Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Charlie Mayfair/ Woe and Flutter/ Russian Kidd/ Alone With Wolves/ Kate Tanner: The Loft 6/11/10

Kate Tanner

The night begins with Kate Tanner and her beautiful set of folk/ acoustic numbers that has the audience hanging onto her every heart-felt lyric. Accompanying her vocally and on electric guitar is Evert Du Plessis, lead singer of the band Russian Kidd, and together these two create an intimate, tangible ensemble. Kate engaged the audience with her interpretation of Angus and Julia Stone's song 'Jet Plane'. Her set was well rounded and professional, a brilliant effort from a first support. Check Kates Music out on http://www.myspace.com/katetannermusic

Alone With Wolves

The room is filled with a thick textural ambience as local Gold Coast band 'Alone With Wolves' introduces their set. As their first song progressed, it ignited into an eclectic array of ambient rock which spreads throughout the entire atmosphere like a warm current. Their rhythmically enchanting mixture of ambient music, rock and electronic samples had audiences captured and not wanting to be let go. Although there were a few hiccups with the PA, a forgotten capo and a broken string, lead singer Eimhin Healy carried the performance with a high class of professionalism. Eimhin's clean vocals have an alternative edge to them, however are still articulated and well spoken allowing for the audience to understand the emotion behind every word. Their extended break-downs are reminiscent of 60's-Zappa-'freakouts', with a modern ambient/ rock zest. Give these boys a listen, you will not be disappointed.
Alone With Wolves: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alone-With-Wolves/138113592885718

Russian Kidd

The audience dances energetically to Russian Kidd's catchy melodies and clever hook-lines. 2 guitars, 1 synth, 1 bass, a drum kit and an array of beautiful harmonies are the ingredients Russian Kidd uses to define their distinctive electro-rock sound. Their interesting spin on Robin S's track, 'Show Me Love', keeps the set active and has the audience tuning in as they recognize the familiar tune. It is obvious the musicianship that this band has, constantly thanking the audience and letting other bands performing on the night use their gear. They have as extremely exciting future ahead of them, with their debut EP to be released at the beginning of next year. In the mean time, check them out on their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Russian-Kid/100055807731, listen to their music on their Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/russiankiddmusic, or follow their latest music on Triple J unearthed. http://www.triplejunearthed.com/artists/View.aspx?artistid=31960

Woe and Flutter

Distorted ambient rock rings in my ears as Woe and Flutter, a brilliant Gold Coast band, introduce their set. With the rough, genuine vocal delivery of Dusty Anastassiou cutting through the mix it is clear how distinctively different and tangible their sound really is. The charismatic approach they have to their music is clearly why they had such a huge following on the night in question, it is inspiring to see just how connected each individual is with their instrument and the amount of passion being emitted from the band during the performance is enough to leave you moved. The audience, who if they stood any closer would have been chewing on the lead singer Dusty's luscious mound of hair, seemed to be very familiar with all of the music that this awesome band were performing. For such a freshly new band, their following is remarkable. Check their latest music out on their Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/woeandflutter, or follow them on their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Woe-Flutter/138682019501961

Charlie Mayfair

Brisbane's Charlie Mayfair were the cherry on top of the musical cake tonight, delivering their divine folk set, polished off with thick, textural harmonies and pushed forward with a driving rhythm. Each member of this 5-piece band seems to have a distinctive importance and belonging, without any of them, the sound created just would not be the same. Their uplifting energy and sensational melodies create a vigorous atmosphere, complimented by an interesting array of sounds from tambourine to electronic/ atmospheric synth. The audience laps up the music in awe, showing obvious excitement when a recognizable song from their new film clip 'If I Fell Down' is played. Their set had a certain tasteful essense about it that was held throughout the entirity of their time on stage, but it wasn't until their last song, 'Blue Water', that the crowd was left speechless, totally encapsulated by such a moving performance. The song begins extremely ambient and soulful with a bassy timbre and reverberant thick texture; literally feeling like a wide blue ocean. Their mezmorizing layered harmonies and ambient synth effects were accentuated with percussive build ups and break downs, finally climaxing to an astonishing ending with the audience in a fit of applause. A brilliant finale to a outstanding night. Check their website out: http://www.charliemayfair.com/, listen to their latest music on :http://www.myspace.com/charliemayfair, or follow them on Triple J Unearthed: http://www.triplejunearthed.com/Artists/View.aspx?artistid=32976

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The next Artist Showcase is on December 4th at the Loft and is sure to be an incredible night, featuring Vauxal Arches (HelloYoko) and many other extremely talented musicians. Find the event on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=162551007109761

(photos by Mitch Hammer, Gleb Tugushev and Katerina Kaliviotis

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