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Review: All Our Exes Live In Texas @ Jive Bar

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Review: All Our Exes Live In Texas @ Jive Bar

Kate Sansome

Sydney’s folk four-piece, All Our Exes Live in Texas, stopped by Adelaide’s Jive Bar on Friday night in support of their highly anticipated When We Fall debut album. It’s without a doubt that the talented songstresses have been keeping busy lately, with the release of their successfully crowd-funded debut album, playing shows across the United States and even shared stages with the likes of the Backstreet Boys and Passenger. Their intimate performance at Jive was truly exhilarating, filled with hilarious banter, earnest lyricism and luscious harmonies.

Opening the night was Ports, who were absolutely the most charming bunch of North Ireland lads that I had ever seen. They immediately had the crowd in hysterics as they jokingly introduced themselves as "All Our Husbands Live In Derry," which they later clarified was the name of their hometown. Ports drew the audience in with their unique take on alternative rock, whilst making us fall in love with their emotive lyricism and atmospheric instrumentals. The band's set was filled with highlights from their 2016 debut album, The Devil Is A Songbird, including crowd favourites I'd Let You Win, Gameplay and Kingdom. Ports were the perfect opening act for the evening as they combined traditional, heart-on-your-sleeve folk elements with bittersweet, melodic rock moments.  

The setting for the evening was quite strange, with the dance floor at Jive filled with seated patrons on stools, with latecomers huddled around the outer edges of the venue.  It seemed as if the venue had underestimated the turn out for All Our Exes Live In Texas – a testament to the girl’s talent, as the venue filled up to the brim by the time the four-piece had come on.  The group, which is made up of Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney, took it in turns to share an anecdote about each song before taking the vocal lead at various stages during the set. 

The four-piece were absolutely inspiring, combining their luscious harmonies with an accordion, a ukulele, a mandolin and an acoustic guitar.  Their self-deprecating humour was captivating, as they joked about heartbreak, each other’s misfortunes and of course, their exes.  They played a bunch of tracks off their debut album, When We Fall, including a couple of new songs and also treated the crowd to a cover of Tame Impala’s Eventually. The girls provided a thrilling, intimate performance, full of laughs and stunning musicianship.

Header Image via All Our Exes Live In Texas' Facebook Page