Head Like a Hole - BAYROCK Review

May 12, 2017



When HLAH announced that they were going on the road to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the debut album 13, fans from the good old days rejoiced.  Despite the unease of a Thursday night gig with the prospect of a liver damaged workday Friday to follow, caution was railroaded to the backseat, and a vacant spot in the van for a straggler was never going to happen. 


We expected to have our brains rocked, and that is exactly what happened.  Head like a hole were tight, with a lengthy set covering the album 13 and all the favourites thereafter. When they finished out with Hootananny after midnight, revellers were spent..and wobbled off to the BP for a restorative pie. 


 The sound at the Mt Maunganui venue Totara Street is the best I’ve encountered, with years of ear bleeding experience to back that up.  The feast for the ears was coupled with excellent lighting and great facilities, and Totara Street rocked into the wee small hours to the soundtrack of Legendary Kiwi rock.  In a true testament to how influential they are, was the range in age of the crowd – proving that Mayhem is alive and well, and hasn’t been elbowed out by doof doof.  


A particular treat for me was getting to meet the Nambassa Man (yes, that infamous party hard guy who makes a habit of appearing at festivals and gigs to show the kids how it’s done) rocking out at the front of the stage. He knows a good thing when he sees it. 


In a recent interview about the tour, front man Booga Beazley mentioned that if you were thinking why should I go and see a bunch of old guys do a 25-year-old album, and that you wouldn’t be disappointed, it wasn’t lip service. He was absolutely right.  They were off the hook wicked.  No second thoughts needed, this is a quality rock show and the experience is one you won’t soon forget.  A testament to their years of touring and playing together, bringing their audiences to a rare place indeed, that of total anarchy – finessed with filthy rhythm. 

So dust off your wet rubber, your I’m on fire, your crying shame (which was a superb treat for the crowd) and get your punk arse along to catch them as they get around the country in their uhaul. 


The merchandise available is also a point of note, with the re-release of the original album available on heavy vinyl in black or red, cassettes (google those if you’re not sure what they are) and something for all budgets with several types of old school badges for just 2 bucks. 


Book a date, because if you miss it, you’ll have missed a few and far between opportunity to see the raw beating heart of mad honest radical rock.  Tickets and details HERE>>> https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/tour/2017/head-like-hole-25th-anniversary-tour 



SOURCE: Rebecca Young

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