THE PAINTED LADIES reconvened in Melbourne last week for the first time in while, to play a show at the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) as part of its current Friday Nights season, which puts the Ladies in some nice company alongside the likes, as the above flyer shows, of fellow Brisbane bands, among others, the Goon Sax, the Apartments and Luke Peacock's Other Band, Halfway. As an adjunct to the gallery's current blockbuster exhibition of Impressionist master Degas, it was a great show. The room is one of the nicest in the country, and everything about the gig was super-convivial. The redoubtable Vic Simms, who partly as a consequence of the success of the Ladies is now working on a new album of his own for ABC Music, was in fine form, as was Luke himself and all the rest of the crew. But with Luke certainly now also adding the Buried Country roadshow to his already crowded schedule along with Halfway plus his solo endeavours - he played a killer show with his own band on the Saturday night at the Labour in Vain - it's hard to tell how much more the Ladies can squeeze in. All photos here by Carl Dziunka. Read a great review by Dave Laing at the i-94 Bar HERE.