The Grates, Last Dinosaurs, 20th Century Graduates @ The Gov, Adelaide (04/11/11)

Brisbane’s The Grates were welcomed to Adelaide by a lovely balmy breeze as a first glimpse of the beautiful weather to come for the summer festival season. The aptly named ‘Summer Breath Tour’ got the sell-out audience singing and dancing from start to finish.

As I wandered down Port Road, I could hear some catchy music making me bop as I approached The Gov. Adelaide’s own 20th Century Graduates were infectious and set smiles throughout. Their silly dancing, thumping drums and solid horn section encouraged many to get up and dance.

The dancing continued as Brisbane’s Last Dinosaurs’ sound check seamlessly transitioned into their first track. The guitar heavy 5-piece demonstrated a mature approach to song writing, with all their songs building wonderfully, tied together by a great thumping bass drum. Honolulu has received high Triple J airplay and got the crowd singing along.

The bare stage may have only featured some geometric duct-tape shapes on the speakers, but as soon as Patience Hodgson stepped out on stage, the crowd went crazy. The Grates always deliver stellar gigs due to their genuine love and appreciation for their audiences. Their set list strategically placed songs from their first two albums between songs off the latest release Secret Rituals.

Crowd favourites included Silence Is Golden, 19-20-20, Trampoline and latest single Turn Me On. A key ingredient in the greatness of their live show is Patience’s energy. I am always in awe of her fitness level and ability to maintain stellar vocals while jumping, doing high-kicks, and crowd surfing. Another, and perhaps the most important element to their success is their genuine gratitude for the audience. Patience regularly applauded the audience, touched spirit-fingers with some fans, crowd surfed, and high-fived, which made every member of the crowd feel appreciated. The Gov was filled with smiling faces and the encore ended on an electric version of Inside Outside. Make sure you catch them next time!