Gig Review: King Dog & the Catz loosen the hinges @ The Heritage Hotel

by Callum B. Downes

Soaked to the bones and slightly sloshed, droves of dedicated fans flooded through the cherished wooden doors of the Heritage last Saturday evening, seeking respite from the relentless downpour outside.

These fans we’re duly rewarded by King Dog & the Catz, who, thanks to the convenient absence of security staff, put on one of the loosest shows in recent history. I’m not just talking loose. I’m talking, Jordan Belfort & Donnie Azoff dropping Lemmons in a Mediterranean Sea storm kind of loose.

Collaborating their talents just over 18 months ago, the quartet has yo-yoed up and down Australia’s east coast, getting the crowds up off their seats and skanking with their infectious funk/reggae fusion. This performance proved indifferent, rousing the members of the audience into a state of James Brown nostalgia, resulting in what can only be adequately compared with the gospel choir dance scene from Blues Brothers, of which Mr Brown himself played an integral role… Minus the trampolines.

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In fact, the opening song persuaded a member of the audience to bust a move in the limelight, centre stage. This brief impromptu outburst established a trend that possessed the crowd’s funk souls, cumulating in the final song, where twenty plus frenzied fans invaded the stage and proceeded to participate in a funk-orgy, for lack of a less sexual term. For that’s what it was, hot to trot. Sizzling sax solos and syncopated drum grooves took over their bodies, as shirts were ripped off in tribute to their performance. These fiendish individuals became brothers in arms, wielding cowbells, tambourines and even taking over the microphones to contribute to the jam out. A poly-rhythmic drum solo coupled with multiple on stage neknominations was followed by an anti-climactic bass solo, due to technological malfunctions known as looseness.

 Sadly, the show had to end at some point and our fiendish fans dismounted each other’s shoulders as well as the stage, to pay homage to the masters of funk, King Dog & the Catz.