The band's performance on this Friday night in Fitzroy attested to that. Here's proof: A song called 'Into the Big Blue'. It's from their first album The Lucky Country that Dave only recently added to the setlist. It builds with the patience of Springsteen's 'Jungleland' and explodes with a guitar solo that echoes David Gilmour's on Pink Floyd's 'Comfortably Numb'. Dem's big words, but see for yourself:
Due to the remarkable work of local-legend Michael Egan a number of videos from the Catfish show may be viewed from the comforts of home on YouTube: Drinking Days, Railroad Song, Over the Top and another angle of Into the Big Blue.
DWME played two full sets. While it's probably a stretch to call it a dilemma, figuring out what to play and when before crowds that don't know your music is a challenge. DWME aren't a niche band that cranks out an hour's worth of genre-friendly product night in, night out. They're a band raring to release a second album with an unusually diverse collection of original songs at the ready. With that in mind it wasn't a surprise they kicked things off with the brand new, never-before-played 'When the Needle Hits the Red', a personal song that's open to all kinds of interpretation, all of them affecting. The rest of the first set was similarly risk-taking, with crowd favourites like 'Over the Top', 'The Spitting Image' and DWME's cover of The Church's 'Under the Milky Way' mixed with dusted-off gems and another new song called 'Summer Girls'.
|Keyboardist Daryl Johnson didn't let being wedged between tables affect his playing. The odd configuration of the band throughout the bar somehow brought his keys to the fore, laying plush carpets of sound beneath DWME's multi-instrumental assault.|
|Always a crooner ....|
|Up against the wall, Midnight Electric horns ...|
|Rob escapes his corner to jam with Dave.|
|My favourite photo on the night captures Dave and Mary sharing a moment.|
|Rob frightens passersby on Gertrude Street.|
|Come to a rock show, spend time with extraordinary people ...|
|These two self-proclaimed Catfish regulars bought autographed copies of 'The Lucky Country' and insisted DWME was the best band they'd ever seen at the pub. We all obviously look forward to seeing them again.|
|At the stroke of midnight it was Rob's birthday. Can't start it much better than in the company of 'Teachers for Tom Morello' Piera and Mary.|