Fraser Bell & Girl and Girl @ Black Bear Lodge [20.11.21]

Crikey! I cannot believe it has been so long since I last wrote a gig post. As per usual, life has been particularly busy. Plus, if I’m being completely honest, a few gigs I was really looking forward to were postponed (shoutout covid) which left me feeling bleh about it all. But you’re in luck because I went to a great gig last night and it has indeed inspired me to write a little post on! On a Saturday night I went off to see Fraser Bell at Black Bear Lodge and it was a hoot and a half.

The night didn’t exactly go smooth sailing when one of my friends rocked up without having bought a ticket. Pre-covid, this wouldn’t be an issue because there would likely be some last-minute tickets at the door. Unfortunately, there weren’t, even after my friend pouted and was on the verge of TeARs (I’m kidding). Shoutout Z for being a legend and accepting her fate. But never fear! There will always be another gig (and the sneak peak is that we will be going to a big one soon).

Fraser Bell

SO – cut to the chase Clara. Fraser Bell is/are a Brisbane-based artist that plays indie-guitar-pop-rock. His singing style is the kind of talk singing. This kind of singing reminds me a lot o f Rolling Blackout Coastal Fever who, I’m a huge fan of. This sound also reminds me a bit of Courtney Barnett. When you listen to them you’ll know what I’m talking about. The lyrics are witty and the guitar is upbeat and catchy. Very cool and very Australian.

There were two support acts: Girl and Girl and Nicole McKinney. Unfortunately, as per usual I did in fact miss Nicole McKinney because I am unable to get ready on time. BUT upon listening to some of her songs – I really wish my time management skills were better. She has a beautiful voice and sings dreamy indie-pop. I like her song Stay.

girl and girl

Next up was Girl and Girl. Now, I was really looking forward to seeing them because I missed out on seeing them a little while ago when they played at the Junk Bar a little while ago. I’m a fan. Girl and Girl are a Gold Coast/Brisbane band who play grunge-alternative-rock-punk music. They remind me a bit of The Smiths or Bowie and some good old 70s (? maybe 80s) Aussie rock. Their honest lyrics kinda remind me of Goon Sax another great local band. Very very cool. Also, I have to bring attention to their drummer who is the coolest lady. She’s the Aunty of one of the other band members and she emulates the ultimate cool-girl vibes. I LOVE IT!

Girl and Girl had a great stage presence and energy! There were some golden tracks they played from their newly released EP: A Typical Friday Night which I love. They played my fav song at the moment, Shame It’s Not Now – which, everyone should listen to. The lyrics are funny and honest, the tune is catchy – an all-round good time. It was definitely a crowd favourite and best believe I was having a boogie. After playing this song they played another banger – Ocean Song, also very groovy. The guitar riff is cool so check that one out. After that one was Doctor Marten, another cracker. To my displeasure, they did not do an encore (since when did bands actually run on time?) and after confirmation of the setlist, they did not play another of my favourite songs White Tiles. I’m not sure what the story was but you should definitely listen to it regardless! It’s got a real edge to it and is their most popular song for a reason.

Now onto Fraser Bell. He was up on stage with a band and a special guest (shoutout eloela). This gig was celebrating his newest release, Still Spinning, which is full of catchy guitar and groovy beat. Very cool. Fraser Bell’s music was well suited to a more low-key audience (although some people did try and mosh… it didn’t quite work out). This meant it worked out well with the venue – a more low-key kinda vibe. He played one of his older songs, Royal Festival Hall which – you guessed it: about meeting someone (shoutout) at the Royal Festival Hall. There is definitely more background to the song but there ya go. He played Rush, which I think was the first song I heard of his that made me think – dang this is catchy. I love the guitar to this one! Their last song was Ode to Anxieties, which also catchy but also strongly emotionally charged. I think this one is my new favourite.

I had a fab night as always. Long live brissy music! Good tunes and good company.

clara x 2021

clara x 2021

juicy film dump

Golly gosh! I haven’t posted in real hot minute! Life has been busy! There’s been a lack of gigs (ok well that’s not completely true, I have been to a couple but they didn’t really count because I either showed up late or was too just didn’t write one up). Hoping to go to some soon so stay tooned.

That being said! Here are some film pics that I’ve taken ;)…

These are from a trip I went to visit a friend and her bub!

