Had a night out – child free – on Saturday night where I didn’t know what to expect but it turned out to be a hoot. A friend was housesitting in the city and her, myself and two other friends met at the city pad for a drink then walked to our first pub for the evening. The Grace Emily has a really good atmosphere and I should make more of an effort to get there as it is such good fun as it’s really easy to get to talking to other people especially when you hang out at the spot near the bar and the mens toilets. It’s one of those rare pubs that don’t have poker machines and there are a few of those left in Adelaide. We got there about 9.30 just as it was starting to get busy and bumped into another friend who ended up coming with us to the next pub, the Crown and Anchor, with her mate. The band we were there to see upon another friend’s recommondation was Spencer P Jones who was a founding member of Beasts of Bourbon.
I felt very out of place in my lime green polyester flared slacks and my polyester shirt with pictures of women on it as everyone else was pretty much wearing black and it was quite dark and smoky so I felt like my slacks stood out a mile. I started off up the back but couldn’t see anything and realised that typically everyone was squished up at the back but there was heaps of room at the front so I made my way up there. That’s what I like about seeing bands at pubs is that even though it can be crowded at least you can worm your way around a bit. When they did start is was so loud that I could feel the music vibrate right through my body and it took me a few songs to get used to the volume but the band was pretty good so it didn’t matter. I like music that can be danced to and I would say pretty much every second song was like that. It reminded me of the days when I used to be a common sight on the Adelaide live music grunge/punk scene and regularly hung out at these dark, grungy pubs where your feet stick to the floor, the music is really loud and just about everyone wears black.
After that finished it was time for some ska at the FAD bar with the Strange Tenants. It was also pretty packed in there and another place where I had to make my way to the front so I could see the band. I like ska music but I prefer the faster ska songs rather than the slow ones and I think there were too many slow ones this time. They had done another gig that night with UB40 so the fact they did 2 shows in one night was pretty good going considering they’ve been around for over 20 years. We hung around for most of their set and then got going. The crowd had started to thin out by then too. As a sign of our age we headed back to the city pad for something to eat and then to sleep. Had planned to dance on at a club venue but the knees just couldn’t face up to it.