My Disco, Qua, New War @ The Toff, Melbourne (13/02/10)
Compact, tight, and the stage barely visible, The Toff was to hold Melbourne-trio My Disco and their cult following.
A red glow aided by a talkative ambience, New War was called to the front. The screams hollowing from the lead singer, only made the audience twitch and cringe. While some erratic bass lines gave the band some much needed enigma, screams that overpowered the music proved that anyone with a voice box can make it. If this is what Melbourne music has to look forward to, then it is going to be a long 2010.
While fans nursed a beer and hypothesised the set list of My Disco, QUA was quietly introduced. Using mainly an Apple Macbook Pro and an electronic drum pad, QUA produced some original beats and jams. The occasional throw of the fist to the crowd and headshake was QUA’s only interaction with the crowd.
Whilst their tracks seemed interesting at first, by the end, the crowd’s eyes were watering from sheer and utter boredom. The crowd seemed displeased with the opening two support bands, with the random tracks played in between acts proving to be more an interest.
Having just released their latest single, Young, My Disco were the band that everyone had come to see. Despite priding themselves on their minimalism, brothers, Liam and Ben Andrews, and drummer Rohan Rebeiro, it seemed that their intense live performance act was a faÃ§ade for some mediocre music. While their true emphasis is on being minimalistic, they had also forgotten to be interesting. Thrashing your head up and down does not automatically constitute a good live show.
Entering the stage to a rapture of applause, My Disco kicked it off quickly with their latest ten minute single, which proved to be a repetitive collection of chords and drum beats. Though the bass line proved catchy, there was little else to enjoy. Sweating under the red neon lights and the continual stare from the crowd, My Disco began on another road of minimalism, this time, even extending to the lyrics. You seemed to follow a similar path to the previous My Disco tracks, again possessing exaggerated repetition.
Though the band has a substantial following, pondering what their fans enjoy about My Disco was a more interesting challange than the band’s performance.