The Empress of India, 9 Feb 1999

The Empress is a rather studentish pub in Fitzroy. Shabby and mostly brown with dirty tables, but good food and, tonight, very good music. It was also the sight of a veritable bitchfest. The list was out in force and then some.
Mark & I, the recently departed Matt and a friend, Kate & Amanda, the other Kate and a friend (sorry I didn’t say hello), Kristen with Mark’s sister Rad and Rad’s housemate Perri, Cameron, Julie, Rach, Bryan (our favourite Young Australian, fresh from Bert), Tanya, Fran and a friend were all there. Apologies to anyone I missed, but it was a bit overwhelming. I don’t think I’ve seen that many bitch listers and friends anywhere before.
The music as usual was fantastic. The set opened with Interzone, followed by some songs I loved but don’t know and couldn’t guess the names of. Here she comes and Radio Loves This were played along with Exquisite Stereo and Julie’s favourite, Happy New Year. I am now eagerly awaiting the next album so I can learn the lyrics to all of these great new ones. It was a short set – only 45 minutes – but a well spent three quarters of an hour indeed.
I realise this is a really lame review but, take my word for it, it was a very good gig. DC went off, WZ went off, and it was a joy to watch.
When Rach climbs out from under the mountain of work currently keeping her quiet on the list, I’m sure she’ll tell you about DC’s dress which we both covet. I’m not sure I could do it justice. Very simple, but very nice. Where does she shop?
Nicky Pelletier

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