PBS Drive Live has become pretty much a staple of the station’s lineup. The community station wrangles up some of the best talent it can find around Melbourne and gives them the chance to give their live show to a larger audience than the usual. On top of this, fans of local music in general are invited to drag themselves along to watch every band tackle the closest thing to a Human Zoo that they’ll ever come across. Seeing as they literally have a song titled just that, it’s no wonder the PBS has brought in Ausmuteants for the job. But the ragtag crew of pogo punks certainly aren’t alone in this.

You can’t find any trace of Melbourne hardcore act POWER online, much to the dismay to anyone finding themselves watching the three-piece. Sending off serious vibes of the 80’s east coast punk scene, the band tears into it without wasting a second, bouncing around the small recording space as the distortion sounds off. There’s a familiar face amongst the bunch that most of the fantastically dressed crowd would recognise, Kromozom drummer Penke hammering away in the tiny glass pod. Giving a relentless 40 minute set, the band is on the verge of collapse once the set dies down, though based on their performance, it’s a collapse well earned.

Ausmuteants are one of those bands that everyone needs to witness. The very definition of pogo punk, the band has been making massive waves of late, what with their recent support slots touring with Ty Segal and Perfect Pussy (both amazing shows in their own right). There is a certain energy to that the band has live that makes itself clear as soon as you hear them, let alone when you see them. If POWER were bouncing while they played, Ausmuteants are flying off the walls. Screaming synthesizers clashed with howling guitars in a way that seems almost crafted for making those flicking through the radio jump. It’s a scene that you’d be wishing to see if it wasn’t for the chaos unfolding in the booth right now.

Sounding like Devo enjoying a healthy dose of PCP, the band takes off with a howl, beeping and shrieking through their set in flash. In every pause between song there’s some kind of insult, though it’s a toss-up as to whether it will be directed at the audience or at themselves. Either way, it’s strangely charming, a tagline that could probably describe everything about Ausmuteants if you think about it. Closing their headliner set of 20 minutes with the burning passion of their ode to internet porn ‘Freedom of Information’, the band jump out of the booth to a lot more applause than you’d imagine a radio station capable of holding. Drive Live exists to shine a spotlight on the more hidden side of Melbourne’s local talent and if there’s anything to take from the audience’s reception, it’s that Ausmuteants fit into this category.

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