Underground Lovers – Northcote Social Club

There’s just nothing better on a cold, windy and rainy Melbourne Sunday night than to step on out to the Northcote Social Club to catch 90’s sonic shoegaze legends, Underground Lovers for a 30th anniversary rendition of seminal album Leaves Me Blind. Tonight they were supported by Melbourne’s Double Vanity.

Double Vanity

I only caught the last song of Double Vanity thanks to wild weather and a cozy wine; but this three piece of vocals, guitar, keyboards and all things synthy; seemed to be all about dark, jangly, ethereal, dreamy pop.

Note to self – get there earlier next time, support acts are always worth it.

Sample their dreamy siren song offerings here.

Underground Lovers

This was the second of two sold out shows in Melbourne, and the punters were clearly keen to get a good dose of the Undies. Tonight the line-up was Richard Andrew (drums), Maurice Argiro (bass), Glenn Bennie (sonic guitar), Vincent Giarrusso (vocals, guitar, dancing, n’ stuff) and Philippa Nihill (vocals, guitar and keys).

From the first strains of Eastside Stories, the room was immediately launched back to 1992, the wave of sonic build up getting the crowd manically swaying while it mashed into Got Off on It for a prolonged buzz of raving sonic goodness.

The rest of the set was a mix up of most of Leaves Me Blind, winding up the main set with blistering versions of the ever popular Promenade and Your Eyes, closing out the mayhem and fading distortion to a room full of cheers.

A short breather and then back for a quick closer of Corn, Every Sign and Dream it Down – more cheers and cries for even more; but all we got was a weary giggle from Vince and a good night.

Check out the re-mastered version of Leaves Me Blind, here.

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