs which more people should have gotten jiggy to. Their twangy guitar and harshness of the lead singer’s voice gives their music some edge. One thing that did disappoint me was the fact that their best riffs didn’t seem to last quite long enough. For the last song of their set, The Jones Rival invited some members of the audience to join them on stage and dance, at which point a group of young girls accepted the offer and gave it their all.
By now the audience had grown to include people both young and old, eager to hear Greta Mob. The band opened up with a heavy, gradually powerful instrumental introduction. Their sound was fresh with a murky tonal quality, their first few songs strong, setting the mood for the rest of their set. While the show was for the release of their single The Petite Bourgeois Blues, it was their opening songs and final few songs that honed in on the group’s musical style. Singer/songwriter Rhyece O’Neill sang expressively — his vocal cords were more than just up to scratch. They defined the music, supporting their badass riffs and punching power. Greta Mob is a band that is quite proud of their journey so far, which remains a unique anecdote and one highlighted by perseverance and dedication (the band has done everything independently to date, including a pretty trippy $0 budget film clip for The Petite Bourgeois Blues).
Rhyece showed a lot of personality throughout the performance, the remaining members seeming to take a background position but their technical performance quite distinctly “spot-on”. There was little improvisation if any, quite little expression oozing from the other members. But it was hard to notice. Rhyece proved himself a strong frontman on the stage, adding that growl to the music, without stealing the show.
Halfway during the set, there was a bit of a laugh with the band thanking a certain “Psychlone Eyepatch”. Another notable observation was the way in which people moved to the music. I spotted a couple slow-dancing to the music — hey, it worked — and others quite simply nodding their heads, with the occasional shoulder shake.
Greta Mob’s sound is refreshing. Their music is quite bluesy, and a little psychedelic, but varies from song to song, indicating various influences from the classic rock era. What the band proved in their live performance is that they are confident and proud and deserve to be.