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Augie March

with Dan Kelly and the Alpha Males


I only recently discovered the brilliance of Augie March, by chance, as a I was making the long drive back from St Helen's to Hobart. It was a Sunday afternoon and I was listening to the radio (something I rarely do) – the song was breathtaking and the album title, 'Moo, You Bloody Choir' was captivatingly strange.

  

It was my third Friday (in a row) at the Republic to a see a band. The venue is a lovely place to go during the colder months, with its log fires and well loved couches.

  

As I entered and noticed the words 'sold out' written over Augie March's name I was a little disappointed. I have spent the last couple of the venue's gigs struggling to see (granted, I am 4ft 11) and breathe in the crowded surrounds. I think capacity crowds are a fantastic thing in Hobart, but sometimes it would be nice to watch a band in comfort – some bands don't suit the sweaty, sardine-effect that a packed pub evokes.

  

The night began at 10pm with Melbourne-based band, Dan Kelly and the Apha Males. I found Dan's songs and style quite unique – and really enjoyed the backing vocals and music of his Alpha Males. Their set was quite long, about an hour in length, with my favourite track 'Step Forward' from their 2004 album 'Sing the Tabloid Blues'.

  

Then after a lot of sound checks and guitar tuning by a lone roadie / assistant (something I had never seen at the Republic before), Augie March took to the stage – beards, hair and a quirky hat.

  

At that point, The Republic was filled to capacity – but I managed to find a spot near the side of the stage – getting a passable side-on-view of the band at work.

  

They began with 'Cold Acre' – from their new album 'Moo, You Bloody Choir'. Their 11 song set felt short but then again, you could say it was "quality over quantity".

  

My favourite songs of the night were 'Mother Greer', 'Thin Captain Crackers', 'There's No Such Place' a solo effort from singer/songwriter Glenn, and the final song of the night 'This Train will Be Taking No Passengers'.

  

The night was extremely crowded but it was wonderful to see Augie March play live. The only other downsides of the night would be the sound problems – you could see the band struggling with the issue – strange squealing, and for me difficulties in hearing Glenn speak between songs which made me feel like I may of missed something important.

  

I left feeling a bit sad that I didn't get a better view of the band and I would of loved to hear a few more songs from their amazing albums, which thanks to iTunes, I have now heard all in their entireity. Hopefully, they return to Tasmania soon.

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