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Punk this week: Perth troubadour Peter Bibby rocks into Melbourne and Spike Vincent puts on a show

Supersuckers are also in town.

Spike Vincent’s Tote residency

The Tote’s February Front Bar Tuesdays features a residency from local jangle-rocker and punk enthusiast Spike Vincent. Traffik Island (solo) opened proceedings for the first February instalment, playing his catchy and playful songs. There’s a reminiscence of Syd Barrett or Monty Python’s ‘The Meaning of Life’ here, nevertheless, Zak Olsen channels his own unique brand of psych-pop which is truly unique. The set highlight was ‘Fuck the Universe’ which sheds light on how crummy landlords can be. 

Second up was Painted Angels. With no recordings released yet, I was not exactly sure of what to expect but was pleasantly surprised with their performance. My favourite of their set, a song I can only assume was named ‘Control’ (a word featured throughout the song), was sung by their female vocalist and had the perfect mix of beautiful vocals amongst a noisy rock shadow. Added bonus was their cover of The Clean’s ‘Anything Could Happen’. 

After seeing Spike Vincent play solo at Tight Knit’s reunion show in late January, it was an exciting contrast to see him with the full band, which included members from Dianas and Camp Cope. The energy was high and a packed room made it well worth the Tuesday night outing and the best part was, it started at 7pm, making it possible to be in bed by 10pm. With three more Tuesday’s left, the final three slots of Spike Vincent’s residency will welcome the likes of Skydeck, Lachlan Denton, Emma Russack,  and Pting as supports. It’s all free so head on down.

Peter Bibby is playing Bar Open

Peter Bibby returns to Melbourne to play Bar Open on Saturday February 16. His last Melbourne appearance came in late 2018, where he played two solo sets at The B.East to a packed burger shack. First introduced to Bibby on a trip to Perth in 2017, seeing him support old punks and fellow Perth locals, The Victims, interest for Bibby sparked again last year when he released ‘Long Baby’ which included a great film clip. The second single, ‘Work for Arseholes’, is an encouraging anthem for us working class while the rest of the album includes an array of punk, love ballads and a country sounding tune about hating hippies. Saturday’s show will be with full band, Peter Bibby’s Dog Act or as the Facebook event describes, “Animal. Vegetable. Mineral. Peter Bibby. Strawberry Pete. Dirty Dave.”

This week’s top punk gig

Supersuckers with support from Grindhouse, Cosmic Kahuna and BATZ.

The Bendigo Hotel, Friday February 15.

Tickets available via TryBooking.

By Morgan Mangan