Review by Paul Maland
Photos by Dave Court
Pirie & Co. Social Club opened its doors Friday for the first massive installment of Yewth Presents, where a host of Australia’s best in neo-psychedelia and soul showed why they’re on everyone’s watch-list.
Talent Not Endangered
Opening the night were local Adelaidians Zen Panda, whose impressive set captivated the attention of the crowd from the very start of the night as fans made their way to the stage. Zen Panda brought with them from the Fleurieu Peninsula jazzy, jangled riffs that surfed smoothly along steady-tempo build-ups and funk influenced bridges. Don’t let the age of drummer Oliver Wright fool you, Zen Panda are going to be making their way onto the bill of plenty more sets in the future if the pace keeps up.
Next up was Hunt, having just finished playing a set at the Royal Croquet Club supporting fellow synth extraordinaire Jesse Davidson. Hunt’s set could have been a step down in the pace after the full-band set up of Zen Panda, but live drums soaking in synth laden vocals kept the crowd’s attention hooked. You can check out our full interview with Hunt in anticipation for the set she played here on Yewth.
Keeping It In The Family
Keeping things moving and tightening the theme for the night were alternative country, garage psychedelia heavyweights Family Jordan. Though you may not find Family Jordan over on Facebook or a few of the other more expected social media channels, they are certainly one of Brisbane’s best kept secrets, with a Bandcamp well worth investigating. Fans of Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Byrds and even Jeffersion Airplane would find the intricate guitar work and fugue-like solos of Family Jordan the missing link between the gold of ‘60s Americana and the resurgence of psychedelia heard today.
Last, and certainly not least, were fellow Brisbanites, the much anticipated Moses Gunn Collective. Neo-psychedelia and soul grooves sent the remaining fans in the crowd into a frenzy of appreciation. Funk-driven bass guitar set the path for glittery, rhythmic explorations of sound and mind. Recently labelled one of Australia's "most promising young bands" by Tone Deaf, and currently on a national tour, Moses Gunn Collective have something for everyone. Be it either with their more poppy offerings, such as critically acclaimed tracks Back Into The Womb and Shalala, or through their more intricate album work, you’ll find yourself bopping along at the very least.
Sending off the night, our mates over at West Thebarton Brothel Party reported to the decks for duty to give everyone one last opportunity to get down. Keep your eyes and ears peeled, the next Yewth Presents is set to take place on March 4 with Melbourne electronic R&B singer/producer Yeo.