Civic Hotel, City, Friday, December 9
Brag: Who are you hear to see?
Boy 1: Van She! I heard them on the radio, they sounded cool, so I thought I’d check ’em out.
Brag: What about Mercy Arms?
Boy 1: Mercy Arms… Did they just support The Kills?
Brag: Nah that was Damn Arms.
Boy 1: Then I have no idea who they are.
Brag: What did you think of Van She?
Girl 1: I like their pulsating rhythms and synths of post-punk goodness.
Brag: And you?
Girl 2: They’re alright, but I think they’re more of a radio band than a live band.
Brag: Which band did you like better?
Boy 2: It’s hard, because guitarist and drummer from Mercy Arms are 10/10, but Van She – Phil Collins’ only son, onstage at last – you can’t really beat that.
Brag: What do you make of the crowd here?
Boy 2: Tsubi’s like Jesus: it’s made for people on the North Shore. End quote.
Brag: What’d you think of Van She?
Boy 3: Great single, second last track, but the last one they did was a bit…
Girl 3: I concur!
Boy 3: You like the last one? You didn’t think it was too Killerish?
Girl 3: I thought it was fun.
Brag: What did you think of Mercy Arms?
Girl 3: They need to be a little bit tighter, but overall they were fine.
Boy 4: We need more pompoms, a leopard on a leash and way more aerobics…
Girl 3: And they need to sort out their outfits. And main the guy in Van She, Nick – he needs to wear a lemon-coloured shirt.
Brag: Who did you like better, Mercy Arms or Van She?
Boy 5: Mercy Arms. Van She sound too much like The Presets.
Brag: So out of ten, what do you rate the night as?
Boy 5: I’m here for a root and if I get one I’ll give it a nine, if not, a six and a half. My balls are as big as coconuts. Do you know anyone up for it?
Oh, and what do I think? Technical problems aside, Kieran Callinan [guitarist, Mercy Arms] was the best thing onstage all night and spots seem to be making a statement this summer.