The effortlessly cool Courtney Barnett kicked off her Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit Album tour in Hobart and is making her way around to Melbourne for her last shows, three Melbourne shows to be exact, obviously impressing her home crowd and making them very proud.
I headed along to the sold out show in at the HiFi in Brisbane, which was full to the brim but luckily Courtney attracts cool people so no rowdy crowds were present. Thigh Master kicked off the night, a garage-rock four piece from Brisbane. The band released a two track EP this time last year titled Goon Punch/GAB CAB, two short but punchy tracks, which is similar to what other Aussie bands such as Food Court and Lunatics on Pogosticks are doing at the moment. They played a short set, couldn’t really understand the lead singer when he addressed the crowd but hey the music was cool and the crowd was digging it.
Drinks starting flowing and more people starting rolling in as Melbourne based group, Teeth & Tongue jumped up on stage. The band have been touring with Courtney Barnett throughout her whole Aussie tour so I was expecting good things and of course these guys killed it. Their sound was so tight and fun, as soon as they started playing all I could think of was the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs.
Front woman, Jess Cornelius, originally from New Zealand formed the band back in 2009, already with two albums behind her, Grids was released back in March 2014, it really cemented Teeth & Tongue’s sound and created a lot of attention for the band, playing Falls Festival, Laneway and touring with Australian mega star, Vance Joy. The band brought a great energy to the venue, I was so impressed with their stage presence and the interaction they had with the crowd. Lead singer and driving force behind the band, Jess had some pretty sick dance moves, you could liken it to some 80’s aerobic maneuvers; quite eye catching and she pulled it off oh so well. After a killer set from Teeth & Tongue, everyone was pumped up for Courtney, the curtains closed as they changed the stage setting.
Courtney strolled onto the stage rocking the classic black skinny legs and t-shirt, something I really love about this chick is that she is just having fun with everything, she’s killing it in Australia and now overseas but still such a humble person and laid back all ’round legend. She played loads of tracks off her newly released album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit such as Dead Fox, Depreston, Elevator Operator and Pedestrian At Best, just to name a few. The crowd pretty much knew every song, especially a really enthusiastic lady grooving out next to me.
The lyrics of Courtney’s songs are so patriotically Australian, she makes references to vegemite, native animals and major cities; it makes me so ‘bloody’ proud to be Aussie mate.
She makes witty references to global issues and presents herself as quite an activist in a hidden way, raising issues of the Great Barrier Reef, culling of sharks and global warming as a holistic issue. Barnett had people head banging and grooving all night, the crowd demanded an encore and she cracked out her lovely cover of the Lemonheads’ track Being Around and punchy track Pickles From The Jar released prior to the album.
I love Courtney’s attitude, effortlessly cool aura and of course her sound, such a fun gig, make sure you get your ass to one of her shows when she tours Australia again. This lady is heading back to US and Europe after her Australian tour finishing up in her hometown of Melbourne, so if you don’t have her album, you need to reevaluate many aspects of your life.