Reprinted from: http://julianwulifeproject.blogspot.com/2011_12_01_archive.html
By Julian Wu
There’s [malnourished] Boy/[blond bombshell] Girl vocals, as they both switch and swap rhythm and lead guitar.
There’s a real fresh feel to begin with but it’s easy for the mind to ponder when standing in the audience of a Circle Pit gig since there’s nothing really outstanding or mindblowing happening.
That said, they all look pretty cool on stage.
With a rotating cast of players over a 30 year history, The Axemen walk on stage and they’re a motley looking bunch, but for a group that’s infamously sloppy, they can really play, really well. Upbeat, raucous, Kiwi slobs, they really bring it on with good songs, underscored by powerful drumming.
It’s tight and loose all at the same time, with moments of indie bliss, boogie, power pop, rock’n’roll trash, and punk. And they have a song that feature’s Barney Rubble. Nope, I can’t help myself but buy the album.
They play 2 encores, repeat a song from their set, ready for another but are told by the bar man to cease playing. So ends The Axemen’s Melbourne dates on their Australian tour in 2011.