Review by Nathan King
It's a Friday night and down in the neon red depths of Fat Controller are a slew of adoring Ball Park Music fans, eager to hear some classic tunes along with possibly some new material from their as yet untitled new album. Along for the thrill was local moody dreamcaster Allume and Brisbane indie-rockers Mid Ayr.
First to don the stage and warm the soul of punters hearts was local Allume. Providing a more mellow mood for the beginning of the evening Allume's music was of a slow burn approach on the crowd, rather than an instant burst of mosh inducing energy. Though this was no negative, as her music teaters somewhere between The XX and Jamie XX with a hint of Snakadaktal dream pop. Her track 'Chalk pt. 1' was the perfect synopsis of such musical influence.
Next in rather different musical direction was Ball Park pals Mid Ayr. Slightly more in key with what was to come with their 90s indie-skate-rock-esque sound, Mid Ayr provided a more raw sound than what is usually present on their recorded music. Fuzzed guitars galore and the dress sense to match, tracks like 'You Think You Know Me' encapsulated the sound and era Mid Ayr were very much inspired by. At times though the 90s falsetto on some tracks may have not reached the level present on their recorded material.
Now limbered up and near overcome with bliss a roaring reception was given to Ball Park Music as they took to the stage. Delivering a set full of classic Australian indie rock anthems of the last 8 years, it was pandemonium from the first note of 'Everything Is Shit Except My Friendship With You' reducing all in attendance into a mosh-induced craze. Fans were treated to their first official single from their as yet untitled new album as well as their recently dropped track 'Pariah', both tracks very much the classic Ball Park Music sound though very much a large development on their soundscape. As with the local and international success the Australian psychedelic scene has had with acts like Tame Impala, it seems to have influenced Ball Park on their new endeavours, even an LCD Soundsystem smattering at times. As the steam swayed from the pit of sweaty, swooning fans they had just enough energy in them to dance the to a blissful encore of 'Cocaine Lion' and 'It's Nice To Be Alive.'
We love you BPM, please come back soon x