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

The Fools at @ West Room [16.04.21]

It was a lovely Friday evening and it ended up to also be a celebration of me finishing an exam, getting good marks in a group assignment (which, was no easy feat) and also QLD restrictions easing. And duh it was the start of the weekend. Lots of good vibes. Your favourite pal (me) is back! On Friday night I went along to the West Room with my best pals (T & K) to see The Fools. I had such a good night! West Room is a new music venue in Brissy – very nice, very groovy, very cool place to see a show at.

May be an image of 4 people and people smiling
the fools! (Cooper -> Kyle -> David -> George) — god I hope I got that right

I only recently stumbled across The Fools on some random Spotify playlist that had all these local Brisbane-based bands really liked their sound. Jokes on me because upon doing some digging I come to find they’re actually from New Zealand (well 3/4 of them) – so that was fake news. I was surprised only because I feel like they fit so nicely into the local music scene. They play indie-rock tunes that make you wanna tap your feet to and have a boogie. Their tracks are catchy and have catchy little riffs plus very nice vocals. All round a good time. They’re a really talented group of boys.

I would be lying if I said this was the perfect set. It was so so close to being but they didn’t play my favourite song (which, in my opinion is their best)! On Our Way is the first song I heard of theirs and is one of my fav tracks ever. It’s such a vibey song. It makes me want to spontaneously go across the world and fall in love with a stranger. It’s a song that you want to sing with your mates around a fire and reminisce and just chill out to. You should definitely listen to it. According to sources (I hear that they’re a pretty legit source too), they ran out of time. Big sad. Or maybe they just knew that I would have to see them again to hear it live?

They had a really good setlist (apart from the before mentioned hiccup) and it flowed well. The crowd was super engaged and everyone was havin a ball. It felt like they were relieved to be back playing music. After the first couple songs they were warmed up and ready for their their cover of She Wants My Money by Dominic Fike and it was SO GOOD. Like it fit their sound so well. They posted a video of them playing it on their facebook but I can’t embed it in so here’s the link (https://fb.watch/4XflcNI3bw/). They played Crazy which is such a vibey song – its crazy good (aHA). We heard their latest song Why You Sittin’ (like why are they sitting over there?) which is a very groovy track with some relatable lyrics. They made a wholesome music video too…

Another banger of a track that I like and the whole crowd was excited to hear was Coffee & Toast. Super catchy guitar moments in there – a real crowd pleaser. We also got a sneak peak into a few songs that I don’t think have been released yet so better keep your eyes peeled.

crazy -> why you sittin’ -> feel like you -> coffee & toast

Also! Shoutout to Bronte Eve who was supporting the fools. Such an amazing voice and very very talented. I loved Mess I Made. Powerful shit. And there was a special guest up on stage with The Fools for a couple of songs: Saul Harvey and plays in Plutos. Cool guy!

Live music never gets old. I’m going to be like 80 and my granddaughter is going to wheel me and my mates into a gig and I’m still gonna feel the same way. SO GOOD. SO MUCH TALENT OUT THERE. MUCH EXCITEMENT. I’m really keen to see what’s next for The Fools. I had the nicest time. I felt pretty chuffed that I found such a cool band. Check ’em out if you want to have a good time. Can’t wait to see them again! Here and here and here are some places you can find them. Hurrah for the live music scene in Brisbane!

clara x 2021

new camera! (and other things)

I’m back! I’ve been super busy and haven’t really found time to sit down and write as much as I’d like. I’m back at uni and it’s been pretty hectic. Lots of stuff to do. I’m busy but I think it’s a good busy. I have a routine and all that and I’m enjoying learning stuff in the ol brain of mine. So as the title says: yes I have a new camera! Yippee!

