Easter at the Milk Factory Bar (Brisbane, QLD)

18 April 2019 at Milk Factory Bar

The Milk Factory bar, restaurant and band room resides within the walls of the 1891 heritage Montague Hotel – but tonight the old pub was blasted into the 21st Century with three local Brisbane bands.

Kicking off the Easter Eve celebrations and their first ever show was Trent Rezin – YES you read correctly. This is a 3 piece consisting of Nick on bass, Owen with vox/guitar and Joe on drums. Beginning with a cover of Just Ace by Grinspoon and then blasting through another 7 original songs of a similar vein. Up beat and full of energy – all the best of luck with the future lads.

Thanks to the next band Surreal, So Real for hosting and organising the gig. A fun set of Pop Punk with Nick and Rowan sharing the vocals whilst sharing their enthusiasm for their music and having a good old time. Catch them at their next gig supporting Snake Bite Whiskey at Tomcat. Follow the event here .

Headlining the evening were groove grungers The New Calm. Testing the 101 decibel level of the Milk Factory they got their dedicated fans rocking along to their all original songs. The 3 piece consists of Anthony on drums, Guillaume slapping along on bass and Gary rocking it out playing his Gibson and working his pipes impressing the audience with his vocal range. Pumping out an 8 song set kicking off with To Be Honest, then halfway through, the haunting organ effect introduction to Halfway Down and then my personal favourite Mountain. The lyrics of the third song of the night – “Basic” are poignant reminders of the current world situation – showing that The New Calm are not basic at all and they can also make you think. Here is a snippet of the lyrics – “World around us burning, pray to the God of nothing, You will offer my head on a plate, War machine let me go. There is no other time in history where we burn.”

I overheard some fellows say they sounded similar to Soundgarden – and if that isn’t a compliment then I don’t know what is?!

Catch them on the 30th May at the Back Room and stay tuned for more gigs. Support your local bands – music is life!

Line-up: The New Calm, Surreal So Real, Trent Rezin

Reviewer: Tina Summers