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The Inches (10th Anniversary Reunion Show)


Sat 24 May 2014, 8:00pm

Where: Ding Dong Lounge - Permanently Closed, Level 1/18 Market Lane, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: 18+

Listed by: Ding Dong Lounge

The Inches 10th Anniversary Reunion Show, with special guests Stella Angelico and Nicholas Roy, Saturday 26th May 2014 at Ding Dong.

Memories are hazy and details remain sketchy, but we’re fairly certain The Inches formed in late 2004. They were the kind of confident pop-glam combo that could only have burst out of the Melbourne scene in the mid-noughties. Together with a somewhat-bizarre Colombian Svengali, The Inches took their particular brand of indie-party-glam fun-times nationally before disbanding in 2009. Their music is/was an original mix of 70s hard rock and 80’s pop – “Deep Purple meets Talking Heads” being the prevailing comparison, which nobody in the band seemed to argue with.

Big believers in doing everything backwards, The Inches released their debut EP before barely playing a show. “Undercover” was their first single – a swashbuckling up-start of an anthem picked up for high-rotation on Triple J. Within 6 months of forming the band were an in-demand live act, touring a highly entertaining (if somewhat erratic) show up and down the east coast. With a sound driven as much by a roaring Hammond organ as glam rock guitars, the band exuded a much-commented-on sexual energy. Their stated aim of “rock with a touch of elegance” was often betrayed by the inelegant carnage left in their regional touring wake. One promoter remarked that, as a band they were “easy on the eye but hard on the hotel room budget”.

In a rather impolitic move, they subsequently signed with the least indie label in music history (for a highly immodest sum) and sat impatiently on the shelf. Despite anecdotal evidence and a litany of MySpace comments, nobody can remember what happened to the money, the contract or indeed the rest of 2006.

Several EP’s and an album followed, along with many hundreds of shows, frequently in support of far, far lesser bands. Despite being tipped by some as the next big thing, The Inches finally bowed out in 2009 at a blazing capacity gig at the Annandale Hotel.

This May, on their tenth anniversary, they’re reforming for one solitary night of debauchery and rock. The venue is Ding Dong Lounge, the original scene of the crime where the band was first signed. Like the Ding Dong Lounge, the Inches now have slightly more “capacity”, and dress a lot better. They promise to drink your Moscow Mule and hit on your girlfriend, just for old time’s sake.

Do not miss out on what is sure to be one of the most memorable shows of the year.