Washington Live Review
Washington Live Review
Washington was the second act to hit the stage at The Evan Theatre in Penrith, Sydney. They were support for Kate Miller-Heidke, so needless to say, every seat in the theatre was filled.
The first song of the set was a solo, with just Megan and her guitar. Megan’s voice is slowly becoming one of the best in Australian music and right from the start this is strikingly obvious. Her voice just has that ability to draw the audience in, make them pay attention, really listen to what she is singing. Not just be content with an interesting melody or beat.
When the band joined Megan, the atmosphere changed in an instant. From being almost hypnotised by Megan’s singing, we are snapped back to reality with the drummers (John) effervescent personality. The banter between John and Megan, showed the friendship and highlighted the fact that these guys know how to have fun together. It was also interesting because it showed that just because Megan is the front woman, doesn’t mean all attention must be payed to her. It let the audience know that, there are in fact other members of the band, other cogs of the machine that is Washington that turn just as much as Megan to make it work. Sometimes, as a fan, because so much attention is payed to the front woman, or man, unintentionally the members of the band are forgotten.
While John and Megan seemed to have great interaction on stage, it was disappointing to see that the bass player and guitarist didn’t seem to be getting into the moment as much as the others. It wasn’t until the songs ‘How To Tame Lions’ and ‘Cement’ were played, did we see really any movement from the bass player.
The band did work well together to create an upbeat and true rock experience for the audience. They didn’t hold back just because they were playing in a theatre. They let loose playing loud, singing strong, making sure they were heard, even by those of us who sat a level above the rest. The set list was a mix of sad, slow songs and fast, rock songs, always picking the audience up after one of their more morose songs, with fast beats and light, sometimes black humour, found in other songs. Washington drew the audience into every song making it a very personal experience for each member of the audience.
While some of what has been mentioned may seem negative, don’t get me wrong , the performance was still a great one to go and see. With Megan’s powerful voice and movement on stage; she really rocked it on the keys, it was difficult, I’m sure, for most people in the audience to not jump from their seat and rock out with the band. The thrills and excitement flowing from Megan and John, the show was an energising experience.