Show Review - The Bad Bad Bad & The Fantods

Thursday November 18th 2010 @ 10pm

A catastrophic Rock n' Roll show

The Go Agains

@ Gus' Pub
Review By Isaac Thompson

The Go Agains got things started with a set of well executed poppy, folk rock. Their sound was the polar opposite of the jacked up attack of co-performers the Fantods and the Bad Bad Bad, but it didn’t feel to out of place. Their songs had catchy hooks and lightly strummed guitars, the kind of music you tap your toes to. The song “Autumn Baby” stood out as a tight little bit of song writing and sported a particularly strong melody.

The Go Agains - Nov 18th 2010 - 03

The band’s stage show isn’t extremely energetic or eventful, but the songs don’t call for that kind of bravado so it wasn’t needed to get their music across. The Go Agains are a bit a square peg in the local scene, there aren’t a lot of bands tinkering with the same style and it’s refreshing to see bands step outside what the scene is accustomed to. They are a relatively new band but they already have their best foot forward, doing what they do quite well.

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The Go Agains - Nov 18th 2010 - 02


The Fantods aren’t a band that can be accused of having uneventful sets. I’ve seen a ton of Fantod shows and their onstage antics and awesome music are always memorable. During their set, no one was set on fire, sent to the hospital, cut open or dressed like a giant bird, so I guess by Fantods standards this was a low key show.

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That’s not to say the Fantods didn’t kick all kinds of ass, they totally did. Strings were broken, beers were chugged and Nick Cave was covered. The band played a mix of songs that spanned their massive catalog, introduced a killer new song that features some very different vocal stylings for the band. As always, it was an epic set. Fantods are one of the best bands around; their music is original and awesome and their sets are a total blast. If you haven’t checked out the Fantods you are making a grave mistake.

The Fantods - Nov 18th 2010 - 10

The Fantods - Nov 18th 2010 - 09

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The Fantods - Nov 18th 2010 - 01


The Bad Bad Bad closed the evening with their usual serving of quick and dirty blues rock delivered with an overwhelmingly visceral intensity. The band flies around the stage churning out riffs and back beats in quick bursts; rock songs that are as jarring as they are brief.

The Bad Bad Bad - Nov 18th 2010 - 09

The Bad Bad Bad - Nov 18th 2010 - 07

The Bad Bad Bad have a firm style that they rarely deviate from, but they play so well and with such ferocity that it hardly matters. They play the type of music that embodies the reasons most people fell in love with rock and roll for in the first place. They embody the loud, destructive, non-stopped party that your parents warned you about. Basically, they are a band whose rock and roll is fun, and in an age where rock (both indie and mainstream) consists of so much bellyaching angst and above-it-all-irony, a little fun is welcome.

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