The Pitys – Idgaff Bar, May 8

Having formed just under six months or so ago, four-piece punk rock outfit The Pitys launched their debut album Being An Embarrassment on Wednesday. The night was a celebration of punk, their performance first and foremost showcasing an array of new material fresh off the album interspersed with the occasional familiar tune.

Before The Pitys took to the stage, and playing for perhaps the last time under their current band name, were hard indie/pop band Isiym followed by the deep, powerful vocals of emerging Melbourne-based rock outfit Much Much More. Both supports built excitement levels towards the anticipated headlining act, the latter of the two performing a purely instrumental jam, drawing attention to the guitar melody.

At last it was time for the main act to plug in. Almost immediately, The Pitys boys elicited an energetic aura as they shook the old, peeling red plastered walls of the Idgaff. Their set felt like they had been making music together for a lot longer than the mere half year since they joined forces. The Pitys started out the night by inducing instant smiles among the audience as they recognised Ray Parker Jr.’s crowd favourite ‘Ghostbusters’; a tune still so infectious no matter how hard people resisted they couldn’t help but shout back the chorus.

This energy lifted again as The Pitys broke into their very own ‘Happy After All’. A very catchy tune flaunting Nigel Caulfield’s witty and bittersweet lyric, “If ignorance is bliss, then I guess I was happy after all.”

During the third track ’51st’, guitarist Danny Churchward’s string snapped. Remaining remarkably cool given the unfortunate circumstances, he continued to strum on for the remainder of the track before borrowing another guitar for the rest of the show. It was a pity (pun very much intended) the crowd was reasonably small, although in saying this, the group congregated before the stage were evidently passionate about the music being played. It was a fun and positive atmosphere, no doubt contributing to an already excitable Nigel’s decision to leap into the crowd, bass in hand, avidly bopping about with the audience.

“It was awesome that people actually came out on a Wednesday of all nights,” The Pitys lead singer Nigel Caulfield said after the show. “If people make the effort to come all the way out to see us then I wanna make sure I put in every ounce of effort I can into the performance to return the favour. I mean, I think it was halfway through ‘Pious Punk’ I was pretty sure I was about to faint as a result of all the stupid jumping around I did, but I managed to pull through to the end… which was good. Not fainting is always preferable.”

A personal favourite of their original tunes was ‘Single Click Activist’, and the wonderful raw energy of their live performance isn’t wholly captured by the recorded version of the track. It draws together the combination of particularly strong melody and lyrics, conveying the irony of the Information Age being seen as some kind of social revolution which could not be further from the reality. This song perhaps best encapsulates a snapshot of the underlying potential The Pitys hold looking ahead into the future.

Originally published at Everguide.


About Alana Mitchelson

Alana Mitchelson is a journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Follow her on Twitter at @AlanaMitchelson.

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