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Buck Dean And The Green Lips @ Solbar Review

  • Written by  Marc Austin-Zande
  • Monday, 15 August 2016 20:14
The Sunshine Coast music scene never ceases to amaze me. I keep finding bands that are truly great and that are packing out local venues.

Saturday night (13 August) at the Solbar was no exception with Buck Dean And The Green Lips headlining. Support acts Fish Milkshake and Dream Thieves both gave tight performances and it was obvious they had plenty of fans in the crowd.

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Fish Milkshake are young (two members had trouble getting back in to the venue after their set) and only a couple of months into it and they are already on top of their game. They played a fantastic set and I’ll be looking to catch them again in the near future when they play Groovestock.

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Fish Milkshake - image © Marc Austin-Zande

Dream Thieves were yet another surprise for me, and yes, a good one. A five-piece rock outfit with influence from the more grungy side of the genre, Dream Thieves took to the stage with an instrumental warm-up and then played a set that reinforced my belief that great things are coming from the Sunshine Coast.

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Dream Thieves - image © Marc Austin-Zande

Buck Dean And The Green Lips. What can I say? I’d seen the name before, but I admit never having seen them perform, other events distracting me from their recent festival appearances.

I really didn’t know what to expect and the name didn’t give anything away about this Sunshine Coast four-piece who have been creating something a little bit different for the last 18 months. Rock, hard and fast, is where these four guys took us from the first note.

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Buck Dean And The Green Lips - image © Marc Austin-Zande

The obvious influence of rock greats shone through. Unrelenting heavy, ‘70s rock with their own modern riffs had the Solbar crowd pumping for the entire set. This was a leap beyond ‘pub rock’ and you couldn’t help but be drawn to the performance.

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Buck Dean And The Green Lips - image © Marc Austin-Zande

These guys have the big, heavy sound and the stage presence that, quite literally, draws the crowd to them and they kept the punters locked to the stage. And it didn’t stop, from start to finish; the entire set was tight and full of energy and with just the right amount of showmanship and crowd involvement.

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Buck Dean And The Green Lips - image © Marc Austin-Zande

Buck Dean And The Green Lips are going places. Buck Dean And The Green Lips have upcoming shows at Mitchell Creek 'N' Blues Fest 16 September and Villa Noosa 14 October. If you’re a fan of heavy, ‘70s influenced rock, don’t miss seeing these guys.

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Buck Dean And The Green Lips - image © Marc Austin-Zande

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