Touring Adelaide to promote their second album Yuck, ALPINE breezed into Fat Controller to shower the bright-eyed crowd with old stuff, new stuff and all round indie-pop on Friday night. With support acts Auguste and The Montreals, the night was full to the brim with eyes-closed-grin-on-your-face tunes, bittersweet pop and a surprising amount of shoulder stands.
The first set was sublimely delivered by Adelaide duo Auguste, packed with moody vocals and synth action. The gig was the ladies’ first live performance (appropriately in the month of August) and balanced dark lyrics with catchy beats and stunning harmonies. The sound transported the early bird audience from Bank Street to Twin Peaks and definitely captured the attention of the punters at Fats, with the crowd slowly growing in numbers. The undeniable highlight was their performance of latest single and Andy Bull produced track Kingdom, demonstrating the dominance the duo have in Adelaide’s music scene.
Rolling in and looking like a pack of schoolboys with guitars were The Montreals, who stepped it up with the groove. Their set was seriously good with the perfect mix of interesting jazz licks and Merseybeat, the cherry on top being, of course, the straight up fun display of indie-rock. On a roll after supporting Last Dinosaurs and (continuing with the theme) Andy Bull, The Montreals are definitely a group to watch out for, with critical acclaim from Triple J’s Dave Ruby Howe amongst others. Giving us a taste of their upcoming EP Indigo Club with the high-energy track Lo-Fi, this Adelaide band continues to grow in momentum and satisfy every nerve in my body with their sound.
ALPINE’s set demanded attention, with vocalists Phoebe Baker and Lou James zipping across the stage, moving in a yin-yang unit and captivating the adoring crowd with femme fatale choreography and powerful vocals. Despite some ongoing technical difficulties, the band controlled the room with brassy waves straight from Yuck, enticing us with soaring synths, scrumptious guitar hooks and a vocal performance that was anything but yucky. The patrons of Fats were suddenly on top of each other and flexing those fingers during an energetic rendition of Hands. After seducing the crowd into “getting sexy”, ALPINE threw themselves wholeheartedly into classic Gasoline, before closing with Foolish, Shot Fox and Damn Baby, a medley of total bangers leaving the crowd in awe. ALPINE showed us why they are darlings of Australia’s indie-pop scene, as well as giving us a glimpse of their total world domination.
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