Annandale Hotel, Annandale. Feb 3, 2006
“Oh to be a rock star”. More and more this sentiment creeps into the nation’s subconscious replacing dreams of silver screen success with fantasies of sweat-soaked Fenders and groupies galore. What is it about the rock star archetype that inspires such longing in the populace – the God-like status pinned to the lapels of those who can play guitar? Is it the devilish display of raw sexuality and creativity to crazed approval? The deliberate fuck-you [or in the case of the nice boys of indie rock, ‘no thank you’] mouthed to a corporate clime of nine to five? The booze? The babes? Who knows, but whatever the motivation, the swaggering boysiness of UK punkrockpop kids The Cribs cast a fine mould for aspirations of life-on-the-road. Naming their contemporaries as The Libertines, Razorlight and The Others, The Cribs are a band of brothers who know how to put on a leap-about-and-lose-your-mind show. At the end of their sweaty, danceable set of tight, powerful tunes the lead singer had split his lip, knocked back a bottle beer in one gulp and then thrown himself into the crowd. There’s a lot to be said for 100% and cock-sure bravado in putting on a spectacle: rock indeed. But enough talk. We think these excellent pics from local snapper Daniel Boudist can sum up this night of fine rock for y’all. For more great snaps, head to boudist.com. Dan’s also just put up an excellent article on tips for live music and concert photography for all you aspiring photographers out there, so do yourself a favour and go check it out.