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"Inpress Indie Initiative review"
Gig: Thu, 6th Jun 2002 - Espy, Gershwin Room    Reviewed: Mon, 9th Dec 2002 by Neil Wedd

Inpress Indie Initiative review
Perfect Blue Planet, Gavin, The Honey Spiders, 10Fold

Hopefully the renaissance of the Indie Initiative has begun. Another night of big crowds and fantastic performances all round. Great to see so many bands in the audience supporting the night.

10Fold have moved down from Darwin to further their career. They have big plans and having played together for years, they have the belief and ability. They are quite commercial, with sensational harmonies. A three piece, they play with confidence and the songs are great. Acoustic, up tempo modern country rock, and I hope I havenít pigeonholed them with that description.

The Honey Spiders had a large crowd, helping to celebrate singer Danielís birthday as well as catch the band. He looked every part the rock star, leather pants and all. A bit of instrument swapping went on, with Natalie moving from guitar to keyboards and back. They ended the night with some rock moves and sparklers to celebrate the birthday. It looked great and the audience loved it.

I can be accused of hyping acts but Gavin absolutely stunned me. With a classic twin guitar sound, very reminiscent of Teenage Fanclub with a hint of You Am I, they played instantly memorable pop tunes that you want to sing and dance to. Great voice and songs that reek of lost love. Smiles a mile wide all round. The sound of stereo guitars fills me with joy. The band is tight and obviously enjoy what they do. Catch this band soon.

Perfect Blue Planet were always going to suffer by comparison and the late hour. None the less they came out and rocked. The tunes chugged along with admirable attack and the singer had heaps of presence. Loved the glasses with the lights on the side. Excellent playing by a band who gel really well. A thoroughly enjoyable night.

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