Nostalgia oozed in waves with an elegant force that demanded instant respect from the band originally formed in 1964.
Tamam Shud, have not graced the Gold Coast with their presence since the early seventies, and although I was not born myself until the nineties, it was hard not to be submerged in the atmosphere of the generation. As I glanced around the Currumbin Soundlounge I noticed the average demographic was an older more mature audience, ready to step back into their youth and pay homage to their golden era.
One of the pioneers of the Surf Rock Genre in Australia, Tamam Shud contributed timeless classics to the soundtracks of iconic surf films such as, The Hot Generation, Evolution and The morning of the Earth. Their music is synonymous with the history of surfing films, so it was only natural that Andrew Kidman (surf filmmaker) would collect archival and classic footage and create a visual projection for the shows.
Originally disappointed by the absence of the woodwind flute which created the unique iconic sounds of their original recordings. It didn’t take long for the guitarist (Tim Gaze) to compensate with his lead rendition, bending and sliding every note to perfection.
Across the first half of their set, the band holds the audience in a stunned silence of awe, everyone seated, watching intently. Along with the general atmosphere, the music and visuals combined has me in a trance, I feel as though I can taste the salt water (albeit most likely from the days surfing). I head to the bar for a drink. It’s a pleasant surprise to find the usual drinks line non-existent, I turn back around and realize everybody is preoccupied. There is now a gathering of fans (and drunk people) all moving their bodies the best way possible, on land, to the sound of Tamam Shud.
Reviewer - Blake Eposito