The Loft | 31 January 2014
It’s a Friday night and The Loft on Chevron Island is beginning to fill, as folk eagerly await the EP launch of Brisbane band The Mistaeks. Following on from their debut EP Noob, comes the sophomore EP Interrobang. As space began to fill I could already spot one enthusiastic fan wandering around in a band tee, and the energy began to build.
The place was buzzing as opener Pirates of the Tempest, a solo indie act, stood quietly under the spotlight. Gabrielle Lamb, the vocalist and guitarist, swayed softly as her husky piercing voice melded with her acoustic guitar to create a stunning sound. With an amazing cover of Jeff Buckleys Lover you should have come over she had the crowd mesmerized and chanting “encore” when she finished her set.
Speaking to a fellow music lover about the next band up I was interested to hear they were veteran musicians who had recently come together to form a new band. Unfortunately the second band to the stage, Nowhere Else, made me want to be somewhere else. Now that’s not to say there weren’t enjoyable elements to this set, the lead singer Jodie Maloney has a great sense of power to her vocals and the foundations are solid. However with a similar set up, genre and experience to The Mistaeks the performance lacked the energy of the headliners.
Finally, as the hour grew late The Mistaeks (pictured) stepped into the spotlight, amidst welcome cheers. One thing you can always rely on at a Mistaeks gig is energy that will rock your socks off. Front woman Markella Vergotis never fails to shake, twist and groove her way around the stage; and the band fits together perfectly. Guitarist and vocalist Tom Stephenson blends perfectly with Markella, cracking jokes in between songs. Drummer Dan Zullo had an ear splitting grin on his face as the band launched into a cover of the Electric Six song Gay Bar, and bassist Jake Fountain kept his trademark cool as they wowed the crowd with new songs like Astronauts. With a special guest appearance on the drums by Grant Butler (The Midnight Antics) the band played Comprehensive Lisp with dual drummers and Markella danced her way up the staircase, involving the crowd. The show drew to a close with demands of ‘encore’ being screamed out and thankfully Markella’s melodious vocals pulled the crowd into one last frenzy of jumping, rattling and rolling.
Photo courtesy Live & Wired Photography.