One of the things I love about Valhalla is that they consistently put on great, well-priced, line-ups -and last Friday was no exception. Four bands, each of whom had their own distinct sound and style even though they all had heavy punk influences. This created a fun and energetic night filled with catchy songs containing clever lyrics.
It was great to see a decent crowd on the dance floor when the first band, Drunken Gunship, took the stage; but sadly neither their catchy folk-punk songs or highly energetic saxophone player got them moving much beyond a sway. I would love to see this band play to a warmed up crowd.
Sicari followed on next and whilst they may have given a less energetic performance, their heavier alternative-punk sound (perhaps combined with some extra beer) managed to get a handful of people moving.
After a slightly lengthy break Gold Medal Famous brought their infamous show to the stage; and their lively combination of rock, funk, and electropop (with a bit of theremin thrown in for good measure) finally got everyone dancing. They really do put on a show that is as much art as it is music.
The night finished with the young pop-punk band MISHAP, who are possibly one of the most talented young bands I have seen. They have an infectious sound, are perfectly in time with each other, look comfortable on stage, and they engage well with the crowd – you wouldn’t believe that they have only been playing together for less than a year. Add to that some excellent songwriting which creates multi-layered songs with clever yet fun, lyrics and excellent harmonies and this is a band to watch.
What really struck me towards the end of the night was that even though there was a very diverse audience, in both age and appearance/style, we all had a great time. That is one of the many reasons I love Valhalla, everyone is accepted there.
Valhalla is a fantastic, welcoming, music venue that has been the starting point for some of New Zealand’s biggest names. Follow them on Facebook to stay up to date with their events.
Photo credit: Dell Mitchell