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Intentions + Hira Hira + Mere Women @ Sandringham Hotel
02/12/2010

Upon arriving at the former heavy metal haven that is the Sandringham Hotel, we were met with one cup of bad news - the bands were playing in the small room, where the sound isn't as good and the sweltering conditions are enough to send a half-British weakling like me right to the edge of Comfort Hill; and a fairly large spoon of good news - Reschs on tap.

Not exactly sure how it started, but me and "The Fellas" have been fairly into Reschs lately. Maybe it's a primitive insecurity of our masculinity, some deep-seeded patriotism or purely the financial refuge, either way there's no denying that it's a detail that's completely unnecessary within the context of this review.

At this point let's just assume I built a successful segway, and then rode that Future Transport Device right from the factory that makes my current favourite beer to the avenues, alleyways and rehearsal spaces that my current favourite Sydney band, Intentions, call home.

I've watched Intentions rapidly evolve their sound over the past year or so. From slightly underwhelming performances in front of less than a dozen people, to being the single-focused unit that successfully dropped jaws, creamed jeans and descriptive verb, descriptive verb at this launch. In front of the same dozen people. (Nah, just kidding aye, there were heaps of legends/cunts there).

Possibly a compliment aimed specifically at recently recruited guitarist, Vidan Ristevski, but the band have also really tightened up (their sound) over the past few performances, transitioning from "charmingly sloppy" to their current cohesive, distinct sound. With this being the band's EP launch there was destined to be a feeling of self-congratulatory triumph floating around the room like summer armpit stench. But, amidst the "well done, you made it" banners, cheers from interstate relatives and hugs from drunken bums, the group's performance was worthy of the victory lap celebration, not only delivering an almost faultless half-hour of mathy-punk goodness, but also successfully not getting caught up in the moment.

Mere Women and Hira Hira both did admirable jobs as support bands earlier in the evening. Not sure if Hira Hira are at the height of their game at the moment though, as they seem to have recently fallen on the wrong side of the Chaos Vs Sloppy Graph Of Success. Although, this is more than likely down to me/them now being slightly over-exposed to their material.

Mr Tenzenmen was there too and he took some great photos (above and below). Speaking of the man, you can buy Intentions' debut EP, Unto Dust, from his web store right now. And we think you should. We really really think you should.

Mere Women

Hira Hira

Intentions

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