The Ramsgate Hotel is not necessarily known as a venue for international rock bands, but after Wednesday night, that could very well change.
Last week, Swedish stoner/desert rock band Truckfighters took to the stage supported by Adelaide guys Inwoods and Filthy Lucre.
Inwoods opened the show and, although there were limited numbers in the audience to begin with, lured the revelers in with their addictive grungey stoner rock.
Totally at ease on the stage, frontman Tyson Mahoney enticed the punters, drawing them closer with his Chris-Cornell style vocals and charismatic banter.
Following Inwoods’ belting set was Filthy Lucre; a two-piece band who might blow your mind if you’re not careful.
Drummer Ed Noble looked to be having crazy amounts of fun, thumping out beats to complement Luke Marsh’s vocals and guitar; his joy was infectious and soon there was a crowd building in the narrow space in the bar.
Both Ed and Luke know their instruments entirely, which makes their brand of stoner rock an exceptional listen and a visual treat.
Among his range of guitars, Luke played a cigar-box guitar giving a fuller sound to an already bursting live experience.
Filthy Lucre warmed up the crowd to boiling point; they’re the band you want opening for you, but it’s doubtful they’ll be supporting for long – they have a massive future ahead of them.
After the two support acts tore up the stage, there was barely any ground left for headliner Truckfighters to cover – but they disproved that pretty quickly.
Shirtless and brimming with the attitude of fully-fledged rock stars, the Swedish band were like Nirvana on speed.
Desert, fuzz, stoner, grunge mixed with psychedelia filled the room, which at that stage, appeared to get smaller as everyone moved in to watch the three-piece take us through their adventurous set.
In an epic Doors-style journey, Truckfighters played marathon songs which each told a narrative while guitarist Niklas ‘Dango’ Källgren ran around the tiny stage jumping and flailing his tongue around like Gene Simmons.
Drummer Andre ‘Poncho’ Kvarnström smashed through a cymbal if that’s any indication of the sheer power and volume of his percussion prowess.
The energy the group kept up during their show was unsurpassed and the audience drank in every second of it.
At one point, Dango took his guitar through the crowd, climbed atop the bar and shredded to very appreciative fans below.
Although The Ramsgate is only a small venue, the atmosphere was fitting for rock gigs, although it mightn’t comfortably hold more than the amount of ticket holders who were there for Truckfighters without having some visibility issues.
During their set, Dango and bassist/frontman Oskar ‘Ozo’ Cedermalm both had troubles seeing the mixing desk to request alterations to their volume.
The stage, also, was too small to handle such a high energy band and it would be great to see Truckfighters play without such restrictions.
Despite the issues of space and visibility, The Ramsgate is a great little rock venue and has a friendly ambience and good service.
Truckfighters tore a hole in the fabric of time and space, and left their audience overawed and in need of a lie-down after such a magic visual and aural assault.
By Libby Parker