After the excellent The Royal Road EP dropped last year, I was very keen to see Beaten Bodies do their thing live.
They did not disappoint.
On record their sound is layered and complex and the group brought the lush arrangements and delicate structures to the stage with a musicianship well beyond their years.
Opening with a funk fuelled bass line from Liam Copland, the band got things started, preparing the stage for the entrance of lead singer Marli.
From the opening notes many a jaw was left wide opened as (in the words of the evening’s MC) the velvet honey vocals quickly filled the air.
The five-piece from Wollongong laid down complex, engaging grooves in their first Gold Coast show, debuting some brand new material alongside cuts from their debut EP.
Exploring electornica, jazz and r’n’b territory, it’s exciting to hear such delicate sounds from a young group of musicians. The highlight of the night was a take on Kanye West’s Flashing Lights, which should be immediately pressed to 7′ vinyl.
With a potential album later this year, add Beaten Bodies to your artists to watch in 2015 list immediately.