These are from a hike I went on with my dad and sister!

I went to the gold coast with my best friends!

Here are some from when I went to Hobart…I went to Hobart? Yes, yes I did. It was fun! I had the loveliest time! Friendos and familios!

Here are some from my uni ball…where I was completely sober the whole night

Here are some ‘fails’ (because they are inevitable and they’re also fun to look at). I kind of love them.

Well well well. That was a lot of film to scroll through. Congrats if you made it through. I have a lot to be grateful of at the moment. Lots of good friends – some new friends (!) and some old friends (<3) and family and good music and things coming up and things ending WHEW!

clara x 2021

Buttered, Bronte Eve & Harrison R. King @ Miami Marketta [16.07.21]

It’s a good day for another gig post! This time in the Gold Coast (#claragoescoastal). I was in the neighbourhood on a Friday night, obviously I was gonna scope out a gig for me and my pals (my duty as a friend and human). Low and behold I see that Buttered were playing that same night. I only recently stumbled across them so I was keen to see them. Miami Marketta is such a cool venue at the Gold Coast. There were night markets with SO much delicious food so that meant dinner (I had spinach and cheese gozleme if you must know) and a show. Unfortunately there was no dancing (covid safe things) so I didn’t get the chance to show the locals my sick moves (next time). Nevertheless – I had the nicest time – my heart is so FULL.

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Buttered

Buttered are two beautiful boys (shoutout Scott and Jackson) from The Gold Coast who make music that’ll make you swoon (ok well music that makes me swoon). Their vibe is a delicious, coastal mix of soul, jazz, blues and funk. Kind of Matt Corby vibes. My friend said they sound like Alan Stone. Of course their name is ‘Buttered’. It’s all things smooth, gooey and LUSCIOUS. Those amazing vocals and harmonies with keys and guitar are full of grooviness. Down right delightful.

(Harrison)

First up was Harrison R. King – a one man band that plays bluesy, acoustic goodness with a voice full of warmth and beautiful lyrics. Kind of Xavier Rudd vibes? A seriously talented guy. I picture myself listening to this music in my cabin hidden away in some beautiful mountain. He released an album called In Good Time and I really like the track Step Outside.

Next up was Bronte Eve. The queen herself. This chica is so talented. I was first introduced to her way back when I saw The Fools at the West Room earlier this year (see post here). I also saw her a couple weeks ago when she played at The Bearded Lady in Brissy (when we could actually dance). I was completely in awe of her and her powerful vocals then and on Friday night. So much range and so much sass. Her latest release is Mess I Made but I hear she’s releasing music real soon – I can’t wait! She also played a cover of Childish Gambino’s Redbone which was super groovy. I also like her song Camomile but I don’t think you can find that on Spotify so you’ll just have to trust me in that yes, it is a fab song.

Saint Lane

There was also a special guest, Saint Lane who performed a comedy bit right before Buttered. I can’t exactly remember the punchline of the joke but I do remember it was funny and I remember it being something to do with 7’s. He also performed with Buttered a bit later on (a man of many talents). Why don’t all gigs have someone doing a bit before hand to hype up the crowd?

Buttered

And now for the main act — Buttered. They came onstage with a band so the sound had more layers and spices. I adored their stage presence. A bit of banter and a few jokes here in there (some of them landed, some of them might of missed their mark but were still appreciated). I love to see it. Their first song of the night was Electrify which eased us into the set. What a groovy track. They played Brown Shoes after which is one of my favs. They played a song with Saint Lane which was dope (see vid). Near the end of the night they played their latest release, Love which is a like a slice of happiness. Listening to it is like the feeling of new love – that gooey, cheesy goodness. The last song (before the encore) was Chasing Feelings which is a smoooooooth track. It’s got waking-up-on-a-sunday-morning-with-a-coffee vibe to it. After the crowd gladly welcomed them back onstage for one more song, they finished the night on a beaut cover of 50 Ways To Leave A Lover by Paul Simon. They also played a few songs that aren’t on Spotify as of yet but I have reason to believe that they are releasing some music on July 30th (if my memory is correct). So mark it in your calendars.

