LIVE: Suiix, Julia Why?, Crocodylus, Hentai Magi @ The Hideaway Bar, Sydney, 24th Feb

A night of old favourites and new blood

HENTAI MAGI

Hentai Magi are largely disorganised and ragged at the edges, but scattered throughout tonight’s set are moments of raucous mayhem – not to mention some intelligent and nifty songwriting, and some ear-splitting guitar work. Moments of The Cure litter the set, which are promptly drowned out by Pixies’ notes, or distorted chaos – and it’s as much fun as that sounds.

 

CROCODYLUS

Crocodylus are not what you’d call “subtle”. Their shtick is basically to take a 60s beat and pump its veins full of cheap speed. Everything flails and twitches and thunders around through a mere handful of chords, and it’s exhausting just trying to keep up. Make no mistake, it’s a *crazy* good time.

 

JULIA WHY?

Julia Why? are back! I’m pretty excited about that. It’s been forever since I last saw them, and they’ve got a hatful of new ones for us too. If, like me, you absolutely loved their first album, there will be no disappointment in your future, there’s as much raw strength in the songwriting as ever. It’s a short-ish set, but it’s enough to show once again, that they’re one of the the most impressive guitar bands in the city.

 

SUIIX

It’s my first time seeing Suiix tonight, and while I was expecting the crystal-clear, ice-cold, electronic pop of their recorded stuff, we get a slightly less bloopy version tonight that’s more raw and more raucous than on record. Smooth as soft serve, but with a malevolent grin on its face, it’s a shrewd and sharp set – while the synth and singer Sarah’s dreamy vocal dominate, the band fill the room with with enough warm, funny and human moments to keep the machines from taking over entirely.

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