Review: Bunk – The Healer @ The Grind Bar & Eatery – 27 April 2019

Bunk & Hatfield Strip tried to brighten our not so public holiday by offering some cool tunes. A great show was happening at The Grind Bar & Eatery.

It seems to be getting more difficult to find a bar that plays actual live music (especially some dirty rock ‘n roll). Over the last couple of months Bunk has been bringing some class down to the Hatfield Strip, in an attempt to educate these students that real music is the best.

The Grind Bar & Eatery has played host to Bunk events, which featured some of our favourite local acts, such as Shadowclub, The Slashdogs, The Ceramics, The Lebowski, Little Ringo and The World of Birds.

This instalment of Bunk served as a Misty Waters pre-party and brought some of the acts set to perform at the festival to The Grind Bar & Eatery’s stage.

Raygun Royale kicked off the night’s entertainment

What an opening set it was. Even though the bar was still relatively quiet (kids these days don’t seem to appreciate proper music), the guys from Raygun Royale took command of the stage and rocked our socks off.

I listened to some of their music before the Bunk event, and I have to say I was quite impressed. Raygun Royale takes influence from other bands such as Nirvana, Arctic Monkeys, DZ Deathrays, and Royal Blood. These influences melt together to form the underrated greatness that is Raygun Royale.

Raygun Royale

One can not help but sway and then rock around with them; their on-stage energy is infectious. If you are attending Misty Waters 2019, be sure to pop by their set, it’s sure to add to that rocking festival vibe.

Monkeys in Boots is a name I’m familiar with, yet I’ve never actually taken the time to listen to them

So, it is safe to say that my first taste of Monkey was with Bunk. After listening to their opening song, I was hooked. As the night progressed, more feet came into the bar and made their way to the dancefloor, and when Monkeys in Boots began their set, all those feet started to jam along.

Monkeys in Boots

Their vibe was a bit more folky than the previous band, but it was a welcome change-up. Monkeys in Boots even had to an encore with their version of “99 Problems” (which almost beats the original).

Hellcats set Hatfield Strip On Fire

They are my personal favourite rock duo and recent SAMA25 nominees. The heat was much needed because it was starting to get quite chilly.

Luckily, those who enjoy live rock came out to support these two rock stars. Even after gracing huge stages and opening for rock royalty, Alessandro and Warwick seem to be quite at home on the small stage too.


I have to say, I quite enjoy their smaller, more “intimate” shows more. Warwick is in his element close to the adoring fans, even getting off stage and venturing right into the crowd.

Hellcats gave us eargasms with songs off of their newly released album, The Hex and the Healer (which was just nominated for a SAMA award for Best Rock Album) and some old favourites. It’s clear to see, and obviously hear, why Hellcats have opened for international acts like Seether, The Cure and Incubus.

Secunda plays host to Misty Waters 2019, which will be held from 10 – 12 May. Tickets are still available, treat yourself to some good local music after doing your democratic duty for the country, sommer make a long weekend of it.

Watch this space for regular updates in the Music category on Running Wolf’s Rant.

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Bianca Nieuwenhuis

Art is not what I create. What I create is chaos.

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