I’ve said in the past that one of the things I love about seeing great bands live is getting the opportunity to see some, often local, up-and-coming acts play beforehand in front of a crowd they could only hope to gather off their own backs. Often these mini support sessions are a real good indicator as to who to look out for in the coming months as these support bands look to launch their debut albums.
In mid-November last year, I caught 5-time 2011 ARIA winners “Boy & Bear” at the Tivoli and was massively impressed by their openers, a young band from Melbourne called “The Paper Kites”. Back then I vowed to be “in the house” for the Kites’ first headlining tour visit to Brisbane, and tonight I fulfilled that promise.
On the second-to-last-stop on their five-date “Woodland Tour”, Sam Bentley, Christina Lacy, Dave Powys, Sam Rasmussen and Josh Bentley packed out Brisbane’s intimate “Beetle Bar” last night, maintaining their perfect “SELLOUT” record for the tour so far.
Playing a selection of tracks from their current EP “Woodland”, keen observers/fans will have noticed almost instantly the notable absence of the sweet, harmonic voice of the gorgeous Christina Lacy who was on a self-imposed vocal ban for the night after losing her voice. Bit of a shame, but it by no means took away from the show.
In some ways her loss was our gain as a number of brand new tracks including “Follow the Fire” and “Troubadour”, were wheeled out and performed in front of the appreciative audience to make up for songs like “The Mortal Boy King” which understandably couldn’t be performed without Christina on lead vocals.
When it was all said and done, the guys finished strongly on what many in the room would agree is hands down one of their best tracks to date, “Bloom”.
Great song, great gig!
The Support Acts
Considering the way I kicked off this post, it would be remiss of me not to give some credit to tonight’s support acts – the “Oceanics” (look these guys up, they were great!) from the Gold Coast and “Kate Martin” (Townsville). Like The Paper Kites, both are Triple J Unearthed products which just goes to show how brilliant the home-grown-music program is!
The following is Oceanics newest release, “Chinatown (is not Newtown)” which they filmed a brilliant clip for… one I just have to share with you.