Did you miss the first night of Bigsound Live, but still want to keep up to date with the hottest bands to keep an eye on? Ahead of the second night of showcases, our writer, Emily Hosking, gives you her favourites picks of the Wednesday night live line-up.
Hailing from Sydney, the Lime Cordiale lads had the crowd at The Zoo bopping away to their infectious hooks and driving melodies. With a live Baritone sax and Trombone to round out the deal, the groove was certainly pumping.
There has been a lot of talk around town about Karl S. Williams, freshly signed with Footstomp Music, and it seemed everyone wanted to see what all the fuss was about. In a packed out Press Club, Karl S. Williams serenaded a sea of music lovers all desperately trying to listen to his smooth and effortless vocals over a cluster of networking voices. It was the place to be and everything about his set was magical. It’s no wonder everyone is talking about him.
The Creases at New Globe Theatre were without a doubt, these lads were my top pick of the night. Sporting hair-do’s from their parents’ era, these guys look like they are straight from the 60’s/70’s. This four-piece manages to create a big blur of an enormous sound, making everyone feel like they are on a ‘trip’ of their own. They even had the ‘ooo wah’ backing vocals going. You can’t understand how cool they are until you have seen them live.
It’s quite a spectacular thing to witness so much live music in one night. Sitting in my apartment working on Bigsound content at 5pm, I can hear APES smashing out their latest from a few blocks down. The flurry of live music in the Valley is something unheard of in most areas of Australia, so when the clock finally hit 8pm Bigsound Live officially opened its doors.
Jake Wilton has his own top picks for the first night of Bigsound 2014.
For me, though, it was Melbourne’s Baptism of Uzi that paved my night in the right direction. Having not played any QLD shows since their well deserved triple j Unearthed slot at Splendour in the Grass 2013, nor released any new music since then, it was quite mysterious to know what to expect. Jumping abruptly into to their breakout hit ‘Stray Current’, they spun it with heavier, more Sabbathy riffs and edgier lyrical phrases. The remainder of their set followed suit and was a surprising refresh on the band’s log of prog-psych tunes.
Black Bear Lodge, then, was the destination for me. BIGSOUND is all about dashing from venue to venue, trying to squeeze in as many bands as possible. Yet the next two acts that flawed me and was able to keep in the one place for that amount of time. Teeth & Tongue produced one of the most sensational of this year so to see songs like ‘Newborn’ is a live setting was a treat. Built with a backing band, front woman Jess Cornelius led the crew with her commanding voice and dominant guitar playing. Cornelius was nothing short of a dominatrix and a powerhouse force, which easily carried over to Felicity Groom’s set. Hailing from Perth, Groom cracked open so many new tunes – a teaser to what her new record will result in. Flipping between psych and pop sensibilities, seamlessly might I add, Groom was ferocious and truly spellbound the audience. Newly released tunes ‘Move Your Muscles’ and ‘Higher, Higher, Taller, Taller’ were received well.
Going from strength to strength, I decided to remain on the west side of the country and check out something from the underground with Usurper of Modern Medicine. Drums, synthesisers and a bass guitar was the premise of this group’s set up and allowed for serious noisy carnage. Again, following their state’s psych structure, Usurper of Modern Medicine showed depth and mathematical composition in their jammed out songs. I really wish I didn’t forget my ear plugs. APES bounced on after them with their incredibly refreshing take on classic rock ‘n’ roll. Having recently supported some huge name acts – Band of Skulls, Spiderbait – it’s clear to see the motivation and inspiration from these tours leaking into their newly formed set.
Another difficult decision was upon as the official after parties rolled on as it quickly became the wee hours of the morning. Alhambra Lounge, though, set up a fantastic bill of D.D. Dumbo, Client Liaison and secret headliners DMA’s. Proudly presented by I OH YOU, home to DMA’s, no doubt, the acts were buzzing and managed to mingle in the crowd amongst us commoners. D.D. Dumbo, hit the stage running with his looping, one man band, jungle party hits aesthetics. Client Liaison, my favourite Australian band at the moment, were classy and ready to dominant the music scene. Finally, DMA’s lived up to their hype and rightly earn a place on every festival bill this summer – seriously, they’re everywhere.