On Saturday night, The Gov held host to an intimate performance from Sam Brittain, in celebration of his third studio album, Signal Lights. Since the release of his debut album, Brittain has supported the likes of Passenger, Matt Corby and Mat McHugh, whilst touring and busking around Australia, the United Kingdom and Europe. The wonderful night of live music was supported by Adelaide’s own Wasted Wanderers, Kelly Menhennett and Fremantle’s Brian Dalton.
Up first was Brian Dalton, a folk singer-songwriter originally from Dublin but now calls Fremantle home. His set was filled with soft, folk melodies and delicate acoustic guitar work and instantly captivated the crowd with his incredible wit and stunning vocals. Dalton's emotive, heartfelt sound immediately drew on comparisons of indie folk-rock bands from the late nineties/early 2000s. His music was relaxing and easy to listen to by The Gov's warm fireplace and was the perfect warm up to the night of live music.
Kelly Menhennett came on stage next and immediately silenced the room with her powerful vocals. Menhennett was solely joined by her keys player and delivered a set filled with folk, roots, alternative country and a hint of jazz. Menhennett has been kicking around for a few years now, but she is probably one of the best singer-songwriters in Adelaide. Her incredible set was filled with quiet and loud moments and inspired the audience members to dance in their seats.
Local boys Wasted Wanderers proved they could get the crowd up from their seats and dancing on the dance floor whilst making sure the crowd was involved as much as possible. Their set was filled with howling guitars, driving percussion and beautiful, earthy harmonies as they combined rock with roots to create their own unique sound. The group played tracks off their 2015 EP Goddamn Anything and delivered an amazing live show which was nothing less than energetic.
Finally, Brittain came on stage and apologised for the long night, but couldn't help bringing such a stellar list of local support acts. He opened his set with Trouble, a track that is filled with so much emotion and stunning, delicate instrumentals, which was the first of many spine-tingling live tracks. Brittain does not normally perform with his live band, so it was a real treat to have his tracks translated in such a cinematic way on stage. He had only released Signal Lights on June 3rd, so for most of the members of the crowd, the live show was the first time they were hearing some of the album tracks. The crowd thoroughly enjoyed Small Town, which is filled with earnest, heartfelt lyrics and simple, twinkling guitars. He had the crowd eating out of his hands, as he shared long, intimate stories behind the writing of his songs and also had us laughing at his almost-awkward humour. Signal Lights proved to be a crowd favourite, before finishing off with his latest single, Stab In The Dark. Brittain's entire set was an incredible combination of roots-folk instrumentals paired with powerful, emotive vocals. The entire crowd enjoyed the intimate set and sang along to some of their old-favourites.
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