Words – Georgia Corpe
Photos – Bobby Rein
The Kite String Tangle and Dustin Tebbutt are currently touring around the country with their collaborative project Illuminate. They started off the tour in Brisbane, playing to a sold out crowd at The Triffid on Saturday night; one of three sold out shows on the tour.
The pair have received critical acclaim for their track Illuminate, a flawless blend combining TKST’s uncanny mellow electronic vibes with Tebbutt’s smooth and haunting falsetto. Their release also features covers of each others songs; Tebbutt covering Words and TKST covering Breach – a nice touch for record buyers.
Donning a fashionable scarf and almost signature oversized glasses, Dustin Tebbutt approaches through the dry ice accompanied by percussionist Dave Jenkins and multi-instrumentalist Jake Meadow. The trio presented a pretty clean sounding set, with Triple J high rotators such as Breach, Where I Find You and Bones chucked into the mix, including several new songs surely to pop up on future releases.
After a busy couple of years for the young singer/songwriter, which saw him nominated for several awards and supporting many international bands including Hozier on his recent national tour, Tebbutt continues to gain recognition for his picturesque, evocative music comparable to the likes of Bon Iver and Sigur Rós. If you missed him this time, be sure to catch him in the near future.
THE KITE STRING TANGLE
Local superstar The Kite String Tangle, otherwise known as Danny Harley, took to the stage in a timely fashion. Appearing with him for the first time was drummer Isaac Cavallaro adding a perfect third dimension to Danny’s music.
Danny opened up with crowd favourite What If, a great opener that gets everyone groovin’ with that TKST signature rhythmic hook. He went on to play a dynamic set, balanced with sing a long songs like Arcadia and Given The Chance and slow burners such as Words.
As a well-seasoned front man, achieving local success with band Pigeon, Danny knows his way around a live show and most impressively stroke an effortlessly perfect balance with his newly appointed live drummer. His light show also gave TKST’s music a credible boost. It was however a slight disappointment that TKST’s music has not quite yet reached ‘goosebump’ level, with his set weakening in comparison to other live acts. No doubt TKST’s live show will take it up a notch in the near future.
Coming up from the local scene in Brisbane, it is pretty amazing to see this guy blossom into one of Australia’s favourite electronic acts. Getting nominated for ARIA awards, dominating charts and jet setting on international tours – Danny has found the secret to quick success. It will be interesting to see where TKST goes to from here.
The stranded microphone that stood left of centre left everybody hoping TKST would bring out a special guest – and guess what? He totally did. Stone Cold (feat Tiana Khasi) was performed flawlessly by both Harley and Tiana, and was seriously impressive to hear a live drummer perform the song’s staggered rhythms.
The combination of Tebbutt and TKST produced an interesting mix of punters – some just to see Tebbutt and some just for TKST. During Tebbutt’s solemn and fragile set, constant loud banter meant it was difficult to immerse yourself in his music. A downside to this great combination.