Review – Georgia Corpe
Images – Zach Hogg
After months of uncertainty as to whether fans would get to catch Synthia live, The Jezabels return triumphant for a national tour. Cancelling a world tour earlier this year due to keyboardist Heather Shannon requiring treatment for ovarian cancer, this tour is seemingly a special one for the four-piece Sydney-siders. Bringing along new rock-girl on the block Ali Barter for the tour, tonight’s show is sure to produce some sweaty rock goodness.
THE OTHER GUYS: ALI BARTER
After having a cracker of a year since releasing her debut EP, Barter has been touring the country with the likes of City Calm Down and The Rubens all whilst having her catchy rock tunes plastered all over radio stations and Spotify playlists. Barter crowds closely together with her band members on The Triffid’s large stage to play her minimal, but killer, back-catalogue of tunes, including her infectious single Girlie Bits and finishing off her set with Far Away. Although contrary to her energetic rock hits, Barter chooses not to move much around the stage, but rather instead focuses on hitting every note perfectly – and of course, she did. Performing a polished set, it’s easy to see why Barter is the hottest support act in Aus right now and definitely an act to watch in the future.
With scattered horizontal lights littering the stage, Synthia’s signature opening synthesizer tones slowly bring the set to simmering with Stand and Deliver. Front-woman Hayley Mary appears left of stage in a pair of ripped leggings, black boots and a black studded leather jacket, emulating somewhere between a gothic Mick Jagger and Kylie Minogue, whilst slowly bringing that baby to boiling point with her rendition of spoken word on the album’s starter. As the band builds and then delves into My Love Is My Disease, the four-piece clearly begin to reap the benefits of finally getting to share the groove that Synthia provides, as Mary busts out her well-known moves and guitarist Samuel Lockwood erratically shreds about the stage. The Jezabels’ set continues to deliver, even playing old Unearthed tracks such as Hurt Me, Disco Biscuit Love and Mace Spray. This especially established how timeless and talented the collaboration of The Jezabels is, as these songs continue to be the crowd favourites, seven years after their release. As the set closes with the ironic The End, the crowd is left satisfied and relieved they got to see Sydney’s most impressive rock band tour their most recent and creative release.
The Jezabels perform crowd favourite Hurt Me, whilst Mary proceeds to crowd surf amongst the most excited of punters. Unexpected and delighted, fans helped Mary move about the crowd as she belts out one of the band’s most brooding tracks.
Although a hot Thursday night in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, climate perfect for drinking and dancing, the crowd reflected that of one on a cold, Monday eve. Even having it pointed out by Barter, ‘you guys are so quiet’, the crowd continued to lack the character of that which is expected from Brisbane punters. A 5/10 performance from the crowd whilst enjoying a stellar show.
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