Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks @ Melbourne Zoo

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I was on a romantic date with my best friend and we were expecting to see all a lot of animals and be the only adults there without children at a twilight concert at the Melbourne Zoo.

Now, I didn’t do my research and had no idea that you had to be there before 7pm to see the animals. Needless to say we were very disappointed when the paths were blocked off, all I wanted was to see some red pandas. The sitting area looked really pretty though and they had some amazing smelling (expensive) food trucks, we should have had dinner beforehand.

Finding a spot on the grass, we laid out a work apron to sit on and I brought out the only thing I remembered, chocolate (duh). Melbourne band, The Twerps, treated us to some great melodies and simple guitar lines, similar to Real Estate.

The crowd had a lot more people in their 20’s than I expected but still consisted of mainly families. Which is why Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks were strange to watch. I felt like I was watching part awkward, stand-up comedy routine and part pub gig. The actual music was great, I loved the mix of keyboard in the set, but they did not feel at home on the stage. Stepehen Malkmus’ vocals and vibe sounded basically the same as Pavement, his band from the 1990s. Songs with titles like “Cinnamon and Lesbians” and various sexual innuendo jokes probably weren’t appropriate for a Zoo setting.

The older crowd did seem to enjoy themselves though and they got called on for an encore. At that point we ran off and treated ourselves to some cheap pizza back in the city.

Twilight concerts are on at the Zoo every Friday and Saturday night until the 7th of March, including Cat Empire and Sarah Blasko, just make sure you get there before 7pm to see the animals. Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks are playing at the Gasometer on Thursday 6th of March and the following night at Toff In Town.

THE BREAKDOWN:

Hometown: Portland, USA.

Latest album: Wig Out at Jagbags, released 9th January, 2014.

Sounds like: Pavement, Beck, Parquet Courts.

Say what? Their song “Senator” is about politicians wanting blowjobs and Jack Black features in the music video.

So that’s it, Nadia.

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