One Dollar Short, For Amusement Only, The Mad Dash, Something With Numbers One Dollar Short, For Amusement Only, The Mad Dash and Something With Numbers
Article By Cindy James on Jun 20, 2002
One Dollar Short, For Amusement Only, The Mad Dash, Something With Numbers
Arriving early to where we “thought” our concert destination was, we entered through the venue doors ready for the afternoon’s all age gig that lay ahead of us, only to find ourselves surrounded by grannies in Wyong RSL wearing white bowling attires ready to rock on… NOT! Back tracking, embarrassed and lost as we were, we kept searching, before spotting a friend drive past, offering us a lift to our desired destination… Wyong Leagues Club!
Something With Numbers
Arriving at the correct venue, we purchased our tickets and caught the Central Coasts own “Something With Numbers” throwing out emotionally charged lyrics and guitar orientated songs, giving Melbourne punkers FAO their first taste of the Coasts’ scene.
Sydney ska outfit “The Mad Dash” were up next, picking up a few skankers on the way. Unfortunately most of the crowd were sitting, looking really un-entertained which gave this bands performance a downer feeling. But, never the less The Mad Dash rocked hard, punching out their strong reggae undertones and loud horns. The band needed more crowd involvement, but with more Coast gigs I’m sure they’ll get used to our scene.
Everyone rose to their feet when FAO burst on stage rocking out to the fast rising mosh pit. These Melbournites began to pump out a heap of new & old tunes from ‘Amy’ to the un-released ‘Times like these’.
This stage performance kicked ass. Front men Novo, Tim and Benno pausing and unpausing at each drum beat, leaving Drummer Chuckles entertaining us punters, standing on his drum chair mimicking the stiff paused front men leaving us all puzzled, yet gasping with anticipation of their next move. After FAO’s little stage antics came bass player
Ben’s own song, thanking everyone for coming and introducing the band, member by member. This was a tight but relaxed performance and I can’t wait to see this band again!
Finally our headliners for this afternoon's show “One Dollar Short”, all dressed in black, marched on stage ready to rock their hometown. The boys began their diverse set with tunes off their pop punk debut E.P “from the start” before soaring through their more emo-core latest releases of “eight days away”. The sound was loud, their stage presence was polished and these guys knew how to sing! The contrasting vocals and gut wrenching screaming both front man Scott.E Woods and Bass player Adam Check sang, brought the crowed to stand still while they ripped through “Colour Red”, taken from their latest release.
The set moved on as the bands’ new single “Is This The Part?” was singled out as the crowds favourite, with the audience’s vocal participation. One hip jiver from the
crowed took a chance, jumping up on stage to show us his stuff, before diving back into the ‘pit and being thrown out by event security.
The ODS boys gave a powerfully charged set with mixed reactions given from the crowed separating the old fans from the new.