Sloth Archive

Soul-a-Go-Go 2017 (Nightcat)

How long since I’ve been in the cat? A go-going again. Let the flood lights of the union freeze the man ignoring Mayday. Here, darkness, pressed metal grunge. Fulton Street  funked it up. Soul driven had me riven to the dance floor.

MCM Chamber Choir 2017 Petite Messe Solennelle (Melba Hall)

Priceless. A gift. Cinema comfort seats, deco décor, thirty beautiful voices in splendour. A smoky grey floor length gown with shawl, two valour jackets, one emerald, one crimson. And then they opened their mouths like young birds and sang like old souls.

Lucy and the Night Sky 2017 Album Launch (Courthouse Theatre, Geelong)

Baby grand piano one of the dreams in this night of beauty. Invictus one of many highlights. Chopin’s death march with dirty guitar. Waiting for next album’s eerie protest anthem, voicing the unease of Australian living. ‘Don’t let the red dust settle.’

Peter Hook and the Light 2017 Substance (Corner Hotel, Richmond)

A double set all lush with met desire. ‘Seems like I’ve been here before’. Others too. Loo-talk snippet: ’My dad’s and my entire relationship up there on the stage’. Another woman vomits, her friend holds her hair. The eighties, still here. Powerhouse.    

Science Gallery 2017 Blood (University of Melbourne)

  Blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood, blood.  

The Rhonda Senbergs Collection 2017 Pictures and Music: Rhonda Senbergs Slide Night (SLV)

Layers of archival ‘wash over’. Chill-loving dad watching his son repeat his patterns, holding a glaze-dipped coffee cup. Bright blue Monaro with a P plate. Plus smoking, lushes, Hawke and other people other people know. Strong invincible women. Slide night, family favourite.  

Stephanie Lake Company 2017 Pile of Bones (Arts House)

The mechanistic body, that old Newtonian trope, mesmerising put to music that techno-grooves to the didge. Fluid streams of shared sweat, beginning as one, moving apart then together like water under stress, pushing the flow of the other to the gawp.

Julie Ducournau Raw 2016 (RTV)

See the work from wherever you’re situated, so why not read these sisters as eating the patriarchy, baring teeth to the cult of stolen flesh. Vindication, cold despair, waxing fingers nibbled to the bone and a two-finger (what a waste) hairball choke.

CCDisco 2017 Club Coco by Day (Evelyn Rooftop)

Dancing in Melbourne sunshine like eating dark chocolate the moment I wake up. Strong sweet luscious love. Much depth in the groove, all of us digging in hard for the dance. Only CCDisco could get my arms up to the Bee Gees.

Stavrina Dimitriou, George Malliaros, Achilles Yiangoulli, Dean Georgalas, Con Kalamaras, Ilias Gilos 2017 Stelios Kazantzidis – A Live Tribute (Caravan Club)

Men of love throw their heads back and sing of bitter lips, white shirts. Sweeping selection of 1,500 songs recorded by Kazantzidis, some from long before his time. After his time, here we are. Octogenarian up on a table, clicking, swaying with song.