THE DOLLAR BILL MURRAYS
+ Love Buzz + Good Lekker + Long Boys
@ Rad Bar
Reviewer: Esther Triffitt
Fuelled by a love for wild nights out, hard hitting rock, and pints of their very own locally brewed malt liquor, Brisbane’s The Dollar Bill Murrays are following up their acclaimed sophomore EP with the playfully overdriven single ‘Dancing With Death’ and a January east coast tour.
Following their single launch show at The Foundry in Brisbane, The Dollar Bill Murrays made their way along the east coast to Rad Bar in Wollongong, NSW on January 19th, supporting Melbourne band Long Boys for their EP launch show.
The first bands to begin the gig were Wollongong locals Love Buzz and Good Lekker, who brought in an energetic early crowd, setting the stage for what The Dollar Bill Murrays were yet to bring.
Despite not being Wollongong locals, first track ‘Go’ and the following ‘The More You Know’ packed a punch with powerful drum beats coupled with the band’s boisterous energy that sent the growing crowd jumping. Though still a small crowd, it was third last track ‘I Want Everything’ that pulled more people in, with an ever building intro, accompanied by the silken voice of lead singer Felix Lindgren. The atmosphere in Rad intensified, even though contrasted alongside the band’s sombre lyrics.
Second last on the setlist was largely anticipated new single ‘Dancing With Death’, released in mid December of 2017. A first release since their 2017 EP ‘Always On’, the infectious song, pulled by lyrics depicting a relatable after-dark experience as
“nights were made to make mistakes”.
The track got the attendees of the Rad Bar show dancing on all levels to a song that is addictive yet coherently stomach churning, driven by an unawareness of where the night will take you.
The final song ‘Medicine’ ended The Dollar Bill Murrays’ set with a bang, a percussive beat that was inescapable, coupled by a catchy chorus to tie in all the electric rock tunes that the band had put forward on the night, which set headliners Long Boys up with an excited and fuelled crowd.