The River Hotel. Margaret River 1st August 2020 Review by: Kym Redmond
The stars hadn’t quite aligned for me when it came to seeing Carla Geneve since her rise to stardom.. Well that was until Saturday night when I had the opportunity to see her play an intimate show at The River Hotel in Margaret River, WA.
Minutes after entering the venue I was struck by the Psychedelic rock coming from the stage and the very young but talented five piece band , Plain Glass Windows, playing it. It was pleasing to see and hear, as they had some decent influences coming through of 70’s inspired rock with the frontman with a vocal tone similar to that of Jake Bugg. Hailing from Albany, they were a great support to get the crowd warmed up for Geneve and her band.
Starting her set with ‘Things Change’ , she slowly churned the crowd with a warm vocal hug before ripping open an ‘Empty Stomach’ and showing us why she’s currently at the forefront of Perth music and Australian Rock. Her band tightly bound together with some smooth yet strong and commanding vocals. Her voice carried across the room and I was immediately impressed.
Definitely a live band, Geneve has an impact on me more so in a live performance setting than she does when listening to her tracks from a set of earphones. However, after seeing her perform tracks like ‘Juliette’ and ‘2001’ which just won her a WAM Award last week, I’m able to appreciate the raw honesty of her voice and her emotional songwriting that goes with it so well.
She did a beautiful cover of Julia Jacklin’s ‘Good guy’ and ended the night with her hit ‘Greg’s Discount Chemist’ which won her a WAM award last year and Australia wide acclaim, proving that she’s not going anywhere and her feet firmly on the ground. The packed crowd responded singing lyrics back to her which, in my book, is one of the greatest accomplishments as a singer/ songwriter. Definitely looking forward to what’s next for Geneve as I watch on.