Press Club

The Foundry – 1 June 2019

Natalie Foster – Press Club at the Foundry – photo Bec Harbour

Press Club have just finished touring around the UK and Europe and have just dropped themselves into an Australian tour. You would think that they would be exhausted but no. Press Club put on one of the highest energy shows that I have seen in a long time.

They were supported by local band Blussh (who I missed as I had a 40th to attend) and Melbourne band Mid City. Mid City played a high energy set but were left looking lethargic (they weren’t) in comparison to Press Club’s energy.

Singer Natalie Foster came on stage with the biggest grin and engaged with the front row of adoring fans. They reeled off song after song from their release from last year Late Teens as well as the single they are touring for “Get Better”.

It looks like they are back off to Europe and the UK again in August, if you can I highly recommend that you get along and see them while they play these smaller shows in Australia – the audience interaction and energy is well worth it.

Stones Corner Festival

Sunday May 5, 2019 – Photos by Bec Harbour

The Stones Corner Festival raises money for MND and Me Foundation, while showcasing brewers and foodtrucks and celebrating Stones Corner.

Stones Corner is slowly coming out of a dry patch, many retailers left when the outlet stores that populated the shopping moved themselves out to DFO. The precinct was left a bit empty and with no reason for people to go there, the area went quiet. Newer retailers and eateries began moving in, the pub went through a revitalisation and the Stones Corner Festival was born 6 years ago.

Headlined by Jebediah, Area 7 and Brisbane favourite Darren Middleton, the music line up was stellar, with a bit of everything for everyone. With the biggest attendance to date, the crowds still moved freely, and people had places to sit and catch up. A kid oriented play area down the Old Cleveland Road end ensured that the festival had a family vibe. The festival is only going to get bigger next year (they might need to expand a bit!) and if they deliver the amazing music, craft brewers and food offerings again, it will continue to grow.

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Orbital

The Triffid – 27 February 2019

Orbital at the Triffid – photo Bec Harbour

Orbital came along for me when guitar based music was at a slow ebb and I was having a hard time finding anything that sounded new and exciting – I found their mix of electronic and samples of music I loved (Butthole Surfers Sweat Loaf anyone?). Friends who had experienced their live shows let me know that I was in for an amazing experience covering this show. I thought I would never get to see them live with them splitting in 2004 and again in 2017.

Rebel Yell began the night with a solid DJ set that warmed the crowd up for the main event. Paul and Phil Hartnoll came out to a crowd that was ready to dance filling their set with well known songs such as Chime and Halcyon.

The light show was impressive (I was slightly miffed that the best imagery was on AFTER my 3 song curfew). There was a lot of abstract commentary on events around the world in the imagery that may have been lost on the crowd.

I highly recommend seeing Orbital before Paul and Phil Hartnoll decide to retire the concept again. Their unique blend of electronica, punk and ambience has never been replicated, they recreate their music live in such a way that it keeps you guessing but leave no doubt what song they are playing.

East Brunswick All Girls Choir

Friday 16 November 2018 – Greaser

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East Brunswick All Girls Choir – photo Bec Harbour

Once again a gig has been moved due to noise complaints about the Bloodhound Bar. Greaser was business as usual with their restaurant trade continuing around the bands. I quite like the idea of going out for a burger and seeing a great band so hopefully, they can continue this.

First up was Gold Stars giving us a nice serving of noise. The narrow stage seemed too small for them and they spilled out onto the floor in front.

Jack Spider was next, borrowing musicians from other Brisbane bands (I see you Dougal you busy bass player!) dropping an energetic set that had people coming from their tables where they were eating their dinners to have a look.

This prepped the way for East Brunswick All Girls Choir. Touring on the back of their latest release Teddywaddy, East Brunswick All Girls Choir had made a decent splash at BIGSOUND this year (I was impressed enough to see them twice).

The band showed the casual banter that makes them a really great band to watch, Marcus and Rob filled up the tiny narrow stage area with their energy on songs such as “Essendon 1986” and Jen was in the middle with Rie tucked away in the corner. A young punter had his first band experience with them (great way to start) and Marcus offered him his glass of red in tribute to the occasion.

East Brunswick All Girls Choir played a great show, pulling out all the stops, engaging with their audience and pushing the tiny venue to its limit. 100% will see them next time they play in Brisbane.

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East Brunswick All Girls Choir – photo Bec Harbour