Live Review & Gallery: The Grogans Bring Garage Rock Glory to Factory Theatre – Eora/Sydney, 06.04.24

Naarm/Melbourne’s own powerhouse trio, The Grogans, descended upon the Factory Theatre in Eora/Sydney on Saturday, igniting the stage with their electrifying brand of Australian garage rock. Fresh from conquering stages across the UK and EU, the band, comprised of Quin Grunden, Angus Vasic, and Jordan Lewis, brought their dynamic energy and infectious melodies to adoring fans halfway through their Australian circuit.

With the release of their latest album, ‘Find Me A Cloud,’ The Grogans have solidified their position as one of Australia’s most exciting musical exports. Their distinct blend of gritty guitar riffs, pulsating rhythms, and infectious hooks has garnered them a dedicated following both at home and abroad.

As the lights dimmed and anticipation gripped the venue, the stage erupted with the vibrant energy of homegrown indie-rock outfit Jet City Sports Club and alt-rock sensation Bones and Jones. Their dynamic sets, featuring a blend of original tracks and an electrifying rendition of The Romantics’ timeless hit “What I Like About You”, set an exhilarating precedent for The Grogans’ forthcoming performance.

When The Grogans finally took to the stage, they wasted no time in unleashing their signature sound upon the eager crowd. Each song was delivered with unwavering passion and precision, filtered through a lens of pure Aussie indie-rock goodness. Led by Quin Grunden, Angus Vasic, and Jordan Lewis, the band effortlessly transitioned between high-energy tracks and soul-stirring ballads, showcasing their versatility and musicianship.

Highlights of the evening included fan-favourite tracks like ‘Lemon to my Lime’, a love song that saw the entire venue erupt into a chorus of voices singing along in unison. Quin Grunden’s candid charm shone through as he addressed the crowd, admitting, “We don’t know what the fuck we’re doing but we love it“.

The Grogans are known for emphasising the importance of all-ages shows, the band have made it clear that everyone deserves the opportunity to experience live music firsthand. Their dedication to creating a safe and welcoming environment was evident throughout the night, with Quin Grunden even taking a moment to guide younger fans on mosh pit etiquette, “If someone falls, we pick them back up yeah?”. Even in the photo pit, I encountered a new generation of photographers, who shared their longtime admiration for The Grogans. Reflecting on the band’s impact, I couldn’t help but draw parallels to my own high school experience and the influence of Australian indie-rock icons like Ocean Alley.

The pinnacle of the night came when The Grogans unleashed their beloved hit single, ‘Money Will Chase You‘. The crowd erupted into a frenzy, with fans screaming every word and Quin Grunden diving into the throng, connecting with the audience on another level.

As The Grogans prepare to finish up their tour, fans have the chance to catch their electrifying performances back home. On Saturday, April 13th, they’ll be taking the stage at Northcote Theatre in Naarm/Melbourne, followed by a special under-18 show at Thornbury Theatre on Sunday, April 21st.

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