The Mountains busted out some banjo guided, indie-blues rock tracks early, though the crowd was only ten or so strong at this stage. It didn’t get much better for Sydney’s Born Lion, who didn’t take any notice of the poor turnout and screamed out a fast fourty minutes of punk rock. John Bowkers vocals and energy were encapsulating, and made The Den feel full.
The Walking Who enjoyed a far improved crowd and didn’t let them down. Their psychedelic post rock tracks needed a few extra players on stage, usually the act is a three piece but the extra guitar, keys player and tambourine sounded great. Tracks like Rita and Candy Flu are gritty and anthemic, with a clear Pink Floyd and Flaming Lips influence, they end up sounding like a less refined Tame Impala, and that’s definitely not a bad thing.
The Delta Riggs pride themselves on not being the biggest band in the world, but putting on a fantastic live show. Which is exactly what they did. There was plenty of crowd interaction, and plenty of loyal fans who exclaimed they’d seen the Riggs plenty of times. Bass player Michael Tramonte gave his beer to a crowd member who promptly sculled it, lead singer Elliot was in and out of the crowd, gliding across the stage musically as he put everything he had into each song. And the boys simply looked like they were having a blast, which was infectious. They spread out their triple J hits, opening with America and closing with Rah Rah Radio, though there were no lulls. The boys stuck around after the show chatting to fans and proved themselves rockstars on stage and gentlemen off it.