Mental As Anything

Friday 06 December


Their entertaining and timeless music will have you enjoying songs such as the classics The Nips are Getting Bigger, Too Many Times, Mr Natural & Live it Up, to name a few. With special guest: SPLURGE ACOUSTIC. Unmissable!

Still as brilliant ever award winning Mental as Anything are going strong with sell out performances.  Their entertaining and timeless music will have you enjoying songs such as the classics The Nips are Getting Bigger Too Many Times, Mr Natural & Live it Up, to name a few.

As members of the coveted Aria Hall of Fame, they started out as a group of art students who passed themselves off as a band in order to con the local publican into giving them a gig, in exchange for free beer. The deception worked better than intended, and the group came to be known as Mental as Anything.

More than three decades later, their music is still highly listenable and recognisable with their identifiable brand of garage pop.

A self‐explanatory single to reflect their success, The Nips Are Getting Bigger, rose through the charts both nationally and internationally as did their fundamental understanding of the old adage that ‘for every action there is a reaction’.

The talented members of the band culminate in a sound unequaled or paralleled by any other band.

With Martin Plaza’s unmistakeable voice, Greedy Smith’s key board prowess and anecdotal quips, joined by brilliant musicians, Zolton Budai, Mike Caen and Jacob Cook this is a memorable event not be missed.


GREG WILLIAMS and GREG ARNOLD put down their electric instruments to present an acoustic set of old, new and rare SPLURGE songs as opening act for Australian pop icons Mental As Anything at the Flying Saucer Club.

Splurge is a song-packing Melbourne four-piece that has released three albums—Splurge (1999), Heavy Weather (2002) and The Cure For The Cure (2007)—combining melodic pop hooks, warm vocals and chiming guitars. Think Radiohead jamming with Oasis. “They rock, they play it gentle, they deliver the hooks…” (MOJO). The band has a new album Wait For The Sun in the works and recently launched Splurge Unheard, a fans-only exclusive collection of rarities which included three new mixes of previously unheard tracks, and six other unreleased and rare recordings available exclusively via the band’s Pozible crowd funding project to record and mix the new album. More info:

One of three newly-mixed tracks will be released in 2014 on PB 100 the long-awaited 100th release from influential Melbourne label Popboomerang Records, which will feature rare and exclusive tracks from their stable of bands. The single from The Cure For The Cure “She’s Not The One” was played on Triple J’s Home and Hosed and the album received glowing international reviews… with nods to Radiohead, Oasis, Pulp, The Church, The Verve, Crowded House, Echo and the Bunnymen, Tears For Fears, Coldplay, Aztec Camera and Travis.

”The things is, that whoever comes to mind as an audiable reference point, Splurge seems to be doing it in kind of a more sophisticated-or-eclectic-or-brainy way…” (Popism). MOJO heard the ghost of Lennon in songwriter Greg Williams’ “expressive and emotionally direct” voice, where others have found echoes of Neil Finn, Grant McLennon, Steve Kilbey and  “Liam from Oasis with a brain”.

“Exquisite, radio-friendly” (All Music USA

“Eleven perfect songs” (Not Lame USA

“Out-radiates Radiohead!” (Popism UK

“Sophisticated melodies” (PopMatters USA

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Tickets from $28+bf
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    Allocated Seating $38+bf
  • Standing Room $28+bf
  • At the Door $30
Doors Open:
6.30pm (Seats/Dining)
8pm (GA)