Heading to Black Bear Lodge on Thursday night, I had no idea what to expect from Total Pace’s first show. The recently announced new Brisbane band is comprised of Simon Ridley (DZ Deathrays), Luke Henery (Violent Soho), Branko Cosic (Tape/Off) and Matthew Somers (I Heart Hiroshima). I’d forgone listening to their debut EP, premiered through Grain Zine two days earlier, so I was unsure what to expect. Supporting the new group were Bad Bangers and Electric Zebra.
Making a surprising amount of noise, garage punk duo, Bad Bangers pumped out short, quirky songs filled with painfully relatable content like “too drunk for doobs” and “driving is hard”.
Electric Zebra displayed the sort of confidence and playfulness on stage that only comes with years of rehearsing and playing together. Their impressive tempo and dynamic control made for intense build ups and break downs, which combined with steady drum beats, melodic guitar riffs, a little bit of appropriate dissonance and complex bass lines. They kept the audience moving throughout their set.
And finally Total Pace, lived up to the entire rooms expectations. Part way into their set they had the entire floor shaking to the point that you genuinely feared for your life a little. Whilst you can definitely hear how their separate bands have influenced the sound, together they deliver a classic blend of Aussie punk rock that isn’t too similar to anything else they’ve been doing. Powerhouse drums provided the perfect backbone for grungy guitar tones, sleazy riffs, a ripping guitar solo or two and just the right amount of feedback. A foot powered strobe light added a little bit of wow factor and was used perfectly to accentuate the heavier parts of songs. Most importantly for me - it was just rad to see a bunch of super talented musicians laughing, smiling, having fun, bantering with the audience and laying down tunes.
Total Pace absolutely killed it and I 100% recommend keeping an eye on these guys.