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Mistletone - MIST093V
Titans of Melbourne's live music scene Cash Savage and the Last Drinks have announced a live LP, Live At Hamer Hall, out on Mistletone Records via Inertia on November 27.
This stunning live album documents a lockdown performance by Cash Savage and the Last Drinks in the iconic venue, and captures the ferocity of the band's live show, astonishingly without an audience.
Cash Savage explains the grim backstory of "Fun in the Sun": "We've watched the world get hotter. We've watched Australia burn. We've watched as year after year the top scientists get disregarded by the dickheads we've voted for. We've been warned, we've been shown, we can feel it, we know it's real, it's the end of mammals, it's the end of society, it's the end.
"But what a beautiful sunny day it is today. Better put your hat on and some SPF 50+ sunscreen and disengage, because that's all we have left."
Reflecting on the Hamer Hall performance, she adds; "There were mixed emotions going into this performance. Melbourne had fared well through the first lockdown, and as we were rehearsing for this, it felt like we were going to come out of it okay. By the time we performed, it was the very beginnings of the second wave.
"Having the opportunity to play Hamer Hall was huge. It was an adjustment of expectations to think of it as a gig with no audience. We decided to make this something different - not a gig with no audience - its own thing. A performance in one movement. No gaps, no empty space. No back and forth with the crowd. Just us.
"We didn't intend on releasing it when we recorded it. It was performed for the moment.
"When we received the first mix, Melbourne's COVID-19 situation had got worse. Nao Anzai's mix was epic, and listening to it - knowing it was going to be a while before we could perform again - made it even more precious.
"The band and I are very proud of this performance and appreciate how special it is, in this time, to have been able to do it."
Human, I Am
Better Than That
Fun In The Sun