Ian Wadley, xNoBBQx, Encounter Group, Wonderfuls – Slow Club, The Tote, Collingwood, VIC (2013-08-02)

Wonderfuls PosterApparently the Cobra Bar has been renamed the Slow Club for some reason. I can’t seem to find any official announcement of this from The Tote, but on both their website and wall every instance of “Cobra Bar” seems to have been replaced with “Slow Club”. Anyway, it’s best to keep that in mind when listening to these sets – the Slow Club doesn’t have the best set up and it’s proved to be quite hard for me to get good quality recordings up there. This isn’t a problem for the more stripped-back acts (Ian Wadley and xNoBBQx), but once you start introducing multiple guitars and vocals things can get very muddy. That being said, of all the recordings I have done up there, these have turned out the best so far. This amazing lineup was, for all intents and purposes, the Melbourne launch of Wonderfuls’ LP Salty Town. I was very excited to see xNoBBQx, as I am a massive fan of their recorded work, and they absolutely did not disappoint. Really amazing. I didn’t record Midnight Caller.

Ian Wadley really needs no introduction; a living legend of Australian music. With one of the most varied and interesting careers you could imagine, Ian has been a core member of many amazing and influential Australian bands and continues to produce some of the best music coming out of the country at the moment (Ian currently drums for Mad Nanna). This set is comprised entirely of improvised guitar explorations. Though admittedly confounding at first, this set has some really beautiful moments, and I find myself enjoying it more and more every time I listen back to it.

Ian Wadley

Total time 34mins.

I was very, very excited to finally get to see xNoBBQx in the flesh, after listening to so many cassettes and hearing so many stories about their live show. This was without a doubt one of the best sets I have seen so far this year – xNoBBQx absolutely blew me away. I’ve read all sorts of reviews that attempt to describe what they do, but if you’ve never heard them before I really just urge you to listen for yourself.


Total time 18mins.

Encounter Group played an awesome set (as always), that unfortunately suffered from Cobra Bar’s shitty sound system. It gets better towards the end, but both the guitar and vocals are annoyingly low in the mix. Not super bad, but disappointing. It was great to hear a couple of tracks that I hadn’t heard live before.

Encounter Group

01 –
02 – Iron Coffin
03 – Hungry Like Jack
04 – Cup Of The Great Eagle
05 –

Total time 28mins.

Having never seen them live before, I was curious to see how the Wonderfuls Salty Town record made the transition to a live environment (it being such a intense and sad album). It was pretty much exactly as I had hoped – really fucking intence, but at the same time really incredible and sincere. An amazing gig that I won’t soon forget. The mix is also heaps better for this set than the Encounter Group set, so this recording sounds great.


01 –
02 – There Is Only Blood
03 – Relapse
04 – Freezing Cold
05 – Change
06 – Offerings
07 – Where Does It End
08 – North
09 – Salty Town
10 – Happiness

Total time 46mins.


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