Live Review & Gallery: The Casanovas, Frankie’s Pizza 08.12.22

The Casanovas tearing up Frankie's Pizza

The Casanova’s did it again….(this reviewer says) they’re a 10 outta 10….woah woah woah woah….sorry, got carried away – those 70s inspired rock n roll riffs and catchy lyrics are just too hard to resist!

The boys from Melbourne headlined one hell of a night during Sydney institution Frankie’s last week of trading. Taking to the stage at around midnight, the place was packed and punters of all ages were as enthusiastic as the band. Despite the late start, the sexy three piece completely tore through their set with mass amounts of charismatic energy and it was catching! They were definitely worth the line up down the street and around the corner by an audience that wanted one last chance to farewell Frankie’s.

Freshly back from a successful tour of Europe taking in Spain, Portugal, France and Germany, The Casanovas were well and truly in fine form. They ripped through a set loaded with old favourites including tunes from their current album released on Rubber Records in 2020, Reptilian Overlord, plus teasers from their next album due out around March 2023.

The band has undergone several line up changes since forming in 1999, however their chief shredder has remained the same in Tommy Boyce. Tommy shares lead vocals with one hell of a bassist in Damo Campbell and they play off each other so incredibly well, it’s hard to imagine there was ever anyone else. Their latest recruit is a perfect fit – Brett ‘Wolfie’ Wolfenden, completes the current line up. His animalistic drum style and enthusiasm is unmistakable – he’s pure joy to watch with his energy levels through the roof throughout the entire set. Wolfie may seem familiar as he also plays with Davey Lane’s outfit, The Pictures as well as Ash Naylor’s Marshmallow Overcoat and a few tribute bands on top of his DJ Wolfie gigs – he is a busy boy!

I was lucky to spend time with the trio before and after the show. Such a great bunch of guys and the camaraderie between them all is a pleasure to witness. It was my first time (and last) at Frankie’s, but wow what a way to experience this incredible venue. I’m also embarrassed to say it was the first time I’d ever seen The Casanovas live (yes, I have clearly been living under a rock) – a whole lotta firsts for me that night and here’s hoping NSW will be seeing a lot more of The Casanovas when the new album comes out next year.

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