Augie March played their second of three sold-out shows in Sydney last night. I saw them do a short promo show back in February and was relatively impressed. It’s odd…I know quite a few people who just ADORE this band and they seem like the kind of band I should enjoy a lot (I’m a sucker for literary lyricists) but I can’t seem to really get into them as much as I think I should.
So tonight’s gig. Lead singer Glenn Richards was plagued by out-of-tune guitars for much of the night which led to one fatal error. The band started ‘Little Wonder’ from Strange Bird (which Richards later labeled his favourite Augie album) but Richards quickly got pissed at his misbehaving guitar. The band abandoned the song but Richards assured the crowd they’d play it later.
And just like I won’t forgive Echo for abandoning ‘Bring on the Dancing Horses’ in Seattle in 2004 and not playing it later (as he promised the Bunnymen would) Glenn Richards goes on my shitlist. That said, when things were going well on stage the band was tight. Their bass player really holds the band together I think. His basslines are often subtle but they really add to the mood of each song. Much of the set was drawn from Moo, You Bloody Choir and most of the songs came off slightly better live than on record. ‘Clockwork’ was a total beast live. I’ll try and track down a setlist soon.
The show closed with opening act Dan Kelly and the Alpha Males joining Augie March on stage to cover Neil Young’s ‘Don’t Cry No Tears.’ Not sure if this was a slight nod to Young’s new album, but it certainly was a nice way to end the night. I shot some video of this…so watch away.