Just like clockwork, Home Brew have emerged from the depths of who knows where and are leading their aptly named Return from Exile tour of New Zealand, that started in Christchurch and will conclude in Whangarei on April 20th, and I happened to be front and centre in when they graced the stage on Friday, March 31st.
Oh and bad luck to any Aucklanders that couldn’t escape to the regions to see them because they exiled Auckland from their tour (see what I did there).
If you’re a fan of Home Brew then you know that a concert of theirs could go one way or the other, with them being well known for showing up semi-cooked and putting on a half-assed show. And this is what I had prepared myself for when we turned up to 10Bar in Dunedin’s octagon that night, but what I got was far from that - we were given an amazing experience from the Home Brew boys.
With Tom Scott and Haz leading the stage, they put on a sick gig which was full of heart - and very well executed - to a crowd of real day ones. In amongst fights breaking out, crowd surging and a guy actually getting bottled, the crowd rapped along to classics like Underneath the Shade, Alcoholic and Bad Bad Whiskey, their much anticipated encore.
I was super impressed with the show itself, the vibes the guys were giving out and I’m not sure if you’ve seen Tom Scott perform but it’s pretty mesmerising.
Sure the crowd was a little questionable, about half got kicked out during the concert and those left behind chanted obscenities against the Government, but it exceeded my expectations and I feel lucky to have seen the Home Brew boys before they potentially decide to exile themselves from the NZ music scene.
(P.S. That picture up the top is from here)