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Review: Dorsal Fins @ Rocket Rooftop


Review: Dorsal Fins @ Rocket Rooftop

Kate Sansome

Nothing warms our heart more than spending a Friday night at Rocket Rooftop listening to the delicious sounds of some sweet, sweet indie pop. The night in question saw Melbourne’s nine-piece, Dorsal Fins, make their Adelaide debut in support of their 2016 record, Digital Zodiac.  The group formed back in 2014 when Liam McGorry began sharing demos with fellow Melbourne singer/songwriters, Ella Thompson and Jarrad Brown. After experimenting with ideas and recruiting six other band members, Dorsal Fins have forged themselves as an eclectic whirlwind of juicy dance-pop. 

Up first were local five-piece, Attila My Honey who delivered a set filled with melodic psychedelic soft-rock. The group have been circulating the local music scene for quite a while and I was super hyped to finally get the chance to see the group live. I was immediately hooked as soon as guitarist and vocalist, Ella Ion began to sing. The pipes on this girl were phenomenal, especially when she sang entirely in French for the suitably titled, French Song.  They effortlessly combined ethereal folk vocals with psychedelic bass lines over the top of soft-rock instrumentals. It sounded like they had been plucked right out of the 60's, despite only just releasing their debut album, Soft Left, a couple of months ago.  

The next band on the bill were local indie-rockers, The Montreals, who definitely got the crowd up and moving! The group's sound is reminiscent of Britpop icons The Kooks and Two Door Cinema Club, so much so that the Australian accent almost feels out of place. Nonetheless, The Montreals had the whole room grooving along as they played tracks off their 2016 EP, Indigo Club. In good Aussie tradition, the group even got a punter to come on stage and do a shooie out of a moon boot.

Finally, it was time for Dorsal Fins to come on stage.  It was kind of interesting to watch the nine musicians cram onto the small band stage at Rocket, especially since they had to make room for multiple keyboards, a brass section and space for the two vocalists to dance. The energy of the two lead vocalists captivated the entire crowd, as they delivered an eclectic set filled with luscious harmonies, dream-pop soundscapes and even a couple of saxophone solos.

They played a huge collection of tracks from their latest record, Digital Zodiac, including Romeo, Roll Back The Years and High Low. Their live show was extremely tight with the whole room grooving along to their infectious indie pop, especially when they played their huge 2016 single, Sedated. A highlight was when the band performed Monday Tuesday, with both vocalists commenting on how they couldn't believe the whirlwind of good vibes circulating the room.  Dorsal Fin's set was exhillirating and we can't wait for Adelaide to hold host to their groovy vibes once again.

Header Image via Dorsal Fins