I was beaming of joy after leaving that gig. Lots of good things have come of that night. Firstly, that I feel very grateful to be able to be listening and experiencing live music. Secondly, that this gig is a good omen. And thirdly, that I’ve decided Buttered should play this at my wedding (currently taking applications for the groom).

clara x 2021

re: my notes on the night

another roll of film!

Howdy folks! I haven’t written a post in a little while – mainly because I haven’t been to any gigs recently (shoutout covid) but I’m on uni holidays right now so I’ve had a fair bit of time to myself. I was originally planning on going to Sydney to see family and hang out. Covid had other plans so that fell through. In the meantime, I’ve been hanging out with friends, going to the beach and keeping myself busy at home. I have been taking photos with my new camera (Olympus OM-2) and I thought I’d quickly share them.

If you’ve read any of my other posts on film photography, you’ll probably notice a bit of a theme. That is, the photos I take are mainly when I go to the beach. It feels natural for me to take photos here because there’s always some cool landscape to shoot or other beachy things. I’m not really the type of person to take my camera everywhere because I don’t think I have the eye for spotting locations and I don’t really know what I’m doing. I would like to try different kinds of photography in the future so watch this space.

Anyway – my dad, sister and I went to Bribie Island with the dogs a couple of weeks ago and I took some photos:

And then I also went to Burleigh Heads (one of my favourite beaches nearby). I didn’t get that many photos here because I ran out of film and wasn’t organised enough to bring another one. Whoopsies.

I quite like how they turned out! I still need to work on taking straight photos but that can always be adjusted. I still need to work on actually learning how to use it. I haven’t really been changing the aperture or anything so I definitely need to get on that. I’m not an expert and I don’t really plan on becoming one. I do it for fun, I like the photos that I take and that’s that. But there’s always room for improvement. That’s all for today folks but I’m in the middle of shooting a new roll of film so I’ll keep y’all posted.

clara x 2021

Pacific Avenue @ West Room [18.06.21]

I’m back! This time for another gig (shocker)! On Friday night I went to see Pacific Avenue at West Room with my galpal and boy oh boy were they good! Honestly one of my fav gigs I’ve been to.

Merch | Pacific Avenue

Pacific Avenue are four lovely boys coming in hot from Gerringong that play alt-rock-surfy-groovy tunes. They play that classic type of rock that’s sort of familiar (but with an extra flair) and makes you wanna bop your head or have a good old dance (the latter option preferred). The tour follows their latest release of “Easy Love” – a song about love, more importantly loving whoever you damn please.

The first band that played was Verum, a local band that plays rock-punk tunes. Listen to Hurricane for a good time. After them was The Good Love which are band from northern new south wales that play dreamy-60s-pop-rock tunes. There was a flutist. Need I say more? Ok so yes I will say more because they were amazing. They were dressed to impress too and watching them onstage jamming out was so cool. I strive to be as cool as they were. So much bloody fun. Listen to em’ – I liked Slow to San Fransisco, Jennifer Susan and Lady Lover. They did a cover of a Beatles song – which is totally checks out.

Now for the main act…Pacific Avenue. First off – they were dressed to impress. I’m talking bell bottom jeans and flowy shirts. They had an infectious energy up on stage, confident, fun and enthusiastic – which made it easy to jump around and have a boogie. My friend H was pretty keen to get into the crowd so we started off strong in amongst all of fans. We didn’t quite make it to the front but after a few songs I was ready to head further to the back to give me more room to show of my sick dance moves (and recover from the sweaty mess that was the mosh pit).

The Good Love -> Pacific Avenue: Excuse Me -> My Hero -> California Blues -> I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor -> Something Good

They started off strong, playing You: an upbeat, classic rock banger of theirs that set the scene for the rest of the night. Next up was Excuse Me which is also a banger and a real crowd pleaser. Sally (what a lady she must’ve been) was up next – a dreamy, lush song about love at first sight! What a feeling. They played one of my faves Someday Soon which feels really nostalgic. They absolutely killed their cover of Arctic Monkey’s I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor. Now that was a fun one to dance to. Speaking of covers, they also did a cover of Powderfinger’s My Happiness – an Aussie classic that also really suited their sound. They also nailed it. What can’t they do?

