If there was one word to be used to describe the whole show, from start to finish, from act one to act three: enthusiastic.
Words & Photos by Sharmonie Cockayne
People young and old packed out Pirie and Co.’s quaint little basement at least half an hour before the first act had even thought about stepping in stage, kicking off the enthusiasm that lingered for the night.
Melbourne’s Tash Sultana jumped around the stage in socks and an oversized flanny to the beat of her own making. Though she usually performs on the streets of Melbourne, the ridiculously talented singer/songwriter awed the audience with her multi-instrumental reggae/folk pieces and her captivatingly soulful voice. There was beat-boxing, there was a weird little piano accordion thing, there were punchy lyrics like “don’t expect me to be a woman in the kitchen”, and there was all of the sass. What I don’t understand is; why isn’t Tash Sultana celebrated with the likes of Tkay Maidza or, heck, even Delta Goodrem? She will be. Watch out for this one.
After a slightly longer than average struggle with sound issues, Woodlock took the stage for a solid set. If their music was good, their description of their songs were even better: “for when you come out of school and you don’t know what you want to do, so you go to university because it’s just like school”, and “this is the shoulder drop one.” Their insightful comment “have a look at how happy our drummer is. He’s probably the best thing about our band!” might actually be on point too. Bowen Purcell’s smile when he plays is huge and unfaltering, and if there was a Happiest Drummer in the World Award, it would without a doubt go to him. The band, who, like Tash Sultana, is accustomed to performing their jams on the street, is set to release their third EP this year, and I have a feeling it’s going to be a worthwhile listen.
Thanks to Woodlock, when the Pierce Brothers graced the stage, the crowd was ready. Aside from The Porch Sessions, this was their first headliner in Adelaide, and to say the brothers were impressed with their first gig’s turnout would be an understatement. “Fuck me, look at you,THERE’S SO MANY OF YOU.” Yep.
Melbournian brothers, Jack and Pat, ran through a number of tracks from their album The Light Tree, playing ‘It’s My Fault’, ‘Golden Times’, ‘Genevieve’and ‘Blind Boys Run’, but they also dropped a few exclusives through the night too. The boys played their new soon-to-be-released song ‘Over Dose’, and a new unnamed electric/blues song that is, believe it or not, still as of yet unrecorded and unfinished – but you would never tell.
They played a mash up of Lorde’s ‘Tennis Court’ and Calvin Harris’ ‘Feel So Close’ and, I don’t know if it was because they play it so damn well or if it was Jack’s admission that it was probably going to be one of the last times they’re going to play the cover, but it went off.
Something about the two boys is so lovable – is it their confidence on stage? The fact that they call themselves out when they pick their boogers on stage? That they’ll give it their all even when they cut their fingers on their instruments so bad they bleed on the front row? Or maybe it is the fact that they’ll let the front row bandage them up with band-aids when offered? Maybe all of the above and the fact they’re genuinely nice, talented, down-to-earth, relatable people.
And they’re something else too…