Toothache, Prolife, Miss Destiny – Monday Night Mass, The Northcote Social Club, Northcote, VIC (2013-08-12)

Miss Destiny PosterThe great thing about Monday Night Mass (well, one of the great things) is that it presents an awesome opportunity for good bands that may not yet have a following to play to a sizable crowd. To call any of the three bands that played at this Monday Night Mass “new” may be a bit misleading – they are all relatively new projects, sure, but the members within these projects are in no way amateurs. There’s something amazing about seeing really good, experienced musicians playing music that they seem genuinely excited to play – there’s a freshness in all three of these sets; nothing about the band is really set in stone yet and the members are still playing with the dynamics of a new project. Sound quality is just as good as all the other NSC shows. One of the best and most exciting Masses in a long while.

TOOTHACHE
Toothache played their first ever public gig this night, and holy shit it was awesome. Fronted by Scott O’Hara (Bitch Prefect) on guitar on vocals, with Joel Carey (Peak Twins, Wolf & Cub) on drums, Amy Hill (Constant Mongrel, School of Radiant Living) on bass, and Sophie Kahl (Steady Hell) on guitar; Toothache has one hell of a lineup. This set was just as awesome as you would hope with band members like that, and the songs featured the best elements of all the aforementioned bands. Effortlessly moving between great pop songs and punishing punk, Toothache were awesome – let’s hope they keep playing together.

Toothache

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Total time 15mins.
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PROLIFE
This set featured a quite different, more developed, and frankly more brutal Prolife than the last time I had seen them. The main catalyst for this, as far as I can tell, is a switch from bass guitar to extremely heavily distorted toy keyboard. All of the other elements are still there, namely the pulsating drum machines and amazing vocals, but the addition of another synth makes the sound all the more crushing.

Prolife

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Total time 16mins.
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MISS DESTINY
Miss Destiny have been kicking around for a little while now, playing their first gig a five or so months ago at the Free Time LP launch. Featuring members of School of Radiant Living, Bitch Prefect, Old Mate, Ratsak, Deep Trouble, Good God, Circle Pit and Southern Comfort, with their combined experience it’s little surprise that these guys nail their sound perfectly. Kinda 90s-y, if I had to crudely find a point of reference. Not really my kind of thing, but I enjoyed this set quite a bit and they got a great response from the audience.

Miss Destiny

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Total time 21mins.
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