Wednesday nights are pretty boring on the whole. I mean, you can stay home, watch Law & Order, maybe catch a baseball game or Tour de France highlights. Or if you're lucky, you can go to a concert. The sun was shining in my direction, as Australian art rockers Gerling were in town, allowing me to exit the house with a destination of choice. Excellent!
The trio from Sydney hit the stage first and while the venue was far from packed, they held the crowd's attention, getting them engaged in the show, and more than tripled the crowd's size by the end of their 35-minute set. Aside from frontman Darren Cross' unfortunate mullet, circa me in 1988, the band looked the part of 2004 discoartpunk mavens. And it was these discopunk leaning tunes from their upcoming release Bad Blood!!! that resonated most with the audience. First single "Get Activated" got the biggest cheer, but as it was the second song of the set, there were many more tunes left to get the crowd's collective asses shaking. The true star of Gerling is bassist Burke Reid, with his bug-eyed appearance and various rock star poses. He's not actually solely the bassist, as the band sometime takes the Placebo route, leaving bass to DAT and coming with two guitars live. Reid's energy was infectious, however, and helped raise the crowd's excitement level on tracks like "In The City", and "Who's Ya Daddy". If discopunk tunes, amusing showmanship, and wisecracking frontmen sounds like a good night out, Gerling is waiting for you.