In the Flesh! Boy & Bear @ Hordern Pavillion, SYDNEY


Review – Georgia Corpe
Photos – Bobby Rein

Boy & Bear have made it official; they are one of Australia’s most beloved live acts. How you ask? How about filling out the Hordern Pavilion after the release of their third studio album, and undoubtedly their most creative record Limit of Love. Opening up with the album’s title track, the sounds of a 70’s like bongo beat and that killer bass line excites the crowd. Frontman Dave Hosking shows off moves fairly fresh to B&B lovers, swapping his acoustic guitar for subtle dorky rhythmic sways, charming in a strange way. The set fills up with a delectable balance of tunes, ranging from Rabbit Song, Harlequin Dream and of course Walk The Line.

Support act Montaigne also brings the goods this evening. For someone who hasn’t even reached their 20’s yet, Montainge is by far one of the most impressive vocalists this country has to offer. With a range similar to that of Regina Spektor, Montainge sends the audience into a swirl of delight (and maybe even a surprise to some), sending shivers up their spines as she belts out her original tunes. A great new performer and one to keep an eye out for. Art of Sleeping also take to the stage, and show off their impressive musicality. Unfortunately, the boys didn’t offer up anything we hadn’t heard before from the quartet tonight, but we are eager to hear what they do next.

Boy & Bear added their Amy Whinehouse cover of Back To Black to the setlist tonight and boy was it a cracker. Hosking’s voice suiting the melancholic tone of the song, with the band bringing their own flare and spunk. Not to mention the crowd absolutely loved it.

Copyright Bobby Rein 2016


Bobby Rein

Bobby is one of Bear Family's earliest family members. He has a sweet beard and likes to take photos, sing songs and brew the occasional beer. If you see him at a show, give him a cuddle.

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