Are you still with us? Good news is the rain has stopped. Hurrah. No bad news.
VALLEY DRIVE IN
Eliza and the Delusionals
Still going strong from their performances at BIGSOUND last year, it really would seem appropriate if they were called ‘Eliza and the Smiley Guitarist’. Tex grinned and laughed and sang his way through another pumping, relentlessly energetic set with seemingly unbridled joy. With their matching rusty red team t-shirts the three lads in the band were a tight backing to Eliza and her puffy-hiragana-lettered guitar out front. In a star studded, packed crowd at the back of The Valley Drive In were spotted Councillor for Mudgeeraba Glenn Tozer, Fergus and Alex (?, it was a fleeting glimpse and those hairy hipsters all look alike) from Kingswood and Environment Minister Tony Burke. And well may they flock to such a hard rocking, professional set as Eliza’s, doing the GC proud.
The Elephant was packed solid for this hot set from ‘find of the night’ MANE. Smoking, dark indie/pop vocals reeking of Lorde, this Adelaide artist is definitely one to watch. Fresh off a run of dates around Australia with Kingswood, MANE is assured, polished and captivating on stage.
In the ‘cleanest venue of the night’ category, Famous wins hands down. Great to see it dirtied up however with grungy, hooky Canberra stars Moaning Lisa at the ‘triple gay’ (their tribute) showcase. Hayley on bass looked like she could have been playing with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra with her sparkly top and neat bob but she absolutely shredded a high energy performance to their breakout single ‘Carrie (I want a girl)’. The fact that she looked like Michelle Flaherty (‘This one time, at Bandcamp’) was only mildly distracting but certainly didn’t detract at all from their awesome sound. These artists are rating through the roof on unearthed and are worth seeking out for a fun night on the un-sticky tiles.
THE EMPIRE HOTEL
Couldn’t resist another peek at GC Music Award Winners Hollow Coves on the way to late night pizza. They played a slightly different set to last night but had the full Empire crowd smiling and toe tapping to their innocent, wholesome melodies. Good to see San Mei drummer Sarah in and enjoying the set too.
And as we wrap up night two’s coverage well after midnight, a secret set from today’s conference keynote speaker and living legend Paul Kelly is getting underway at The Zoo. But I am in bed. In my pjs. Some of us have day jobs. I hope Paul can’t hear me sobbing.
IMAGES (c) NJA Photography