Flew into Wellington from Chch and proceeded to the venue after catching up with family and buddies.Mighty Mighty decked out ravishingly, a good crowd turning out to see Terror of the Deep and the Axemen, and staying for the sublime DJ-ing of DJ L.S. McCabe, debuting on the virtual wheels of steel.My first time seeing Terror of The Deep, a tribute to William Daymond’s stamina sustaining a typically cool persona and hardly raising a sweat despite playing drums with TOTD before the Axemen’s set, and a nice poppy overall sound with most harmonious harmonies and catchy toons.
The Axemen show probably the tightest yet, William fitting in nicely and looking to be well integrated – first unforced encore of the tour, a tight ‘Carmen On Ice’ bringing the punters to the boil ready to simmer the night away to Axemen DJ’s LSM, Dragan and Stu ‘s ice-cold beats and scratch-happy fingers, a good rest for guitar-solo battered lead fingers. The wizened Wellington crowd soon warmed to and revelled in the eclectic mix of late 70’s / early 80’s punk (Crass, The Fall, the Clash, Gang of Four etc.) 90’s and noughties pop (Britney, Justin Timberlake etc.) early NZ rock’n’roll and 60’s psychedelia.
Ultimately a good time had by all – some fretting early on at the novice dj skills on display but once we read the crowd they were in the palm of our hands, eating the ghost chips – and lovin it!