Melbourne Cup weekend is always an interesting one. Aside from the regular antics about a shitload of horses running in a circle, there’s always a plethora of great shows and gigs to choose from over an epic four nights. This year was no different, and World’s End Press stood up at the Toff in Town to an assemble one of the best party lineups I have seen in a long time. As I arrived at the venue, there was a clear sense that on the final night of the long weekend, the barrel had been chased and the party was in full swing. Playing to an alarmingly sweaty crowd, Client Liaison had everything under control. The playful but intense party vibe really impressed me. The lead singer was shirtless, dripping with sweat, and hitting some incredibly confident notes. I spent the 10 minutes following the set ruing what could have been a serious revelation had I witnessed the entire set. Watch out for these guys.
After making my way through the excited crowd to the front, I observed a band I regard as a diamond in the rough of the Melbourne music scene. World’s End Press have this incredible and rare ability of connecting with a crowd, and despite playing a lot of material not yet released, the packed crowd rollicked and appreciated every subtle detail of the driving, deep and euphoric set. As the show moved on, WEP adopted a live DJ-set-non-stop vibe, with some inspired transition work leading into ‘Second Day Uptown’ before absolutely murdering with ‘Drag Me Home’, which I can’t wait to hear for myself upon it’s release.
Frontman Rhys Richards was quick to express appreciation for the warm reception after “having not played for a long, long time”. The band recently took time away from the country to make tracks on a debut LP with the guidance of DFA/Mo’ Wax legend Tim Goldsworthy. After reviewing World’s End Press at their last show in late June, I can definitely say that the excitement of releasing a debut LP is fanning the flames of the outrageously fun and technically skilled live show.
After the final song concluded (I still can’t get that piano house melody out of my head), it was up to Modular’s recently signed Otologic to bring the party home. And that they did. Spanning through a variety of genres ranging from deep house, techno and acid, the duo once again reminded us why they are Melbourne’s late night specialists. Every set is a different experience and I couldn’t recommend them more highly to anybody interested in delving into something a little more involved than your run-of-the-mill DJ set. I saw the future on Monday night.
One final thing that I will say is this – World’s End Press operate as a whole in complete synchronicity and with an unwavering passion for sharing happiness through their music. For me, this is what it’s all about. If you haven’t seen them live before, be sure to catch them at the Falls Festival in Lorne or on their next tour with Collarbones (!!). Dates below.
Falls Music & Arts Festival
Lorne (VIC) 28th Dec – 1st Jan (SOLD OUT)
The Good Hustle, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, Saturday 1 December
Tickets via http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=35639
Good God, Sydney, Thursday 6 December.
With Collarbones and Polographia
Tickets via http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/collarbones-worlds-end-press/61589
Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, Friday 7 December
With Collarbones and Mitzi
Tickets via http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/mitzi-worlds-end-press-collarbones/61294
REVIEW BY SCOTT ARMSTRONG