It’s not really very fun to head into the night in Melbourne in Winter, but it is always very fun to head out to see La Bastard play. This homegrown surfabilly and good time rock’n’roll band are always a feast for the senses and their gig at the Post Office Hotel in Coburg was no exception.
The pub was like a warm inviting haven, the heady scent of mulled wine simmering at the bar was just about the most comforting smell you could imagine on a night that felt like it might snow at any moment. The atmosphere was relaxed and jovial, you could really tell that everyone was keen to enjoy La Bastard’s last local show before they head off on their Euro tour next week. The crowd was a sea of some very familiar faces (friends of the band) and people who were there to enjoy the free gig and have a drink or two.
Once the band started up they were almost immediately joined for a dance by a man I affectionately dubbed Tai Chi Man; his slow and engaged dance style was fun for the band and the crowd to watch, and helped to entice Ben off the “stage” (not that he ever needs any encouragement) and others up to boogie. One thing I love about La Bastard – they always have the crowd dancing. It’s a blast seeing people dancing in a small pub environment watching a band, and it’s not something that happens very often in my experience.
Interval between the two sets saw people disperse from the front bar and only slowly come back in once the second set started but things kicked up a gear again when they played ‘Call of the Wild‘ and the crowd got back on their feet as Ben and Dick got up on tables and Anna danced around and through the crowd.
If you get a chance to see La Bastard when they get back from Europe, please do. Trust me when I say you’ll be in for a toe tapping good time, and I dare you to not dance.