The Spazzys - back on home soil

After an Australian band heads overseas, whether it's for a few months or a few weeks, they come back refreshed: an over played set sounds brand new; and a band plays with the vigour they had at their first gig.


It happened with The Grates after their first whirlwind world tour this year, and I was really hoping the same would come of the Spazzys.


After rocking the roof off the legendary CBGBs and converting fans the world over, I had hoped they'd come back renewed and ready to rock again.


But as Lucy Spazzy warned me before the show, "We're really pissed off," my hope hit an ice berg. Taking to the stage they seemed tired and somewhat dejected, far from the lightning fast, ADD-addled journey they normally take us on.


This time when they played, it just seemed as thought they hit ‘rewind' and ‘play, just a "Hello San Remo!" here and a "Paco Doesn't Love Me" there.


Although playing better than they have in the past, and definitely singing more in tune than other woeful showings, they didn't give us much of an insight into the future of the Spazzys, as they stuck to a typical set.


Some of their songs never disappoint, and they're lucky for it.


"My Car Doesn't Brake" elicited some crazy crowd antics, and "Sunshine Drive" is a song I hope the girls never retire. Surely it's their anthem. And you can tell how much they enjoy it, if only by the look on Ally's face every time someone in the crowd sings, "Hey Ally! Don't worry!" while pointing at her.


I think that's my favourite part of their set.


The often-requested-long-rehearsed-but-never-to-be-played-again "Steal A Kiss" didn't make an appearance as promised, but that was okay, as their trade off was playing "Happy Birthday" for me. Any fan's going to choose that option, and at the risk of sounding biased (although warranted), possibly made this my favourite Spazzys set ever, even with the lacklustre showing.


"We're coming back to your house!" Lucy declares, pointing out a girl in the crowd, who dissolved into a fit of squeals. This show really must have been a treat for locals, as the girl came running up to Lucy after the set, eagerly asking, "Are you really coming back to my house?" Lucy's response of, "No, we have to drive to Melbourne," apparently didn't sit well as the girl's distaste showed when she exploded, "That's so rude! You can't just tell someone that!" before storming off.


Ah kids, you gotta love it.


There were definitely other positives that came from this performance. Cutting down on the covers was a relief and a welcomed change. I have friends that often wondered if the Spazzys were in fact a cover band, (they aren't by the way).


Although I always hope they keep playing Dion's "The Wander".


This is where Ally steps out from behind her drum kit and takes a hold of the crowd. It's the only time in the set where they truly have control.


"I Wanna Cut My Hair Like Marky Ramone" brought about crowd surfing, an occurrence I haven't been privy to since their Big Day Out set. This gig certainly showed how country kids really do appreciate our ‘big city' music. The girls scored a large turnout, more than they've had recently in Melbourne, and everyone in attendance was energetic and just thrilled to have the band playing for them.


It's not quite the triumphant Spazzys return I'd envisioned, but it was good enough for me. And it's a show I'm going to remember for a long time to come (but probably for all the wrong reasons).

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