Obviously the last two songs were Easy Love and of course my favourite song of theirs: Something Good. I can’t explain how much joy this song brings me. It’s a song that I listen to when I need a good ol’ cheering up or just when I’m in a good mood (so versatile). It’s upbeat and is a tune that I wanna blast in summer with some mates. It has their signature rock but so much of that coastal/beachy goodness that I LOVE. Listen to this song. Do it.

Great night. Great vibes. And one happy Clara.

clara x 2021

The Grogans @ Black Bear Lodge [22.05.21]

Two gigs in a row! Saturday night I headed to Black Bear Lodge to see The Grogans. I must say, I’ve been looking forward to this gig for quite some time and it totally lived up to my expectations.

Surf rock trio The Grogans on the making of 10-track debut album Just What  You Want
SHOUTOUT

The Grogans are three boyz from Melbourne (Quin, Angus and Jordan) that play indie-surfy-garage-rock. They give me Sticky Fingers, Ocean Alley and some type of 60s rock vibe. Absolutely delightful sound. Their latest album is called Day/To/Day, I think it’s one of my fav albums. I can listen to all of the songs without skipping so – in my books, that means it’s bloody good.

Unfortunately, yet again – I didn’t quite make the first support act. That’s on me (and that darn assignment). The first act was Radium Dolls: a rock band from Brissy. Their sound is pretty mixed: got some songs which is are quite rowdy rock (e.g. Treat) but then they have more lowkey songs (e.g. Better). A mixed bag of goodies. I did manage to catch Greatest Hits which are a super groovy kinda 70’s happy indie pop. They were super fun onstage and for the last song they got the bongo drums involved which, is always a sign of a good time. Their song Banana Moon is a bitta fun and I liked Trying.

I wish I had their set list for you, I really do. If I was bold then I would’ve simply asked them, they were hanging round afterwards. Instead I got my friend (K) to take what I thought was their set list from the stage and I was thrilled. Stowed it in my pocket. A momento! Well – as it turns out it was in fact, the Greatest Hits’s setist. My bad. I do remember them playing some of my favourites: Got a Girl (a banger), Unnecessary (this one is probably my fav off their newest album I must say its just so VIBEY with that riff and groovy beat GAH), Takin’ It Easy (makes me wanna kick back on the beach in the arvo and watch the surf) and Dead Weight. They played their classic Lemon To My Lime which feels like a love song that was made for high school type of love. Very cute. They played an acoustic version of Money Will Chase You which was really nice – everyone in the crowd knew the words so it was wholesome.

I had a fucking brill night – I had such a good night. The Grogans are an impressive band, with a great sound and cool attitude. Honestly one of my favourite bands. Look out for these boys — I reckon they’re gonna go far. Get amongst them!

clara x 2021

Death by Denim & The Moving Stills @ The Brightside [21.05.21]

Another blog post about a gig I went to! Hurrah! My friendo Z and I went to see Death by Denim this Friday – a sweet way to start the weekend off. This week has been bloody exhausting. Jesus christ. Pro tip: if you’re stressed out, have a boogie and get it out of your system (ideally to a groovy band, but otherwise wherever the heck you want).

Interview with DEATH BY DENIM (December 2020) - Amnplify
Death by Denim

Death by Denim are a an indie rock band straight outta the burbs of Perth. There’s Nik (lead vocals/guitar), Palle (lead guitar, backing vocals), George (bass guitar, keys, backing vocals) and Hamish (drums). Their vibe is kinda psychedelic-synthy-fuzzy-groovy-pop. If any of those sounds adjectives tickle your fancy, give them a listen! Their latest album came out at the end of last year but I think this was the first time they had performed the songs so it was pretty exciting.

BTW! My bad but Z and I weren’t quite able to make the first support act, Fomi! Sorry! But I had a little listen and I really like her! She’s from Brissy. Very dreamy. A bit edgy. I like her song Asshole. Speaks for itself. No but for real it’s a good song.

The Moving Stills DownLow Tour Tickets at The Northern (Byron Bay, NSW) on  Saturday, 26 June 2021
The Moving Stills!

The Moving Stills were supporting Death by Denim and I gotta say they’re one of new fav bands. I saw them at Spacey Jane a lil while ago and really liked them so I was stoked to hear that they were supporting! I really love their energy (and their hair) on stage. I talked more about them in that post but basically they’re a really cool band from central coast of NSW that play surfy-rock-pop-alt vibes (my fav kinda vibe). Listen to them! They’re also going on tour soon so defs go if you can (go on their website to see when/where)! Their latest release is Downlown which is a banger but ofc Nineteen is my fav and I just put Stick Around in my playlist. Do what you want with that information.