To tell you the truth, I had a post in my drafts that I was going to post but I wasn’t vibing it because it was going to be another ‘whoopsies film fail’ (pt 2). I thought that after the first fail and reflection that I would be able to get some more photos that I’m happy with. Well three rolls of film later and I wasn’t all that impressed. I was deflated. So I took a breather. And then life got busy and now a while later I’m here. I wasn’t planning on showing photos but I was randomly scrolling through them and thought, “hey those are kinda cool” – if I didn’t make posts about how I didn’t love them, I could pull them off as if that’s my style. Yeah, they’re a lot overexposed and a bunch of them were unfocused but that’s what happens. I might be a bit of an amateur photographer but made sure to change the exposure settings with these photos, if anything I thought they’d all come out underexposed. So I was stumped. Anyway – I started to think that maybe it was actually the camera itself. She’s a bit old and the light meter might’ve carked it. Before I talk about my new (to me) gadget here are some of the photos I wasn’t keen on posting…

I took some from the Invasion Day March:

And here are some others (a mix of going to noosa, straddie and random ones from home):

Again, I still like them because they are pictures of me doing stuff that I love and they mean something to me. But as you can see they all kinda have the same affect – very overexposed and kinda yellowish? Very old timey look. My friend (shoutout K) always describes them as dreamy. Onto the main event: my new camera! It’s a an Olympus OM-2. It’s an SLR (single-lens reflex) camera – which basically means its an upgrade. Waaaay cooler. It’s got a battery (fancy I know). I’m going to be honest in saying that I haven’t really done as much research as I did with my olympus trip 35 simply because there’s so much out there that I don’t understand. The research I did do on the Olympus OM-2 did say that it was pretty darn good.

I went to visit my family who live in New South Wales to test my new toy out. My dad helped me a bit – he tried his best to explain some of the features. I took a few photos and I’m so happy at how they turned out! The look so good! I’m really impressed at the light balance and I feel like it is so much more accurate – the style that I had always envisioned. So here are a few of my favs:

Omg the comparison between the two is so crazy. Wow. I can’t wait to take some more pictures my new beaut camera! So as I said – I’ve been super busy with uni so I haven’t really had much time to myself. This blog post has been in my drafts for so long but I only just got this film developed. Looking at these photos really made my day. I’m glad to be back posting something I feel super proud of. Stay tuuuuned.

clara x 2021

Shag Rock, Peach Fur & Selfish Sons @ the Tivoli [19.02.21]

I’m back at it again with another gig post! Last Friday night me and a few friends went to see Shag Rock, Peach Fur and Selfish Sons at the Tivoli. It was my first time seeing Shag Rock and they were bloody fantastic. The gig was completely sold out and felt like any other pre-covid gig (there was an actual mosh pit!!!). I’ve seen Peach Fur a couple of times ahem and funnily enough I’ve written a lil post about them too. Have a looksy if you wanna. I’ve also seen Selfish Son way back when I was maybe 18 or 19 (so eons ago ;)) so it was a blast from the past to see them again. It was a great night full of Brissy/Goldie bands that joined forces, creating an unforgettable night. The POWER.

Premiere: Shag Rock step outside of their comfort zone with Old School Lover
Shag Rock

Shag Rock are a local Brissy band that play groovy indie-surf-rock-pop-chill tunes. It’s made up of 4 super talented guys:, Jacob, Alex, Nick and Max. They totally live up to their cool beachy vibes – they literally have a song called Coconuts so if that’s not proof then I don’t know what is. Their music definitely makes you wanna have a boogie: full of those surfy guitar riffs, catchy lyrics and sweet sweet vocals (Jacob and Alex). Definitely some Sticky Fingers vibes in there. Their music makes me proud to be from Brisbane because how cool is it to be from the same city as these guys!

Shag Rock had a relaxed stage presence (ie wasn’t their first rodeo) – adding to their surfy/ laid-back vibe. I felt like their set list flowed really nicely (I don’t actually have it on me but just trust me when I say it did). They knew how to work the crowd – I had lots of fun dancing and jumping and swaying etc. Overall – they were really good live. No wonder the show sold out! If you get the opportunity, do yourself a favour and see them. You won’t regret it.

this playlist: Flicker -> Creaky Minds -> Deep Froth (my fav) -> Back In Our Day -> their cover of everything i wanted by billie eilish

They’ve got so many good songs. One of my favourite song of theirs is Deep Froth – such a banger. It’s catchy and kind of makes me want to road trip to the closest beach and just sit and listen to it there. Their most popular song is called Sunbleached Girl which is also a banger. But then there’s also Stacy which is a total hit when it comes to getting a party started or having a good ol groove (the real question is who is this Stacy girl?). I also really like their latest release Golden Lungs. It’s a bit more of a lowkey one – one that I was swaying to rather than jumping to at their gig. Word on the street is that they’re coming out with a new album this year! Keep an eye out for it – I can’t wait.

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Selfish Sons!

So Selfish Sons were the first act of the night (that I saw – I didn’t quite make it to Citrus Daze sorry). They’re a three-piece (shoutout Jordy, Finn and Jonty) Brisbane-based band that plays alt-rock-pop kinda music. They give me a 1975 kinda vibe. The first time I went to see them (I think it was a gig somewhere in the valley in like 2018) I took one of my best friends. As it turns out it was the first ever gig she’d been to and she came to Friday night’s gig too so it was kinda sentimental in that way. I hadn’t listened to them for a while so when I saw them on Friday I was reminded of how good they were! They had a really energetic stage presence – they were super into it and the crowd went crazy for it (as they should). My favourite song of theirs is Broke – a classic. But they just released Anything which definitely feels like a big pop song (I can imagine it playing on the radio).

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Peach Fur!

I’ve already written up a post on just how peachy Peach Fur were at their gig a lil while back. Basically they’re four uber groovy pals (Liam, Ben, Denny, and Mikey) who have a unique sound (imagine surfy rock, some psychedelic vibes, a bit of blues and reggae all blended into one). I can’t speak highly enough of them and how f*%$ing epic they are live (so if you ever get the chance to see them, you don’t wanna miss out). My friends and I managed to get pretty close to the action in the mosh pit which was pretty cool until we realised that we probably couldn’t last their whole set in there without getting accidentally punched in the face (some of those girls in there were feisty). I must be getting old if I can’t last a couple hours in the mosh (god that’s depressing). MOVING ON. Duh the set was great – they got the ‘horny boys’ (aka boys of trumpet/ saxophone) up to play a few songs (Funkn Oath (my fav song of theirs) and their cover of “Can’t Take My Eyes You” (which totally went OFFFF on Friday)). I also really liked when they played ‘Aliens‘ – they got real aliens up on stage! ~spoooky~~. You should give it a listen. Or pretty much any of their music.

I had such a good night: live music + dancing with friends = very happy Clara. Another hugely successful gig at the Tivoli! Post-covid I’m never going to take gigs for granted because they’re a damn blessing. So much good music all in one night! Happy happy days.

clara x 2021

noosa

Last week my family and I went to Noosa (the traditional owners of the land are the Kabi Kabi people) – more specifically we stayed in Sunshine Beach. It’s about a five minute drive from Noosa Heads (the main town). I had the loveliest time hanging out with the fam over the week we were there. The house we stayed in was walking distance to the beach so we went everyday. We’d go to the beach or hang out in Noosa in the morning (preferably to get an acai bow), have lunch, have a nap, and then take the dogs to the beach in the arvo. It was the perfect week. I read a couple of books while I was there: Eggshell Skull and Such A Fun Age. Both good reads but especially Eggshell Skull. It really impacted me – difficult to read at times but definitely worth the read.

Sunshine Beach is so so beautiful backed with noosa national park – there usually weren’t many people on the beach making it perfect for walks. We went into the Noosa Main beach a few times which was although much busier still just as beautiful. The beach is much more protected than Sunshine Beach so the waves were almost nonexistent when we went. We walked through the national park and along the way went to Hell’s Gates and stopped at a little beach.

This post is gonna be short and sweet – I’ve got some other posts on the back burner so watch out for them at some point.

clara x 2021