Beetle Bar Rocks with the New Christs and HITS

New Christs, Hits, Dirty F Holes Beetle Bar, Brisbane 22/08/2014


Rob Younger and his Merry Men “The New Christs”

Well I must be a fan. Driving up the M1, rain bucketing down, off to the Brisbane CBD. But it was a pretty good bill, and I have seen two of the bands before, and thus the reason for going. The New Christs with Radio Birdman’s Rob Younger and his mighty band of troubadours, always put on a good show, with Hits, up and coming and rocking out, and a band I had not seen before the dirty F Holes.


The venue, the Beetle Bar in Brisbane’s CBD, just near Roma Street station, is a great place to see any band. Tight, compact, a solid building which creates a solid sound, which is good from almost anywhere inside. It does have a mezzanine floor as well, where even the shortest rock fan can grab a view, and see the whole show from a different angle.


The “Dirty F Holes” were the first band  I saw on-stage, grungy, hard rocking, and seem to have a fair bit of a keen following up in Brissy. They rock out and warmed everyone up for what was to come.


Hits were next on-stage, and they seem to be gaining velocity each show I see them, rocking harder, and really showing what a good outfit they are. The are looking like being the next big thing, twin blazing girl guitars from Stacey and Tamara, solid rhythm section of Gregor Mulvey and Andy B. But of course you can’t leave out the the mini bearded Iggy Pop-like Evil Dick. Once again he gave another theatrical performance, feeding off the crowds energy. The crowd loved them, so did I, and they have big fans in The New Christs as well. Rob Younger the producer of their latest album “HIKIKOMORI”, and I love how they describe their style on their Facebook page, “Rock Cockhead”, they do.


Next were the New Christs, Rob Younger and the lads pumped it out, high energy to deep and brooding, snap-tight and rocking. There has been many members of this band over 20 or so years, but this line up has been a constant for the last 5 years or so, and they gel, and really are one on stage. Brilliant music talent and to me Rob Younger’s voice really suits his New Christs outfit.


“My Existence” was one song which pumped it out, and they even dug back to one of my favourites from 20 years ago “Born Out of Time”. A great mix of twin guitar attack, some keyboards mixed in and always that heart pumping beat. The support bands were in the crowd rocking out which really shows the respect, and the quality this band has.


My ears are still ringing as I write this review, but yes the night and the 2 am drive home through the rain back to the Gold Coast was well worth it.



Well I must be a fan…. Driving up the M1 to Brisbane as the rain pelted down