Donny Love consists of 4 dudes, born and bread on the Gold Coast, but only formed in late 2014, they've certainty been making waves up and down the coast ever since and built up an impressive fan base. They have already supported some killer bands such as American Psych Rock legends The Growlers, Peter Bibby and fellow locals The Babe Rainbow.
After doing shows in Melbourne, Brisbane and Byron on their Carnivorous Man tour the boys returned to their home soil and put on a killer gig with other local bands Sludge (The Midnight Ramblers) and White Lodge.
The line was impressively massive to get into Elsewhere on the Friday night only anticipating how big the crowds were going to be for when the bands actually started. Plenty of drinks were rolling and crowds growing as Sludge started to play, the band is formally known as The Midnight Ramblers who formed back in early 2014. The band released a new track in April this year Nightmares but since then have kept fairly quiet but now with a new name and potentially a new plan of attack as a band we may be seeing more from these guys. They pulled a great crowd as the opening band of the night and have been working hard on nailing their recent sets, looking forward to hearing more from these guys.
White Lodge were up next, another local band who have creating a great following on the coast. They seem to be going between Byron and the Gold Coast recently gigging here there and everywhere. The band geared up the crowd with tracks from the four E.P's they band have released, with one of these E.P's being released in March this year working together with fellow garage rock band The Gorlons out of the U.S. White Lodge are currently finishing the mixing and mastering of their album which is very exciting for fans as it means the band will be gigging even more around the place and of course means new music from the band. The boys from White Lodge are good friends with Donny Love and you could tell within the crowd that everyone kinda knew each other and the music, it was kinda like a huge group of mates hanging out listening to some brilliant live music. That's something I really like about the Gold Coast music scene is the fact everyone knows each other and they are all just there to enjoy the music.
Donny Love were sound checking, setting up the stage with their many props, including a cardboard cut out of a hot dog that got a lot of loving throughout their set. The boys kicked off and the crowd swarmed, it got real cosy all of a sudden, beers and bodies were rolling in left right and centre. The band had a few extra members from other local band Salvardarlings to help them out with their live set. The crowd got real stoked when the boys played their new single Carnivorous Man, if you haven't had a chance to check out their clip to the track then you really should, it consists of copious amounts of fried chicken goodness and the occasional patriotic VB. I think if Elsewhere sold the all round aussie beer or if the boys from Donny Love could've smuggled them in, it would've been oh so perfect. None of the less, the boys played older tracks like, Baby Lemonade and some new ones we are yet to get releases on, whilst their manager is in Melbourne making things happen for the boys via the wide world web. The crowd got well into the music and a mosh was formed, the cardboard cut out of the hotdog was demanded to stay a float throughout the entirety of the gig with people chanting 'up the doggies'. Such a fun gig from the local dudes, and they invited everyone outside for a smoke or two after their set, so the Elsewhere balcony filled up in no time. Really looking forward to hearing more from Donny Love as they continue to grow, they can only go onwards and upwards from here especially with a great management team behind them at Strange Yonder.