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Song of the day – 556: Scrabble

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Every town should have at least 10 of these. Failing that, at least one. If it doesn’t, then you know it’s fucking long overdue time to move town (or to start three of your own).

Fortunately, Brisbane has one. Scrabble. “Feel free to waltz.”

I was present at the show documented above. I showed up with my son Isaac (age 7). Everyone was wearing black, or sitting glowering and drinking beer out in the garden. Fucking splendid view! Mountains one side, the city sprawled in front of us like Perth. We perched on a sofa and felt uncomfortable. I had no idea my main lady from Clag was playing! I was buzzed nervous like Kevin Rowland. I was frayed tired like a parent. We perched on the sofa and looked in secret wonder at the people looking in secret wonder at us. There was beer, and wine. Black outfits. The occasional person my age. I’m going to write about the show elsewhere once I track down Isaac’s photographs but… Scrabble, dudes! I have a New Favourite Band in Town. This next song is everything I fricking love and adore about anti-musicians who still insist on clambering up on stage: sardonic and simultaneously vulnerable. Observant, painfully poignant. Basic and chugging and rudimentary and with the odd hammering on the doors of the Temple of Noise. Harmony, because why the fuck not? This, to me, is David Bowie riding out with the stars. This, to me, is Kate Bush swooping through the lower echelons of motherhood. Mountains tremble. Guitars pretend to be violins. “Chaos, noise, No Wave – fuck the post-prog!” Spontaneous, beautiful and anti-belligerent.  A bit of feedback, a basement-load of humanity. I’m sorry but this shit is important. Right now, this shit could be the only shit convincing me to stay in this Fuck You Outsiders, One-Horse White Shirt of a Town.

So fun and so fucking lovable. I rarely doff my cap to any performer on stage, will rarely admit to being beaten at my own game… but for fuck’s sake. So, so good.

Fortunately, Brisbane also has one of these.

…or you can just create your own. 

ADDENDA
Follow the five-minute Scrabble song with this song. “My sexy ass has got him in a new dimension.” Makes perfect sense.

Related posts:
Scrabble + Kitchen’s Floor + The Legend! + Bremen Town Musician @ Noisepit, Highgate Hill, Brisbane 03.02.13

3 Responses to Song of the day – 556: Scrabble

  1. Ben February 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    We were late and tired getting back from the beach, thanks for letting us know what we missed 🙂

  2. Paul February 5, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Nice to see an Ashtray Boy T as well.

  3. Rachael Cooke February 6, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Great videos, great to finally see ‘Scrabble’! Which Briz venue is this.. looks great!
    Great review… but the last line…? Think I’m gettin the reference, especially with that cute,cardigan n glasses boy in the clip, but still WHA DA..?!!!… Were you at the Clag 7″ launch years ago when we played with our backs to the stage and masks and fake arms on our backs??! ;p heh heh!

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