Roaring onto the stage with a palpable energy was Brisbane artist, Jaguar Jonze at the Family. She has a wide range of tunes channelling shades of Amy Winehouse and mixing it up with some flute accompaniment. Towards the end of her set she played her breakthrough hit ‘Left Behind’ which was enthusiastically received by the thick crowd. Some of her tunes have a touch of country about them and Jaguar Jonze has been attracting plenty of press and attention for her work.
Saint Lane has a banging tune called ‘Sugary Sweet’ and although I have no idea what that song is about, the descriptor would be a very appropriate one for DULCIE from Perth. Featured in this very mag via an interview by our Chief Nat, the four piece from Perth made the long journey eastward to share their sweet pop tunes, effortless harmonies and solid musicianship with us. They were super humble and thankful for their opportunities and have apparently been having a blast in town, scooter riding and supporting all the other WA bands that made the trek. Their single ‘Fall’ is hopefully an excellent taster of what’s to come from these youngsters.
Black Bear Lodge or Sweat Lodge? Bobby Aluwas on fi-yah with his up tempo, make ya groove, island inspired beats. So cool getting his mum up on stage for some traditional Samoan dance moves too. Feeling the love for BIGSOUND’s ‘speed dating’ mojo, Bobby is a consummate professional who brings a consistently quality show. He’s off to the States touring any second now so this gig was a banging farewell do.
Find of the night was Little Quirks at The Brightside: funky, folky, acoustic guitar and a mandolin. Who doesn’t love a mandy? Hailing from the Central Coast of NSW, The Toole sisters and their cuzzies come from musical stock and it shows. Accomplished musicians, poised on stage, confident and at ease in playing together. The music is fun – raucous in parts – and the kind that makes you smile and move involuntarily. Wish the set was longer and they are now on rotation.
If you love your music hard, theatrical, topical, passionate, ironic and quirky then Cry Clubis your jam. Pulling a solid crowd into Famous, Heather and Jono were resplendent in their matching suits – think early 2000’s floral couch covers meets classic Versace fabric patterns. Do you need a shot of coffee Patron or do you really just need 30 minutes of Cry Club? They have matured so much since their last outing at BIGSOUND (last year!) and it was so cool to see them out and about supporting plenty of other artists during the festival. They have SO much energy and connection with the crowd and know how to put on a SHOW! Shine on you crazy diamonds.