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Review: City Calm Down @ The Gov


Review: City Calm Down @ The Gov

Kate Sansome

On Saturday night, Melbourne legends City Calm Down delivered their signature synth-heavy, 80s sensibilities to a sold out crowd at The Gov.  The boys have been laying low since they released their debut album, In A Restless House, almost two years ago but their live show finally gave us a taste of their upcoming second album.

Up first was the incredibly talented MANE, who delivered a punchy set filled with warm, luscious vocals and enchanting instrumentals. MANE, aka Paige Renee Court, has been kicking around the local Adelaide music scene for a while now but I had never had the chance to catch her play. After seeing her perform on Saturday night, I truly regret not having seen her play sooner. Her refreshing sound is a blend of melancholic, soulful blues with a bright, indie pop twist, which was a fantastic way to start the evening.

Next up was Melbourne seven-piece The Cactus Channel who were joining City Calm Down for the course of their national tour.  The band may have been a bit too experimental for Adelaide audiences, as they combined an eclectic mix of hypnotic sounds, with psychedelic grooves and funky, roots rhythms. 

The crowd was immediately ready to get grooving as soon as City Calm Down’s signature LED triangles began to light up with the intro to If There’s A Light On.  As soon as vocalist Jack Bourke began to sing, we were transported to another time and place, where synth-heavy, moody grooves filled the walls of British pubs.  There’s just something cinematic about City Calm Down’s live performance that makes it feel like you are a part of something revolutionary.

A good portion of the set was filled with brand spanking new songs that will appear on the band’s nearly finished second album. Crowd favourites included Son, In A Restless House, Your Fix and Pleasure & Consequence.  City Calm Down’s live show is energetic, daring and extremely polished, even when Bourke is fiercely dancing across the stage. They rounded off their set with their latest single Blood, as well as their huge single Rabbit Run.  Once again, City Calm Down prove why they are one of Australia's greatest live performers, delivering a powerful set that had the entire crowd groovin' along to every song.

If you're wanting more from City Calm Down, why not check out our hard-hitting interview with vocalist Jack Bourke here?

Header Image via This Is Radelaide