Last night, The Exeter Hotel played host to Adelaide’s Somnium and Cobra for the finale of Cobra’s November residency.

Opening the night, Somnium sent out bluesy psychedelic tunes with an instrumental intro. The trio opted for a no-shoes gig, as the band pumped out rhythmically unique songs with angelic vocals shared by the bassist and guitarist. Pausing for drinks and swaying with the beat, Somnium appeared totally comfortable and at home onstage.

Cobra followed suit after a set change and transformed the feel of the room with a heavier, darker and rockier sound—with just as much varying tempos and instrumental presence. In fact, vocals were essentially a non-existent part of the ensemble, aside from a section of screaming in the middle of the set. A song titled ‘A Golden Age’—which according to the guitarist is about beers—had no lyrics. Nevertheless, patrons were taken on an aural roller coaster of sound with metal and progressive rock influences blending seamlessly. The bassist kept the tempo grounded with his persistent head bobs, which the rest of the band joined in with for their final song, ‘Chilled Bikkies on Cloud 9’.

Cobra’s final residency night at the Exeter concluded with a satisfying end and showcased some real South Australian talent. You can catch Cobra on the first Thursday of every month at Ancient World on Hindley Street and every other Thursday at the Crown and Sceptre Hotel.

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Photo: Marty Knoll

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