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Live Review: Moses Gunn Collective & Black Zeros @ The Brightside 28.8.2015


Celebrations for the fresh LP Mercy Mountain commenced at The Brightside in Fortitude Valley. Slowly filling with punters, the movement may have been pretty placid, the energy was electric.

Opening the night was Sydney Black Zeros, a trio comprised of vocals/guitar, bass and drums, fronted by the solid ten in sass and talent, Joe Jackson, although fairly unknown to most, they've shared the stage with the likes of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Hinds and other National acts, so learning this, we were definitely in for a treat.

The crowd was slow to the calling, with the floor taken up by only a few bopping bodies, though it didn’t take long for the wave of fast and messy surf garage pop to fill the ears of punters outside and around the bar, dragging them to the floor, and amping the vibe. Their set was filled with fast and grimy guitar twangs and a constant drum beat, complimented by Joe’s badass stage presence, which unfortunately emphasized the bassist’s slightly uptight demeanour, and only seemed to loosen when the tempo was taken down a couple of notches towards the end when debuting latest track Ride which channels a Best Coast and Lana Del Ray vibes. Eyes certainly fastened to these up and comers! 

10.45pm hit and the glitter-bombs blew up, revealing the psych-pop quintet that is Moses Gunn Collective. After the raucous crowd settles after a loud welcome home to our multi-talented lead local favs, who have just returned from an East-Coast tour, the group launch into 'Mary' an ‘oldie but goldie’ giving the crowd a taste of what they know and love before diving head first into their debut album and the reason we’re all here, Mercy Mountain.

Grasping the crowd by the soul strings, the 5 blonde groovers keep bodies moving, with spritely guitars  and fast chorus of tracks like 'Hot Mess' and 'Back Into The Womb', bringing the blues with 'Desdamona' and slow-burner title track 'Mercy Mountain'. The crowd was sure as hell rowdy, with the first 5 rows (at least) boogieing up a storm. Punters were losing shirts, and minds, with sweaty hugs and love was being thrust upon the packed out venue

Set highlights can be found from their 2014 Morning Shakes EP, with 'Ghost Life' and it's tempo changing madness, encompassing slow groove to all in bounce, and the set closer,  falsetto baby doll sing-a-long ‘Shalala, warming down what was an intense hour of raucous guitar, dreamy vocals, and forever fab, never drab stage presence MCC does best.  
Before you know it, it’s all over. Banter was minimal between songs, but their music spoke volumes, doing what they do best and proving to us all, Moses Gunn Collective have a lot higher to go, than just Mercy Mountain. 

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