Photos by Dougal Gorman
You more than likely spend your Sundays hungover with nothing to do… Not anymore!
Factory Theatre, located in the heart of Marrickville, is now the home of Sunday Setlists. Supported by our mates at Young Henry’s, the event brags three separate stages loaded with local talent, so get off your hungover ass and go drink more… or just grease your insides up at their killer food truck.
Despite The Factory courtyard being soaked in rain, it wasn’t enough to stop eager punters coming to support The Toothpicks, Naughty Boys, Avalanche and The Darrans. Naughty Boys are one of my new favourite bands, and you should definitely know about them. With songs about coke-fuelled anxiety and summery anthems about local surfer girls, these guys know how to make catchy music.
These kind of events are great for discovering new bands because you never know what you’re going to come across. I’d never heard of Avalanche before, and I’m extremely glad I have. If there’s one thing I know about these guys, it’s that they know how to rock. With a Van Halen meets Twisted Sister-esque sound, tracks like ‘Get Back (To Fuckwit City)’ make me want to hit Route 66 on a Harley Davison while sculling a beer.
Headlining the night were The Darrans. Whatever it is they have in the Northern Beaches water, I want some. Heavily influenced by Black Flag and Dead Kennedys, these guys play hard and fast like the good ol’ days. You know you’re in for a ride when the set is introduced with, ‘What’s up, motherfuckers?’ Their new, unreleased track ‘Slug’ really got the crowd riled up, and even without lyrics (yet), it’s guaranteed to be a heavy hitter when released.
Throughout the set, word came through that the Penrith Panthers were losing to the Melbourne Storm in the NRL grand final, which the boys were not happy about. Releasing this frustration, songs such as ‘No One’ and ‘Come Steyne’ were thrashed extra hard. As if it couldn’t get any better, local legend and insane illustrator Ben Brown appeared for the final song.