The Sunnyboys – The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, Friday February 10

Live Review

The venue was at near capacity when I walked through the door and X were doing a fine job keeping ears ringing and pulses high. I’m only sorry that I had not made the extra effort to get there earlier to avoid the queue at the door and, inevitably, the bar.

It has been 36 years since The Sunnyboys released their eponymous first album, and tonight they played the whole thing. A huge cheer erupted as the curtains drew and The Sunnyboys strolled onto the stage, seconds before their distinctive dual choppy guitars screeched into action. The first chords of 'I Cant Talk To You' rang so close to the studio recording that you could almost imagine that you were in the famed Alberts recording studio with them, as they laid down one of their early classics.

 

The hits kept on coming with the likes of 'Gone' and 'It's Not Me', and with Jeremy Oxley hitting all the right notes in all the right places, it was easy to see why The Sunnyboys earned such a following in the first place.

 

Next up was 'Alone With You', arguably one of the most requested tracks in Australian radio history. Guitarist Richard Burgman expressed so much with so few chords, and the crowd sang along to every word, not just for the radio hits but through classics like 'Liar', 'Let You Go' and 'I’m Shakin'.

 

It is a testament to the quality of the songwriting that these bursts of pop punk have not only stood the test of time, but sound as fresh and vital as the day the then teenage Oxley first penned them. It was also clear from the crowd how much these songs are a cherished part of their youth.

 

Despite their worn complexions and extra kilos, The Sunnyboys never missed a beat, their ear bursting sound enhanced by the fact that they were having as much fun as the crowd.

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