New boys in town
June 7, 2018
Same Name Confusion at Caroline, May 24.
Reviewer: Sam Tattersfield
Same Name Confusion announced themselves to their new hometown of Wellington when they packed out Manners Street venue, Caroline.
It was their first gig here, barring a few house parties and new bassist Sean Pearless’ engagement party, It was also their first public gig with a new line-up. With brothers and former members Viktor and Igor Bubanja staying in Christchurch when the band moved to Wellington in February, they were joined on drums by Josh Dominikovich and bass by Sean Pearless.
Their opening act, Dr. Reknaw, named for an inversion of a profanity, wasn’t even limited to one species grooving out to their sax-laced funk, as saxophonist Bridget Kelly’s dog, Puppy, joined the band and crowd surfed midway through their performance.
The band said this was not a rare occurrence. “He always hangs out at her gigs and comes on stage, he’s a pretty free dog who does what he likes.”
SNC’s set included a rapturous cover of The Smiths classic, ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now,’ immediately followed by singer Luke Courtney giving guitarist Alvin Bartley the vocal reins for a song while he changed from a rugby jersey and short shorts to full cricket whites. Dr Reknaw vocalists Sophie and Julia Cooper also joined Courtney onstage for SNC’s final encore, a cover of the Cyndi Lauper popularised ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’.
Dominikovich loved Dr. Reknaw’s opening set – he had this assessment while they were still performing.
“Their tunes are so good.
“Oh my goodness.
“Straight up, they’re mean, I love that they’ve got crazy saxophone vibes going on.”
SNC had its origins in UC’s engineering degree. Courtney and Radosavljevic met in first year in Ngata university hall, and began the band in October 2016. Wellington-raised Bartley and the Bubanja brothers joined in July 2017. Dominikovich and Pearless replaced the Bubjanas in February this year. Courtney said the band was happy to have migrated to Wellington.
“It’s a great place. Except for the hipsters.” He said the band were “pop stars.”
“Everyone wants to know someone famous, don’t they. And look, you can come with us, and know some pop stars, or you can disregard what we’re doing, and be left behind while everyone else has a very good time.
“The choice is yours,” said Courtney.
VIDEO: Josh Dominikovich
Dr Reknaw’s Julia Cooper PHOTO: Nichole June Productions