LIVE MUSIC REVIEW: JEFF ROSENSTOCK

Jeff RosenstockRocker Jeff Rosenstock, from Brooklyn, announced a last minute Australian Tour only recently, and on Thursday night, he played Enigma Bar to a very supportive and enthusiastic crowd.

The first band of the night was Adelaide four piece outfit,  Stabbitha and the Knifey Wifeys. They were, as described on their Unearthed page, “Short and stabby.” Stabbitha and the Knifey Wifeys had an obvious loyal following, which is well deserved. They played a succession of hard rocking punk songs served with a dose of fun. Make sure to catch their EP launch at the Metro Bar on April 1st.

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Next up were Camp Cope, a three-piece all-girl group from Melbourne who are supporting Jeff Rosenstock all around Australia. Once again a short, hard selection of songs that had the crowd dancing as hard as the band. This band is definitely one to watch – they pack a punch in their live set!

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Antarctigo Vespucci were next to hit the stage. This band was formed recently through the friendship of Chris Farren, lead singer of punk band Fake Problems, and Jeff Rosenstock. The name of the band is a joke on the name of the man Amerigo Vespucci, who’s the guy who discovered America. Anyhow, Chris Farren croons and screams into the microphone with equally mesmerizing effect. Drawing mainly on material from last year’s album Leavin’ La Vida Loca, the four piece band know how to boost the energy up a notch or two.

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As the energy in Enigma seemed somehow to increase even more, Jeff Rosenstock hit the stage with two guitarists and a drummer. The fun, the irreverence, the music – it all comes together to create a memorable night. Jeff Rosenstock knows how to entertain and the fans know how to party; he and his support acts left everyone in the audience hot, sweaty and happy.

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Reviewed and photographed by John Goodridge

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