King Cannons @ Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (28/6/2012)

The bluesy Major Tom and the Atoms began the evening in full stride, with Tom Hartney’s (former Little Red singer) baritone centred around a cacophony of blues riffs, sax licks and walking bass lines. The House That Love Built showed off the band’s capabilities, through the interwoven melodies of the chorus; a seemingly natural progression sweeping between a funk swing to a hook filled with such threatening presentiment, Hartney’s growl could barely control the snarl deep within his vocal strings. Emulating and expanding on the likes of The Doors and The Rolling Stones into a cohesive whole of soul, rock n roots, it’s difficult to believe Major Tom and the Atoms only formed a mere eight months ago.

King Cannons crank their time machine to the glory days of pub rock, modernising and refashioning the soulful past of a genre and you simply can’t go to one of their show without doing the twist at least once. Off the back of their recently released debut LP, The Brightest Light, King Cannons stormed the stage masking themselves in pure 1950’s attire; leather jackets and brylcreem ensuring the almost punkish blend of Barnesy and Springsteen looked as good as they sounded.

Shot To Kill and Smoked Out City left those restless within the crowd engaged in a state of pure debauchery, a consistency of chaos palpable to the mayhem and aggression of the performance. Halfway through a set of nonstop rock, singer Luke Yeoward replaced his electric guitar for an acoustic, an act that ushered the audience into a standstill of silent anticipation.

Bringing the mood down, Yeoward dived into the sombre acoustics of Everyman’s Tale. A song only accompanied by Rob Ting’s wailing guitar and the universality of the lyrics; speaking of the struggle to right to land and place, left the audience momentarily dazed in the song’s innate beauty and tranquillity. After four minutes, the rock show was back on and so occurred the speediest transition between crestfallen, teary eyes to wide-eyed, screams and shouts.

Take the Rock and The Last Post were favourites among the crowd and the night continued in it’s up-tempo stride. One of the greatest things about live bands like King Canon’s is not only the ability to evoke mood and feeling indicative of the song, but to ensure you’re right on there beside them, enjoying every minute of it.