Sunset Sounds Day 2
After a late afternoon sleep, and a walk along Brisbane’s beautiful river paths I was ready for another afternoon of musical delights. The rain was still around and the clouds lingered but thankfully that’s all they did.
Former Australian Idol contestant Lisa Mitchell has become a fully fledged star. And she thoroughly deserves it. Although only catching a very brief glimpse of her set, her voice was pitch perfect and resonated so, that it felt like a warm blanket on your shoulders. With oh so cute girl next door looks and being a naturally gifted songwriter Mitchell is sure to be around for some time.
Brisbane’s Yves Klein Blue drew a healthy crowd to the Hibiscus stage. One had to ask if the front right of the crowd were official fan club members . However I digress cynicism aside YKB get better and better with each show. They asked us to dance, we did, they told us to twist we did and Michael Tomlinson showed all the swagger a great front man should have. Watching these guys transported you to a time where gigs were an experience not just a sonic assault. Someone threw Pez at the stage and Tomlinson simply shrugged declared his love for Pez and held onto it for later….I want PEZ..
Grizzly Bear have garnered a lot of Hype in 2009, their LP Veckatimist hailed as a number one record on many writers lists. Rightly so, but its not a record you’d think would translate live. But the Brooklyn Boys delivered the goods. Edward Droste held the crowd in his palms as he paled behind his keyboard. No swagger, just a dorky kid who makes music in his room & gets to share it with the world. Due to a late start to the Bear sadly I had to leave 2 songs in to see Temper Trap’s closing songs.
Last year BBC said Temper Trap were one of the bands to watch in 2009.…They were right, I heard 2 songs from the Melbourne lads and was blown away. Lead singer Dougy Mandagi’s vocals soaring over the river stage like a choir of angels. These guys are amazing and if you haven’t bought their record or been to a show do it now before they become bonafide superstars…
Yeah Yeah Yeah’s know how to throw a party. Karen o sporting a glow in the dark pink fluorescent mask onstage (think TRON on acid)”Heads will roll” had so much more of a dramatic impact as Ms. O slowly removed the mask faked her own throat slitting…then like an energizer bunny on speed went through 3 costume changes …One a glow in the dark Indian Chiefs outfit…Another a studded leather jacket for the track “Zero”. Nick Zinner worked his guitar into a frenzy for “Turn yourself around” and Brian Chase didn’t miss a beat on the sticks effortless changes of beat and time. As the stomp and clap of “Phenomenon” burst through the speakers 3 giant inflatable eyeballs were let out into the crowd. Quite surreal actually, are we at the cricket?? Do beach balls have eyes now?? Arrgghhh!! Yeah Yeah Yeah…..What a way to close 2 days of amazing music!