Photo credit Sheldon Ang
Fresh from winning the grand prize Song of the Year award, Carla Geneve has been one of the most sought-after artists in recent weeks.
The fans had been looking forward to the (now ironically) futuristically titled 2001, inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s iconic flick, although the lyrics has little to do with “Space Odyssey”.
We are in the best venue in Perth, no egos, no superiority complex, no dicks…Carla Geneve Live @ Mojos Bar Fremantle
It’s a chapter of Geneve’s reflection, the melancholic enchantment of a story-filled, simplistic narration – yet she has the knack to produce an honest collation of words into beautiful lyrical synthesis. As the old adage says, she could probably sing the phone book. And surprisingly, the night kicked off with the best song of 2020 by a West Australian.
“We are in the best venue in Perth,” said the 21 year old. Mojos exemplifies Freo. It is iconic from the outside, succumbing to a cosy ambience on the inside, and with the crowd demeanour to reflect; no egos, no superiority complex, no dicks.
The staff were like the best friends we didn’t know about. The singer songwriter from Albany brought the country into Freo, and a great dash of salty rock as the night heated up, formulating into an indie rock reverberation that seemed to cluster among a new breed of young songstress.
We’d also be forgiven if we were lectured on social distancing, given the proximity of one another, but we’ve been assured that the legal capacity of ninety was not surpassed. And in a certain selfish way, some of us prefer the capped capacity given the fluidity of the revellers negotiating through this intimate venue.
Geneve was fronted by her guitar for most of the night, scintillating the crowd with her signature dreamy riffs. Some of the fans favourites such as Don’t Wanna Be Your Lover and Things Change were the sing-alongs. There were the occasions when no one dared to speak as all attention were on centre stage with the guitarist, bass player and the drummer forming the remaining pillars of the night.
The singer told Around the Sound, “it was so surreal to be the supporting act for Julie Jacklin at the Astor in April of this year”; so it was appropriate that she did the rendition of the lullaby-like, tear jerker cataclysmic manifesto, Good Guy. “Tell me I’m the love of your life, just for the night, even if you don’t feel it” – it must have been the heartfelt incantation for the lost soul.
As the night progressed, the sonics took to another level, where rock overshadowed the indie component, thrusting the audience into witnessing a rock concert in an arena with hands of fans rising to the occasion in rock god gestures.
Perhaps the best performance was on last year’s WAM Song of the Year – Greg’s Discount Chemist. Like 2001, the lyrics has little to do with the corner store, but it didn’t seem to matter as Geneve’s live delivery was the perfect anecdote at the twilight of the week.
And unsurprisingly, the 2019 SOTY was the closing track, as the audience received the final dose of prescription that would last till dawn, and beyond.