It was with a sense of excitement that I returned to one of Brisbane’s best live music venues tonight, the Tivoli Theatre, to catch one of Australia’s hottest new bands for 2011 – “Boy & Bear”.
Currently on a tour taking them right across Australia playing and promoting their debut album “Moonfire”, the Sydney lads stopped into Brisbane to play two nights (last night and tonight) to sell-out crowds.
With their distinctive indie-rock style punctuated by perfect choral harmonies, I’m sure I’m not the only one that has, and will, suggest that they have a bit of a “Mumford & Sons” (the band they supported on a tour through Australia in 2010) sound about them. This can be heard through one of their breakout hits from 2010, a cover of Crowded House’s “Fall At Your Feet” – a rendition that gained them the number 5 position in Triple J’s coveted Hottest 100, 2010.
Tonight, it was Boy & Bear’s chance to impress me for the first time in a live capacity and they certainly didn’t disappoint. Covering a good selection of tracks from both their first EP “With Emperor Antarctica” and their current debut offering “Moonfire” (please help me out in the comments section below if you have a full set list for the night), for me the band really shone on their performances of “Lordy May”, “Rabbit Song”, “Part Time Believer” and of course “Fall at Your Feet”. There’s little doubt that this group of muso’s are going to feature heavily in the next round of ARIA awards…
Below is a great introductory video shot during this year’s “Splendour” festival that will help you get to know the band a little better, followed by a selection of shots from tonight’s gig.
New Sounds – The Paper Kites
Without question, the most satisfying concerts are the ones where you walk out thoroughly entertained by not only the main headlining act, but also by a band that you’ve never seen nor heard of before. Tonight was another one of those fortunate nights where I was personally exposed for the first time to the awesome talents of a young band from Melbourne called “The Paper Kites”.
Another fantastic graduate of Triple J’s “Unearthed” initiative, “The Paper Kites” have no doubt been around the traps over the past 12 months, but it’s a bit harder to latch onto new talent when you’re living overseas for a good chunk of the year.
Below is a neat clip for their song “Featherstone” followed by a couple of photos from their opening set this evening.
At the time of writing this, short of having seen these guys tonight, I still know very little about them. I do know, however, that I will be at “The Beetle Bar” on February 11 next year when they return to Brisbane on their first headlining tour. Good stuff!