Death by Denim had a really confident presence on stage and totally feeling themselves (as they should). The lead singer Nik totally reminds me of David Le’aupepe from Gang of Youths onstage – dancing + the hair. The crowd was loving it. I was loving it. The tall buff, kinda weird vibed guy in front of me (you might be able to see one of his biceps in the clips) was absolutely frothing it. They played some songs off their latest album like Homemade and Golden Morning. Then some of their classics like Wiggy (the grooviest song out I LOVE IT, one of my fav songs to have a good ol groove to), Cigarettes and Honey (a classic) and Caged. Check them out on Instagram or Facebook because they said they’re gonna be releasing a new song soon! I can’t remember when. Soon! Keep ya eyes peeled.

Such a good night!

clara x 2021

Middle Kids @ QPAC [13.05.21]

I’ll be honest in saying this week’s been tough (uni is kicking my ass) so this gig came at the right time. So off I went with my mate Z (who is a HUGE fan) and her friends to see the lovely Middle Kids. A few hours of listening/seeing some good ol live music I felt those worries disappear (for a little bit anyway). That’s always a nice feeling. And what a way to go. It was such a beautiful concert.

Today We're The Greatest
Middle Kids

Middle Kids are an alternative rock band from Sydney. Shoutout for their cool name because I too, am a middle child. They’re made up of the wonderful/talented singer Hannah Joy (boy oh boy does she bring JOY to everyone listening, also she is one of the coolest chicks out there – she’s definitely someone to look up to as a woman), Tim Fitz on bass and Harry Day on drums. The tour was in celebration of the newly released album, Today We’re The Greatest. I must say that I really enjoy listening to this album, something about it feels personal – like someone is writing you a letter.

It was at QPAC which is theatre in Brisbane where a lot of fancy musicals and fancy people go to so it was a bit strange seeing a gig there. But, I felt like given their latest album has a more mature, sitting-down-with-friends-with-a-glass-of-wine-talking-about-life-and-love vibes, it was well suited to this kind of atmosphere. The beautiful high ceilings created lots of open space for her beautiful voice to sail through the room. The whole audience fell into some kind of trance – on the edge of our seats every time they begun playing another song. The lights were epic too – lots of colours and stuff. Cool. Plus, there was some witty banter between songs that made everyone have a chuckle which is always nice and also refreshing.

The lovely Tia Gostelow was the support act. She’s an Indigenous Australian singer-songwriter from Mackay, Queensland. Super talented gal with the voice of a bloody angel. Listen to Strangers if you wanna feel like you’re living in a movie and you’re the main character.

Some of my favourite songs of the night were Edge of Town (which I think was the first song I listened to of theirs), Stacking Chairs, Questions (because they brought out trumpet and trombone players – super cool) and R U For Me? (their lead single of their latest album). They played Today We’re The Greatest, which for some reason always brings me to tears. It feels like someone is telling you that you’ve come so far, I know it’s tough but you’re doing well and you’re gonna get through it. That’s what I feel anyway. Oddly specific but anyway. You should definitely listen to that one if you need that kind of message. For the final song, Don’t Be Hiding, the band gathered at the stage and song it together, like we were all being personally serenaded. It was enough to almost bring me to tears again. It was such a great song to end with, with such a lovely message about sharing and accepting your imperfections. Middle Kids! Bringing you the music you need in your life.

clara x 2021

Spacey Jane @ the Riverstage [29.04.21]

HOLY HECK. Spacey Jane. The one and only. On Thursday night I got to catch them perform at the Riverstage and boy oh boy what a night to remember. Brisbane has been fudged over a lot and this gig was a long long time coming. I should say SHOUTOUT to my sister, Sofia a big fan of theirs who, along with many others had bought a ticket to see them play over a year ago and was devo when they changed the dates so last minute she almost wasn’t able to make it. I can’t even remember how many times they have been forced to change the dates, cancel, change venues. They played Wednesday and Thursday night but they were originally meant to play the weekend before but had to cancel last minute (when I say last minute I mean literally an hour before the gates were open) because of newly imposed restrictions (shoutout covid). There were a lot of upset fans out there (my sister included) but I don’t think anyone could stay mad at Spacey.

