It was with a bit of a last minute scramble that I took up an offer from Michelle last night, to catch British band “Aqualung” at “Richards on Richards”. I hadn’t actually heard of the guys until a few days ago when a couple of their songs landed in my inbox – thanks again Billa – and I was rather impressed with what I heard. I kind of liken them to another British band “Travis”, but with a harder edge to their style.
Anyway, I bolted home after work, freshened up and bolted out to Richards Street where I met up with Michelle and her friend Lindsay to take in the show. Having never been to Richards before, I wasn’t quite sure what the set-up was like inside and I was quite surprised to note that it was laid out a lot like “The Tivoli” back in Brisbane.
Oddly enough, one of the things I LOVE about attending live concerts is the whole concept of the “support act”. I’d be lieing if I suggested that I’d never been to a concert where I enjoyed the support act more than the main ticket performer(s). Last night didn’t pose quite that exact scenario, but I/we were definitely impressed by the melodic efforts thrown at us by Californian pianist and singer/songwriter “Sara Bareilles”. If you check out her website you will be able to listen to her first single from the forthcoming album “Little Voice” called “Love Song”. It’s a wee cracker of a toe-tapping ditty.
By the time Aqualung hit the stage, the venue had filled up somewhat from when I had arrived an hour or so earlier, and the guys reveled in what seemed to be a pretty knowledgeable and appreciative crowd. They played a mixture of tracks from their past couple of albums including chart successes “Strange and Beautiful”, “Brighter than Sunshine” and my new favourite “Vapour Trail”.
Actually it’s wrong of me to be referring to Aqualung as “they”, as the name is actually the stage title of English singer/songwriter “Matt Hales”. He’s a damn talented young chappy who managed effortlessly to entertain our round table at least!
I really enjoyed the night, the company (thanks ladies), the band, and the fact that it was a great way to kick off what is going to be a pretty awesome Summer of concerts for me coming up!