It was an intimate, seated affair at Brisbane’s “Tivoli Theatre” last night, as one of Australia’s best modern-day male vocalists, Josh Pyke, jetted into town for the next stop on his “Love Lies Theatre Tour”.
Taking in dates in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney (tonight), the concert series has been billed as one in which Josh, “will be taking a fresh approach to his new and old material by playing around with lyrics and structure.”
This fresh approach, tonight at least, took the form of a selection of his hits, tracks like “The Lighthouse Song”, “Middle of the Hill”, “Memories & Dust”, played alongside some lesser known songs like “Feeding the Wolves”, and a killer opening rendition of “Goldmines”, both from his 2005 EP “Feeding the Wolves”.
I have to say, it felt a tad odd to be seated in the Tivoli Theatre – rated by Josh as one of Australia’s top two live music venues, but the crowd arrangement was near perfect for the scaled down, often acoustic performance. The varied crowd responded well to the band’s talented, altered arrangements, and also to Josh’s humorous in-between banter which included the introduction of his alter-ego, Ross. Haha – yup, you had to be there to appreciate that tid-bit.
At the completion of this tour, Josh will be heading back into “writing/recording mode” with the goal of releasing his next album sometime in 2013 – an awfully tasty prospect by anyone’s standards!
I’ve no idea how one of tonight’s support acts, Gossling, has manoeuvred “under my radar” for so long. Sure, I had heard Helen Croome’s (Gossling) unique vocal style featured in Aussie Hip-Hop outfit 360’s “Boys Like You”, but I was largely unaware of the fantastic catalogue of tracks that she had under her belt.
For tonight’s decent sized set, Helen informed us that she and band were presenting what could be considered a “mullet set” for the night. You know, all business up front (haunting, sorrowful, ballads etc), and nothing but party (the upbeat stuff) out the back of the set, thus finishing strong.
They sure stuck to their word, working their way through a number of tracks from their current EP release, “Intentional Living”, and a stunning cover of Chris Isaac’s “Wicked Game”. An “on-the-up” artist to keep your eyes on for sure!
…and then they found $50! (You had to be there tonight, to get that one!) Haha!
The following is a video of when Gossling joined Josh , mid-set, to perform “Punch in the Heart” together. Good stuff!