Spacey Jane “Sunlight”
spacey jane!!!!

The Riverstage is a really cool venue in Brisbane, probably one of my favourites in Brisbane or matter of fact anywhere. It’s outdoors so it almost feels like a festival. It’s big enough so the sound quality is CRISP (compared to a lot of smaller venues). The stage is at the bottom of hill so everyone gets a good view. Any band that plays there has made it. So congrats Spacey Jane – you have made it to the big leagues. It was such a lovely night. There was a cool breeze and there was a full moon. STUNNING. Usually there venue is standing only but for some reason there was a seating area sectioned off right at the front. Because I bought my tickets later (mind you I had to pay extra $$ – also – I technically did have tickets from when they first announced their tour but my ex got them for me so lol), I got to sit right in there. It was pretty strange. And also it wasn’t full – there were plenty of empty chairs but it just meant that there was more roooom to dance.

Ok so before I get stuck into Spacey’s setlist and whatnot – there were two support acts: The Moving Stills and Jess Day (who isn’t to be confused with Jessica Day from New Girl which, btw is a great show). The Moving Stills were SO GOOD. I can’t believe I have been missing out on them. Like huh? They’re a four-piece indie-pop-rock-surf kinda band (right up my alley) from Central Coast NSW. Very groovy. Very cool. Plus, they covered Boys Don’t Cry by the Cure which was so good (very well suited to their sound). I really liked their song Nineteen but their latest song Gene is also a banger. Next up was Jess Day. Super cool chick – her sound reminds me of WAAX but more lowkey. So it’s moody-indie-pop-punk vibes. I like her song Affection.

Now! What you have all been waiting for…Spacey Jane. They’re an indie-rock-pop-garage band from Perth made up of Caleb (lead vocalist), Kieran (drummer), Peppa (bass guitarist) and Ashton (guitarist). Their music is dreamy and the four of them make up a great team. I’ve actually seen them before – in 2019 (ah, remember the pre-covid days?) at the Solbar in Sunny Coast. I remember thinking hot damn, these guys are good! They were so much fun up there. The Riverstage is a whole other ball game. There’s so much space up there and they looked like they were having the time of their lives. Jumping around and getting the crowd hyped up. They KILLED IT. I couldn’t stop smiling the whole time. They put on such a great performance. Honestly. So good.

As soon as they walked on stage, the whole crowd went mental (including me duh). This gig was in celebration of their latest album Sunlight which is their debut album and so they played a bunch of songs off it. Like their first song was their banger (I mean all their songs are), Skin of course. That’s my sister’s fav song of theirs so it was a nice way to start off the night. Their setlist was pretty good – they built up the crowd well, capturing their attention. They played other songs off their album like Good Grief (duh – one of my favs, shoutout to Caleb for putting the guitar tutorial on the Spacey fan page), Weightless, Head Cold, Straightfaced (I LOVE this song – catchy, heartbreaking lyrics with their signature kinda melodic guitar). They finished off (before the encore) with Booster Seat, their most popular song. It came second place on Triple J’s Hottest 100, which by the way is a BIG deal. It’s definitely there of favourite songs of theirs, it kind of has a nostalgic feel to it. My dad and I like listening to it in the car (sappy I know). They also played a bunch of their older ones – Feeding the Family (a classic) and Thrills (another crowd pleaser). They ended the night with the one and only, Good For You. WHAT A NIGHT. The one thing I will say – it was a bit sad to see ol mate Kieran (drummer) hidden away up the back! You couldn’t really see him and I’m like hello drums are JUSt as important.

Writing up this post makes me want to be back in those couple of hours. Those lil moments where I feel so whole. GAH. It was an absolute dream. I got to see one of my favourite bands at one of my favourite venues. And bonus discovered a new band that I love. Blezzed. Spacey Jane are honestly such a staple in the Aussie music scene. They’re popular for a reason. Listen to em’! They literally don’t have any bad songs.

clara x 2021

SHOUTOUT Spacey for comin thru with sick merch

Holy Holy @ the Tivoli [25.04.21]

Another gig! Saturday night I went to see them with some pals to see the wonderful Holy Holy. Such a wholesome evening! We went to see their second session of the night – my theory that it’s always better to go to the later session. Because it was such a late gig, my friend and I ended up going for ice cream after dinner close to the venue and walked there. WHOLESOME. It was the perfect weather: a little chilly outside but nice enough indoors.

