Conor Oberst is finally returning to our shores with a national tour due to kick off on Wednesday, 25 February at Brisbane’s freshly opened music venue The Triffid. We here at Bear Family are itching to catch Oberst’s show and we’ll tell you why!
The album: Upside Down Mountain
Oberst’s 2014 release Upside Down Mountain has received worldwide praise, with Rolling Stone Magazine describing it as “…the most immediately charming album he has ever made”. This is a big call considering Oberst began his writing career as a young teen, fronting popular Bright Eyes and post-hardcore band Desaparecidos. Oberst is also involved in various other projects, releasing albums with the likes of Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band and Monsters of Folk in recent years.
Released through Nonesuch Records earlier in 2014, Oberst’s Upside Down Mountain is an album unlike any other showcasing Oberst’s diverse musical repertoire developed over more than twenty-years of song writing. A collection of folk pop songs coupled with Oberst’s lyrical charm, Upside Down Mountain appears to recount Oberst’s younger years instilling the usual themes of love, death and self-reflection. Our favourites include Zigzagging Towards the Light, Double Life and Mother’s Child.
As if seeing a Conor Oberst performance wasn’t enough, Oberst is bringing along a talented lineup including Nate Walcott of Bright Eyes on synth as well as producer extraordinaire Jonathan Wilson who co-produced Upside Down Mountain with Oberst. A recent performance on Seattle radio station KEXP showcased this talented bunch, getting us excited to see the real deal.
Oberst is also bringing along American folk group The Felice Brothers who who will be sure to bring in the fans during this Australian tour.
As mentioned, Oberst has an array of tunes in his back-catalogue, most of which from the beloved Bright Eyes releases, and if Oberst’s recent shows are any indication it is very likely that a few Bright Eyes songs will show up on the setlist. Oberst, however, has been mixing it up so it is uncertain which classics will be sprung. We are crossing our fingers for either Bowl of Oranges, Lua or We Are Nowhere and It’s Now.
Tickets are still available for a few of the shows, including the first show in Brisbane on 25 February at Newstead’s The Triffid.
Conor Oberst Full Tour Dates:
With guests The Felice Brothers
Tickets on sale now
Wednesday, 25th February 2015
The Triffid, Brisbane
Tickets: The Triffid
Thursday, 26th February 2015
Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Tickets: Corner Hotel
Saturday, 28th February 2015
Melbourne Zoo Twilights Concert
Tickets: Zoos Victoria
Wednesday, 4th March 2015
Metro Theatre, Sydney
Tickets: Metro Theatre
Thursday, 5th March 2015
Friday, 6th March 2015
Taronga Zoo Twilight Concert
Taronga Zoo, Sydney
Tickets: Taronga Zoo