One Drunk Mums punter broke his foot…even he was still smiling

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One Drunk Mums punter broke his foot…even he was still smiling

Words by Chris Hockey. Photography by Matthew Toohey

Having just returned home from a huge UK/European tour, hard rocking punk legends Drunk Mums graced the stage at Max Watts on Saturday night before an adoring audience.

Celebrating the release of their lively fourth record Beer Baby, Drunk Mums once again proved why they are one of the most respected rock and roll bands in the country as they burned through a blistering set of their beloved pub rock anthems.

Kicking off the night in style, Melbourne heavy metal outfit Aardvark brought their classic 80s sound to the party, expertly navigating their way through a set of Judas Priest inspired riffs, lightening fast leads and impressive vocal gymnastics. Next up was local punk act Street Sweeper, playing their first show as a three piece after a recent lineup change. The absence of a second guitar did not slow down the trio in the slightest, with their heavy brand of dissonant punk rock going down a treat with the rowdy crowd.

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Drunk Mums walked onto the stage with the confidence of a road-hardened band firing on all cylinders, and that’s exactly what they turned out to be. The show was their last in a string of thirty and it was clear how tight they have become from the jump. With their groovy old pawn shop guitars blasting the audience with a wall of thunderous power chords, an energetic mosh pit immediately sprang up and only grew more enthusiastic as the show went on.

What was inescapably evident throughout the night is that Drunk Mums are a band that make people happy. The diverse, multi-generational crowd at Max Watts were grinning from ear to ear during the band’s raucous set and there was a distinctly celebratory feeling in the room. One unfortunate punter had to be wheeled out of the venue having broken his foot, and even he was still smiling as he lit a cigarette and waited for an ambulance without a word of complaint.

The highlight of the band’s riotous performance was a stirring rendition of their latest single, Beer Baby’s lead track New Australia. With many in the crowd singing along with every word, it would seem that the catchy two minute punk tune has become a favourite amongst Drunk Mums fans and for good reason. All of the band’s new songs sounded fantastic live, and now with four powerful, gritty and beer soaked albums under their belt, Drunk Mums are showing no signs of slowing down.

Enticing a bunch of Northside punks into the CBD is no mean feat these days, but Drunk Mums are certainly worth the tram ride, yuppies be damned. Swanston Street overrun by a sea of leather jackets is a beautiful sight, and I’m sure it’s not the last time we’ll have this band to thank for it.

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