Ash and Kram Krash
It would most certainly be a cliche to say Ash Grunwald and Kram (Spiderbait) "Krashed" into The Byron Bay Brewery on Saturday night.
But, what if they did? The duo calls itself Krash, and crash, bang, boom is what they are about.
There was blues, roots and a whole lot of rock'n'roll coming from the Aussie icons.
The duo's debut performance was, as they had promised, a fluid jam session.
They shared vocal duties. If Ash was up front it was a rich blues sound, while Kram rammed in his rock influence when it was his turn.
The boys, who live in Byron Bay, had it together for the first hour. There was an outline to proceedings and it all melded well.
A cover of The Doors classic Roadhouse Blues was introduced with the admission by Ash he originally objected to it, "but then I heard this guy play it and he rocked".
The cover was the only song familiar to the crowd's ears, but you would never have guessed it as they struggled to keep still, bouncing and bounding along to every beat.
Krash recorded at Byron Bay's 301 Studios in a three-hour session recently, snippets of which were used to psychedelic effect throughout the gig via Grunwald's mounted iPad.
There were builds and drum rolls and a few missed cues, but in the sense of a musical jam vibe the set was perfect.
About an hour in, Ash admitted to the crowd: "As you may have realised we don't really know what we're doing ... ."
Up until that point it didn't matter, but as they continued and with the reminder these guys can sit down and play for hours at a time, the crowd thinned.
The set was raw and you get the feeling it would lose its charm if it was polished. Look forward to hearing the album.