Massive’s attack on the UK continues at pace with a full headline tour and spot on this year’s Ramblin’ Man Fair Rising Stage. HRH Mag caught up with the Aussie upstarts midway through their summer club run.

 

Brad Marr is a bloke’s bloke. He loves beer. He loves birds. And he loves singing in a band. There’s nothing politically correct about this wise-cracking career Aussie. And his best one-liners need work. But that’s all part of Marr’s cheeky charm.

Midway through the band’s full throttle rock and roll set, the frank frontman confessed he formed Massive with long-time pal (and drummer) Jarrod Medwin to ‘meet chicks and get rich’. As Marr was neither surrounded by groupies nor rolling in cash (he’s promoting this tour as well as playing on it – and the band’s van is about to break down) in a half-full basement it appears the grand plan remains a work in progress. But there’s time yet. And there’s a sense that the battle is being won.

You see Massive are in no mood to throw in the towel and retreat to Melbourne with their tails between their legs. In fact welcome talk of new tunes and a follow-up to last spring’s Destination Somewhere proves there’s life in the old dog yet. And if the big payday remains tantalisingly out of reach then it’s not for a lack of killer tunes, trademark Aussie attitude and sheer determination. This might have been a tiny club show on a Tuesday night but Massive boast all the tools necessary to take their rough and ready anthems to the next level.

Marr and his mates are naturals. Turn on the lights, turn up the volume (which all four were keen to do) and this frantic four-piece is in its element. Lead guitarist Ben Laguda – back in the band after a brief absence – looked happier than most as he mixed crisp solos with increasingly endearing pleas for a pint. It’s difficult to recall a moment when the riff lord wasn’t wearing a smile as wide as the Yarra.

Rolling out a deep cut from debut Full Throttle in the shape of Best Of Both Worlds was a masterstroke. Marr revealed the epic tune (the album version clocks in at more than six minutes) had never been played live in the UK but who knows why? On this evidence going back to the future could be the best way forward.

Fellow Aussies Tequila Mockingbyrd – the remodelled three-piece built around powerhouse drummer Josie O’Toole – had kicked things off before Liverpool’s answer to Guns N Roses, Black Cat Bones, added some old school sleaze-tinged hair metal to the party. Both bands joined Massive for an all-star jam of AC/DC’s Highway To Hell – a five-minute celebration of balls-to-the-wall rock and roll that summed up one of the feelgood gigs of the summer.

Marr might still be searching for the girls and the money but a foxy chick and a vast fortune is no substitute for playing in a band and drinking beer with your three best mates. Honestly.

Images courtesy of Adam Kennedy