We met up with my other friends at the Tivoli and I told my friend (shoutout Z) that Holy Holy weren’t coming on until 11pm. Way past her bedtime! How oh how will she stay awake? Never fear! Queen P was the support act. That perked her (and everyone else) right up. Queen P: an African-Australian rapper who exudes confidence and has an infectious energy that would make anyone want to get up. Behind each of her songs were important messages, she discussed issues of race and being confident. Queen With Colour was pretty epic – minimalistic beats with some intense bass – you wouldn’t normally find it in my playlist but I’d add it to my playlist of feeling-like-a-bad-bleep.

First Spin: Holy Holy get sentimental in asking 'How You Been' - Music News  - triple j
Holy Holy!

Holy Holy are an indie rock duo are made up of two super talented, homegrown blokes: guitarist Oscar Dawson and vocalist Timothy Carroll. Something interesting that I was told by someone (which I had to fact check) was that they actually met as volunteer English teachers! What a cool way to start up a band. I feel like they are a staple in the Aussie indie-rock scene. Their music has evolved over the past years – transforming from a more classic indie rock into what they have become now which is far more experimental with extra layers and loops and synths and more.

Their songwriting abilities are amazing (maybe because they were English teachers?) and it actually feels like a they’re telling you a story. Their lyrics tackle lots of important issues and they’re not really afraid to confront them. Frida is a song that I felt a strong connection to – it centres around gender stereotypes and how we live in a society where girls aren’t treated the same as boys. It’s also a nod to Carroll’s own daughter, Frida (which I totally have down as a possible baby name (in the FUTURE – don’t freak out)).

I’ve actually seen Holy Holy before, at Falls Festival 2019 and loved them – but this gig was on a whole other level. It was in a closed space so it allowed for there to be more ~atmospheric if you will. Carrolls’s sweet, smooth vocals floated through the air. Dawson’s heckin good guitar skills were on full display, smashing out those solos. Their music allowed for a far more tame mosh pit – one were you didn’t get squashed but one that you could also jump around. I had such a blast singing and dancing along with everyone else. You can tell how experienced onstage – they had great stage presence, confident and relaxed.

Maybe You Know was the first song of the night and what a song to get the crowd warmed up for! It’s the first song on their album My Own Pool of Light. That and Teach Me About Dying (which they actually played last (not including the encore) which sort of tied the set up really nicely) are the two tracks from that album that I first heard and really liked. So those and Frida are my picks off My Own Pool of Light – and Faces. That’s a bop.

them playing Port Rd

Their latest song, How You Been was played with Tia Gostelow as a guest. When I first heard it I thought I would make a note of what I thought of it, knowing that I was going to see them. It was a classic Holy Holy song (indie rock kinda pop vibes) which such a strong shift from their song before Port Rd (ft. Queen P) herself which was played after. That song was definitely a wild card for the band. It had been a little while since Holy Holy had released anything and they definitely got me (and probably a lot of other people) intrigued into what’s more to come.

They played their Like a Version cover of Green Light by Lorde which the crowd loved:

For the encore they played Sentimental and Monday which, is also one of my favourites. A lyric that always stick with me is “This darkness is nothing but a lack of light”. When I listen to it and I’m feeling down I think ‘that’s true and I should be seeing it that way’. So in a way it is quite a sentimental song for me. They played it stripped down which suits the song well. There no mics and the crowd was instructed to be quiet (which wasn’t done very well – if you listen carefully to the last clip you can hear someone telling someone off). They ended on a crowd pleaser and most popular songs, True Lovers which was the best way to end the night.

faces -> starting line -> how you been -> port rd -> sentimental and monday

I had such a lovely evening. Spending time with some good friends, getting to do the thing that brings me the most joy. It’s these kind of gigs that make me feel so grateful to be here and doing this life thing. Straight up wholesome energy that whole night. Keen to see what else Holy Holy have up their sleeve…

clara x 2021

shoutout holy holy for making cool merch