The weird and the wonderful gathered for the launch of Orelia’s ‘An Imaginary Life’ EP.
Words by Courtney Duka
Last Friday night was a gig we stepped into without much knowledge of what we were getting ourselves into, and quite frankly, it turned out to be the best way of all. Stepping through the door of Jive and finding ourselves at a carnival!
First up was much loved local act, Pink Noise Generator, lead by none-other than Mr. Matt Vecchio. After not having seen the band for quite some time, it quickly came to light that there had been some changes in members – but not of energy! This included the addition of Holographic Charizard AKA Thomas Begg, who was throwing down polyphonic effects (or magic, I’m not really sure) like there was no tomorrow.
Lost Woods followed after a delayed set break due to what looked like some set up technical difficulties, but these guys have to be commended hugely for the quality of their set. Lead by flawless vocals of Peter White, and book-ended by the Baird brothers, this local five piece are really tight.
Taking the opportunity between sets to get around the face paint and glitter was short lived when half time entertainment began; but for bubbles, the dinosaur could wait. Making way to the front, Kurt Murray was half way through a tennis racket, which he insisted taking off his pants to get over his booty (no pants, hazzah!). He showered the entire crowd in bubbles of all varieties, who ooooo’d and ahhhhh’d with a childish gaze before it was back to the music.
Singer/songwriter and catchy performer Anya Anastasia took the stage with just her corset get up, piano and fake blood. Her songs although dark and dramatic, were super charming and laced with loveable puns. We suspect she comes out in full force during Fringe time!
At last with paint on my face, glitter in my hair and a pocket full of photo booth memories, Orelia took to the stage. Troy Benson and Chelsea looked the part for their carnival launch and brought their new music to life, playing their An Imaginary Life EP in full. They continued on for a fairly lengthy set adding in cover such as Bulletproof and Life On Mars plus a few new songs, but alas a crowd full of family, friends and fans were having a great time.
As an end note, it must be mentioned and applauded the effort and success that Orelia put in to create what was not just a great launch gig, but rather a great event to be experienced! My (top) hat off to you!