The Galvatrons – ‘Cassandra’
Saw this band at Third Class, a trashy night club off Flinders Lane in Melbourne, just before I left for my overseas trip. I was tipped off by a few industry types to see this band so I had my bullshit detector on when I saw them. A friend of mine summed it up perfectly: “they were a great band with no great songs. Yet.” The lead singer Johnny is definitely a natural performer and quite entertaining to watch. Their whole “we’re a band from outta space” routine works well too with the 80s Van Halen riffs. There’s a lot of Wolfmother or Airbourne-ish retro novelty to it, which can always work as long as they’re the first ones to capitalise on it.
We’ll probably a lot more from them in the near future as they are rumoured to wrap up an Australian deal anytime now and the international labels offers are coming in. Once a year there are buzz bands like this who pick up worldwide deals before their 20th gig. Always interesting to watch how they handle all the sudden attention.