On Friday night at Fat Controller, punters were treated to an exceptional performance from Melbourne boys, City Calm Down. To kick things off, Problems, Lilt and Airling each transfixed the ever-attentive audience. Great sets from all acts provided a full evening of emotive and powerful music. Indeed, anyone watching Airling’s set could be forgiven for thinking they were watching the headline act, thanks to the brilliantly engaged crowd.
As one of only a handful of national shows not completely sold out by group, anticipation of the group was tangible before they took the stage. City Calm Down’s debut album, ‘In a Restless House’, released late last year, was displayed with full volume, emphasis and drama. Having been compared to Joy Division, The Cure and other post-punk icons, City Calm Down’s performance on Friday did not disappoint. Each ballad performed by the group drawing the crowd into a sense of euphoria. Synth’s, brilliant baselines and powerfully constructed drums all came together to create the City Calm Down experience. The smooth baritone vocals of front man Jack Bourke perfectly accompanying the layered musical intensity of each song. Signed to the lucrative I Oh You record label, we can attest to these guys deserving every bit of hype they’ve received in recent months.
Towards the end of the gig, Jack’s connection to the audience was obvious as he clambered to the edge of the barrier, allowing ecstatic fans to sing with him in unison. The group’s more popular and radio-friendly belters were met with utter joy from punters as the performance drew to a dramatic close with songs such as the brilliant ‘Son’. A standout cover of the late David Bowie’s ‘Lets dance’ took us by surprise, but couldn’t have been better received by the already thrilled crowd.
All in all, we had a blast at this gig, thankyou City Calm Down, come back soon.
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