‘Delicately drifting from tough to tender’: Cash Savage and the Last Drinks live at the Corner Hotel

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‘Delicately drifting from tough to tender’: Cash Savage and the Last Drinks live at the Corner Hotel

Cash Savage and the Last Drinks
words by James Ayris

At this year's annual Reclink Community Cup, co-coach of the Rockdogs team Coach Cash delivered a pre-game pep talk like I’ve never heard before.

I won’t reveal much of the magic that unfolded in those locker rooms that day but I will say that Cash Savage’s coach talk was one that I’ll carry with me forever.

To hear those same words and vulnerabilities echo through The Last Drinks music at the Corner Hotel, is infectious to the point where the only emotions I could muster up at the show were reposefulness and hope.

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A sold out show to close off The Last Drinks’ national tour for their new album So This Is Love (a second Melbourne show has been added for July 21) was kicked off by support from Gut Health with their sharply angular and contagiously staccato sounds. The addition of a percussionist (the last time I caught them they didn’t have one) was a welcomed one, incorporating ride bell flourishes and syncopated snare hits that complimented the drummers effortlessly controlled playing.


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Gut Health’s electric stage presence and frenetic energy was a perfect way to open the night, letting the crowd release some excitement that couldn’t be withheld once Cash Savage And The Last Drinks trickled onto stage.

Opening the night with Keep Working At Your Job and into $600 Short On The Rent, The Last Drinks find a seamless dynamic from playing politically charged anthems to oeuvre’s of mental fragility. The seven-piece band delicately drift from tough to tender and their chemistry together is as compelling to watch on stage as it is to listen to. Cash Savage is a beam of energy, armed only with a vision and a microphone, and doesn’t hold back at the mercy of her emotions as she blazons the crowd with an intimate and enthralling performance.


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Even though the songs from the new album So This Is Love are deeply vulnerable and explore themes of depression and mental fragility, the affection and positivity that the band share together on stage and toward the crowd when performing is so striking that it’s hard not to be overwhelmed with joy when hearing songs such as the album title track or Hold On. It’s a testament to the overarching mission that the band have pursued throughout the last ten years, which is to just let the music talk. Something I believe Cash Savage would agree with too as she laid into the idea of an encore and firmly insisted there won’t be one on the night.

The night erupted to a close with Fun In The Sun and the curtains were drawn. This colossus of a band has captured a celestial spirit in their live shows that you can’t miss and they show no signs of slowing down either.

Grab tickets to Cash Savage and the Last Drinks’ second Melbourne show on July 21 by heading here.