18 Oct 2021

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Elemeno P - Gig Review: Elemeno P @ Mornington Tap House, Dunedin - 25/03/2021

27 Mar 2021 // A review by Darryl Baser

The opening act Marlin's Dreaming slide into a well-chosen opening number. Opening with gently strummed chords, and a drum machine, which the drummer synced with well when he came in.

The singer has a good range, the bunker under the Mornington Tavern filled up gradually, and by the end of the show it looked like they’d had about 200 people through the door.

Their second song reminded me of 90's UK shoegaze.

Before the third song, Marlins Dreaming’s singer says gidday, mumbles the band's name and says, "we're honoured to be opening up for Elemeno P, we grew up listening to that shit, still do." Paul, my reviewing buddy for the evening guesses Kings of Leon are also an influence.

A couple of songs later, including an art rock instrumental which left many in the growing crowd talking loudly, and then not even politely applauding.

They follow with a more standard alt pop tune during which the singer's guitar could out jangle any of the Dunedin bands of the 1980's.

Pretty good set, tough to be a band unknown in these parts to open up for a heritage act like Elemeno P.

There was a decent break before Elemeno P came on - it takes big cajoles to have Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody as your walk on song.

Opening with Nirvana featuring the classic line, "I like Nirvana, it doesn't mean I'll shoot myself". Verona then follows and there’s about 200 people singing along with Dave ‘Gibbo’ Gibson.

There could have been another 150 to 200 people here easily, but it's a bloody good pa, and the basement venue is fabulous.

Goodbye is a stunning 6/8 ballad, which has more of the crowd singing.

After The Benjamins Dave introduces the band, and it turns out guitarist Justyn Pilbrow was born in Dunedin, as was Scotty Pearson on drums.

Fast Times In Tahoe had everyone singing along, and many cell phones filming. It's easily got to be among the Kiwi greats.

Dave asks people to give it up for Marlins Dreaming, and says Elemeno P are honoured to share a stage with them, he says "if you haven't heard them, follow them on Spotify and stream that shit".

The band begins On My Balcony, which Dave says they’ve "played it four times in 20 years", it's dedicated to Don, who is celebrating an anniversary, birthday in January, or something.

Everyday’s A Saturday is another dead set banger, since before that expression was a thing. It's an incredible song, especially live. Newest member Jessie Booth smashes Justin's solo out of the park.

Weed Out is another live anthem, and let's face it, mentioning 'weed' is an easy way to get people engaged, especially if you also mention a '40oz'.

11:57 has the crowd singing along with what they remember. There's a solid contingent at the front, but also pockets of people singing the call and response parts. Dave, is a great front man, interacting with audience members as if he was one on one.

Dave, introduces drummer Scotty Pearson to the mic, and they bust into The Ramones' I Wanna Be Sedated. Nice work - it's a top version, and a great addition to the set.

Following with, the Weezer tune Say It Ain't So, and encores for the Verlaine's Death And The Maiden, it's a hell of a way to end a show in Dunedin. The band exits as Dave serenades the well-satisfied crowd with a brief acoustic version of Fast Times In Tahoe.

Photos courtesy of Andrew @ Keaphotos


About Elemeno P

Pop music: an expression of the current consciousness of what’s happening. An onomatopoetic description for sure, a boom, a bang that jolts and shakes things around, it can shift and change into many forms, its chameleon nature becomes seductive. Phil Spector called the stuff he did "little symphonies", encapsulated stories about life that has just as much resonance as the high brow classical form he borrowed from. Pop music is the sound of the actual, all the little details of how we live our lives, the soundtrack to our reality.

Elemeno P make pop music that bangs, guitar power pop with big choruses that is an invitation to a party next to a pool with lots of girlies, where the summer is endless and school or work is but a distant memory. Choice.

Dave Gibson describes the band as "We’re just happy people" and Dave is indeed a person full of the jollification that life can bring. But don’t let that cloud your perspective, he has a solid background in musical performance. Playing in a variety of acts: Queen City Big Band, hardcore band Nickel and in 1998 toured Eastern Europe in a band called Elephant, where he broke his back - the fun has to stop sometimes. He’s also somewhat of a of a media veteran, having appeared in numerous commercials and featuring in the film The Locals and also a stint as a radio DJ. Surprisingly finding time to complete a commerce degree, he’s a man who knows what to do and how to do it.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Elemeno P


Elemeno P
Year: 2008
Type: Album
Trouble In Paradise
Year: 2005
Type: Album
Love & Disrespect
Year: 2003
Type: Album
Fast Times In Tahoe
Year: 2002
Type: EP
Every Day's A Saturday
Year: 2002
Type: EP
Year: 2002
Type: EP

Other Reviews By Darryl Baser

Michael Llewellyn - Album Review: Oh My Darling
14 Oct 2021 // by Darryl Baser
Even though the press for Michael Llewellyn’s Oh My Darling album describe it as "a break up album in its purest", it seems he may have worked through some of the heartache and misery by the time he recorded it. It begins with the up-tempo Doolie, which sounds like a new romance beginning, full of love and hope.
Montgomery - Single Review: Lonely, Only
17 Sep 2021 // by Darryl Baser
George Manning AKA Montgomery releases Lonely, Only today, and, oh my gosh, it’s a hauntingly beautiful song. In a world where for many artists their next single release has to be even more of a banger than their last, Montgomery’s Lonely, Only is packed full of heart and gentle charm.
Gig Review: PRINS @ Dog With Two Tails, Dunedin - 31/07/2021
01 Aug 2021 // by Darryl Baser
Solo guy Alex Dykes opens up the evening using a kick drum trigger for a regular thump, an acoustic guitar, and a voice which is well-worn beyond his years. As he begins playing those who were hanging out in the cafe come through.
Miss Leading - Album Review: Minor Thing
23 Jul 2021 // by Darryl Baser
When reviewing albums by artists you’ve never heard of can be a lottery, sometimes you don’t quite ‘get’ the album, and sometimes you’re like ‘wow’. Minor Thing by Miss Leading is totally in the ‘wow’ category.
Gig Review: Drax Project @ Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin - 02/06/2021
04 Jul 2021 // by Darryl Baser
Auckland based singer AACACIA was onstage and singing with her band as many people walked in at 7:25pm ahead of the advertised start time. In 2019 AACACIA posted a clip asking to play support to Drax Project, and last night she did.
Reuben Hudson - Single Review: Baby Bedside
23 May 2021 // by Darryl Baser
There are many things which can derail a musician’s career, although Reuben Hudson’s reasoning may be a little less common than most. He had kidney transplant surgery in 2020.
Vann Dizon - Single/Video Review: Let You Go
08 May 2021 // by Darryl Baser
Wow. Beautifully written, lyrics with heart, the composition is top form, and the production sets this song as a potential chart topper.
Jiahu Symbols - Single Review: Northern Exposure
17 Apr 2021 // by Darryl Baser
An interesting song, Jiahu Symbols' Northern Exposure opens with a guitar swathed in chorus, maybe a little tremolo, with a couple of bars before the song crashes into life. The verse structure is played a couple of times, before Andrew Murray-Brown begins singing.
View All Articles By Darryl Baser

NZ Top 10 Singles

    Elton John And Dua Lipa
    Lil Nas X feat. Jack Harlow
  • STAY
    The Kid LAROI And Justin Bieber
    Ed Sheeran
    Ed Sheeran
    Glass Animals
    Billie Eilish
    THE ANXIETY, WILLOW And Tyler Cole
    Doja Cat
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem