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Philadelphia Grand Jury

24 April 2019 – The Blackbear Lodge – words and pictures by Bec Harbour

In 2009, Hope is for Hopers was a breath of fresh air in Australian music when it was wandering about not really knowing what to do with itself. I’d stopped listening to Triple J and had moved across to sourcing my new music from the internet. Philadelphia Grand Jury, or as their kick drum skin proclaims – the Philly J’s, didn’t sound like like much else out there.

They still don’t.

The Philly J’s are an eclectic mix, their sound has evolved but their high energy has remained the same – they move around the stage more than any other band I have photographed AND this includes drummer Dan W. Sweat who at the end of the set got his kit moved into the crowd.

They were supported by Georgie Nielsen and the Palms and Jaguar Jonze. I missed Georgie Nielsen and the Palms, by all accounts I missed a great set from them (darn Valley parking). Jaguar Jonze played an amazing set – they just keep getting better every time I see them play.

The Philly J’s started their set with No You Don’t. Second song was Ready to Roll.Their set was carefully constructed with crowd favourites sandwiched with the brand new song $10K – and recorded dialogue (I was trying to work out how Simon “Berkfinger” Berckelman was speaking – turns out you record your stage banter prior to the gig). At the end of the set Berckelman and Joel “MC Bad Genius” Beeson swapped guitar and bass duties, then handed them off to members of the audience while they moved the drum kit into the audience.

This was a great gig, they only have one show left to play after this one (Gum Ball Festival in the Hunter Valley). If you missed this gig, you might have missed out on seeing them for a while.

Meg Mac – Give Me Back My Name

Tivoli – 13 April 2019 – reviewed by Bec Harbour

Meg Mac – Tivoli – photo Bec Harbour Photography

Meg Mac has had a busy 6 months since the Brisbane Festival last year. Meg has put out a new single (Give Me Back My Name) and has been touring all over. Somewhere along the way Meg has also found time to record a new album.

Meg’s set included favourites including Every Lie and Low Blows, as well as newer music – Give Me Name Back and Hope (which is also the name of her new album).Meg’s music often has a serious undertone but resonates with her audience, with the crowd singing along on nearly every song. The cover of Tame Impala’s Let It Happen is still a part of her set and a big crowd favourite since its debut on Triple J’s Like A Version.

The set was over before you realised (no encore) and the crowd walking away satisfied at the end of the performance.

Charlie Collins

The Blackbear Lodge – Saturday 30 March 2019

Charlie Collins – Blackbear Lodge – photo Bec Harbour

I first saw Charlie Collins at A More Perfect Union last year, supporting Gang of Youths. Charlie was wearing this jumpsuit which she told us needed a good wash, then played some of the most amazing country inflected music.

Support act Jaguar Jonze has been on my list to catch live, I have crossed paths with Deena, the amazing person behind the “Jonze” brand at industry events. Jaguar Jonze was the perfect starter for Charlie Collins with her own brand of alt-country.

Charlie Collins came with her band and played a rocking set that had an interlude where she played with just her accoustic and then some violin. The set culminated with her single from late last year ‘Mexico‘.

Charlie said at the start of her set that she hadn’t expected the amount of people that came. Charlie captured Brisbane peoples attention at A More Perfect Union, and kept their interest by making really great music. Don’t be surprised if you’re at a bigger venue next time you’re in town, Charlie Collins.

Queensland Music Awards 2019

Royal International Convention Centre – Tuesday 19 March 2019

The 2019 Queensland Music Awards (QMA’s) were an amazing showcase of how strong and diverse the Queensland music scene is. The awards were hosted by Patience Hodgson (The Grates) and comedian Mel Buttle and featured performances from DZ Deathrays, Amy Shark, William Barton and Clea.

Clea and Emily Wurramara both were dual recipients (Clea for the Pop category and Song of the Year and Emily Wurramara for the Indigenous and Blues and Roots categories). Other winners included Tia Gostelow for Album of the Year and Pool Shop who took out the Billy Thorpe Scholarship. For a full list of winners and photos from the night see below.

Song of the Year – Clea (Dreaming)
Album of the Year – Tia Gostelow (Thick Skin)
Billy Thorpe Scholarship – Pool Shop
Rock – Jungle Giants (Used to Be In Love)
Export Achievement Award – Confidence Man
Electronic/Dance – The Kite String Tangle (Give it Time feat. AALIAS)
Pop – Clea (Dreaming)
Hip Hop/Rap – Resin Dogs (Pack Your Bags)
Singer Songwriter – Amy Shark (I Said Hi)
Peoples Choice Awards – Metro Venue – The Triffid
Regional – Sahara Beck (Here We Go Again)
Indigenous – Emily Wurramara (Lady Blue)
World/Folk – Asha Jeffries (Everybody Talks)
Jazz – The Biology of Plants (Long Black)
Peoples Choice Awards – Festival of the Year – The Big Pineapple Festival
Blues/Roots – Emily Wurramara (Tap Sticks)
Country – Emma Beau (Wild Heart)
Heavy – Dead Letter Circus (The Armour You Own)
Soul/Funk/RnB – Mark Peric (The Sound of Light)
Peoples Choice Awards – Regional Venue – NightQuarter
Schools – Tokyo Twilight (Little Things feat. DVNA)
Video – Buttah (Ghost in the Machine)
Grant McLennan Lifetime Achievement Award – Henry ‘Seaman’ Dan

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War on Women

The Crowbar Brisbane Tuesday 12 March 2019

War on Women – photo Bec Harbour

First things first – I owe this gig to the tenacity of my friend Scott who contacted War on Women and suggested that if they wanted a photographer for their Brisbane gig that I’d be a good one. War on Women were supporting Converge on their Australian tour after the Download festivals (come on bring this festival to Brisbane!).

War on Women released their album, Capture the Flag in April last year. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that this band is another punk band singing angry love songs, they have strong feminist, political and societal commentary to share.

The band tore through a solid set with singer Shawna Potter engaging with her audience – leaping in at one point, quite a few had come primarily to catch War on Women. I was so caught up with the energy of their set that I found myself forgetting to take photos (a hallmark of a great gig for me). The front row of punters were screaming along to everything they played.

Listen to this bands lyrics, they have an important message to share. They also have a perfect platform to deliver this, through music. I hope they do more festivals where people can discover them, engage with their messages and make a change, even just in themselves.