Grizzly Bear @ The Enmore, 24/7/2010
Brooklyn dudes Grizzly Bear
put on a gob-smacking show last night at Sydney's Enmore Theatre. In the country touring as apart of upcoming arts & music festival Splendour In The Grass. It would seem The
Bear have joined many other bands in the line-up in putting on some sideshows while they are in town. Boy, am I glad they did.
It was a fairly impressive performance to say the least.
Prior to their show, they were supported by Melbourne duo,
Kid Sam and, fellow Yankees, Here We Go Magic[pictured]. The latter group projected this phenomenal momentum, and atmospheric bliss with overtones of Simon & Garfunkal, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Grizzly Bear themselves. Definitely a group to watch out for, and it would seem was their first
time in to play in Australia.
With a clever lighting display of milk bottles hung from tall cross-like structures, and a dramatic thread bare curtain as the backdrop, Grizzly Bear's return to Sydney was always destined for greatness. Stepping outside of staging convention, all four band members were positioned in a line, all four sang and all four seemed to be of multiple musical ability.
Chris Taylor played tenor sax, clarinet, bass and vocals. Daniel Rossen sampled, sung, and played guitar. Edward Droste sang, played guitar and keys. Whilst drummer Chris Bear, sang he was also very crafted and measured in his own way.
I write this way only because I was amazed that there was an almost A'Capello nature to Grizzly Bear's dated folk sound. It wasn't just a 'gig', it was an experience. They catapulted hits off their album Veckatimest, like 'Ready, Able', 'Fine For Now" and the much acclaimed 'Two Weeks'. I would say this in my top 2% of gigs for 2010, let's see what the other sideshows have to offer…