Polish Club 'Christmas in December' Tour Review
On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me Polish Club... singing Mariah Carey.
Thornbury’s Croxton Bandroom was the sweaty arena of choice for the Melbourne edition of Polish Club’s ‘Christmas in December’ tour and from the moment the doors opened, the pub rock vibes were thick in the air. Maybe it’s the carpeted floors, maybe it’s the abundance of tinnies but you can’t help but feel as if you’ve time traveled back to the glory days of 70’s Oz rock. Solid vibe-injected support sets from local shed rock/surf boys DIET. As well as Adelaide’s West Thebarton, who got the punters in the mood and rightly amped for the main drawcard.
The room is heaving as the curtains open to the unmistakable intro of Mariah Carey’s Christmas classic ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’, which the Polish Club boys have not only recorded for our listening pleasure but have produced an incredible accompanying video featuring some very familiar faces. For a band that seem to continuously remind the crowd of their impartiality for the Christmas holiday, the performance of their own songs manage to somehow seamlessly transition into Christmas songs on more than one occasion (Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’ and John Lennon’s ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ sneak their way into the set).
But alas, the crowd had come to the party to hear the boys do what they do best: two-piece sweaty rock interjected with some top-notch onstage banter, spanning from dodgy High St massage parlors to whether Gloria Estefan is dead or not (she’s still very much alive by the way). The Melbourne fans join in on the sweat, singing along with gusto and engaging in a bit of tender head-banging to every track, especially for fan-favourites of ‘Beat Up’ and ‘Divided’. A festive treat sees a few of the guys from West Thebarton join Polish Club in the encore for a very special cover of Powderfinger’s ‘(Baby I’ve Got You) On My Mind’ that gets the Croxton in full voice before closing the set with ‘Able’.
On the back of what has been a monstrous year of touring and the release of their debut album ‘Alright Already’, Polish Club are feeling good. Undoubtedly one of the better live shows of 2017, you feel elated and exhausted after an hour with Novak and John-Henry, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.