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Minimum Chips, Rob Roy

I went along to the Minimum Chips EP launch at the Rob Roy tonight. Other than the tracks from Gardenesque, they played a lot of new material. No, really. And it was quite impressive. Now they've got even less of an excuse for not recording a new album.

Between songs, Nicole entertained the audience with her dialogues with various hecklers, on topics such as Evan Dando's drug habits (apparently he's into something called Crackstasy), the Brisbane Gothic Scene (apparently it's huge), and whether Minimum Chips are electroclash (apparently they are, even though none of their songs are about snorting cocaine with movie stars or anything like that).

Oh, and they're playing on the Wednesday after this coming one at the First Floor (i.e., Chapel St.'s beachhead on Brunswick St., a haunt of the Beautiful People best known for its house music, overpriced drinks and tabletop Galaga machine). Apparently the First Floor people are booking more bands, including rockers Registered Nurse, which strikes me as rather odd.

There are 6 comments on "Minimum Chips, Rob Roy":

Posted by: Alex http:// Sun Aug 3 04:34:49 2003

Wait, is tabletop Galaga a good thing or a bad thing? I have to know whether to sneer at this place or not. I always wondered why these units were called 'tabletop' or 'cocktail' .. the former makes one think of 'adult' entertainment, the latter of Tom Cruise.

Posted by: Graham http://grudnuk.com/ Sun Aug 3 07:48:00 2003

There must a plenty of tabletop arcade machines kicking around the place.

Anyway, perhaps whoever these First Floor people are jumping on the Melbourne Rock City hype bandwagon.

Posted by: cos http://polydistortion.net/monkey/ Mon Aug 4 01:26:08 2003

(plenty of tabletop arcade machines)

...yeah, and they're all Galaga, it seems (I saw another one in the Labour in Vain on Saturday arvo).

i want the Terra Cresta machine they had in the Sarah Sands 12 years ago while I was waiting for the Lemonheads to come on. Those were the days...

Posted by: Ben http://rocknerd.org Mon Aug 4 05:31:49 2003

Cocktail cabinet is the correct term, I'm told.

Posted by: Graham http://grudnuk.com/ Mon Aug 4 08:55:26 2003

They remind me of rollerskating and Pseudo Echo's version of "Funkytown".

Posted by: Ben the Real Ben http://leviathan.weblogs.com Mon Aug 4 11:18:38 2003

They used to have a decent selection at Naughtons over past Melbourne Uni. Go there when they are having an intake and you can tell all the gullible young ladies that you're a tutor in whatever it is they're studying.

There is (or was) another one at that little foreign-student bar upstairs in that little lane off Bourke St near where the Pancake Parlour used to be...however it was moon explorer (or whatever that funky game where your little moon mobile jumps craters and shoots rocks).

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