Luca Brasi at The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart, August 28 2016.
A capacity crowd packed into The Brisbane to welcome home Tasmania’s Luca Brasi for the final show of their sold-out If This Is All We’re Going To Be Aussie tour.
A dose of home-grown indie pop kicked us off, with Maddy Jane welcoming in the rabble. Things turned up a notch with The Hard Aches and UK’s Moose Blood; each band delivered a tight performance with a ferocity that had clearly been honed playing night after night on tour. It was the perfect way to warm up for the headliners.
Launching into Say It Back and Drop Out¸ it was immediately clear these new tracks were taking Luca Brasi’s live display to the next level. Aeroplane was a crowd favourite – its huge, sing-a-long chorus proving why it’s one of the best Aussie punk releases of the last decade – and never had so many cans of Cascade Lager been hoisted into the air than during The Cascade Blues. Perhaps the best showcase of Tom Busby’s intricate guitar work, the song also brought a refreshing change of tempo to the set.
Fresh from Luca’s popular Like A Version performance, How to Make Gravy would’ve made Paul Kelly incredibly proud. Maddy Jane returned to the stage for guest vocals, contributing to making this one of the night’s highlights; the ‘Aussieness’ of Luca Brasi’s sound provides the perfect interpretation of this classic.
The remainder of the set was rounded out nicely by Count Me Out, Borders and Statelines and Anything But Conviction – the latter a slow-burner, which built into one of the most impressive hooks and fun choruses of the night.
This was a seriously awesome way to finish a weekend, and top off one hell of an Aussie tour. By the end of the evening, one thing was clear: Tasmania is immensely proud of the lads, and delighted to call them ‘ours.’ Perhaps the Theme Song From HQ lyrics summed the mood up best: “Empty bottles, full hearts and no regrets.”