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CURLEY AND FRIENDS AT THE BIRD

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On a regular, perfectly ordinary Thursday night, tucked away in cosy Northbridge venue, The Bird, something truly wonderful went down. It is easy to forget during a time of border closures and concert cancellations that music gigs are still happening. But perhaps local gigs are the most exciting of them all, because you never quite know the night you’ll have or the hidden gems you’ll discover.

Tonight really was the night – I left The Bird feeling like I’d just stumbled upon something very special, right in our own backyard.

Upon arriving at The Bird, the venue seemed deceptively empty, apart from one or two people lingering around the bar. But as soon as the first act of the night began, patrons slowly trickled in from the beer garden and filled the room. Little did I know that this pattern would repeat throughout the night, with everyone flocking to the bar then back out to the beer garden between sets, then back to the main stage, like the tide retreating and returning to the shore.

Headliner act Curley described the first band of the night, 3as1, as an “unknown project” of Josh Chan and teased that they would deliver a “never seen before, one of a kind set”. And they certainly did!

Illuminated in blue and green strobes, two keyboardists and a drummer took us on a journey to what felt like a different dimension. They played what I later found out was an entirely improvised set, having only practiced for the first time together earlier that afternoon. 3as1 provided us with an impressively fluid and ever changing, instrumental set. Each song slowly built up to an energetic crescendo and smoothly transitioned into the next, with a mixture of both futuristic and nostalgic sounds. Delicate classical piano was fused with retro keyboard, old school jazz was blended with experimental, synthy tones to form an exciting new genre right before our eyes. 3as1 left a lasting impression and I really hoped this wouldn’t be the last we saw of them.

Next up were playful, boppy and comedic Didion’s Bible. Squeezing six band members onto The Bird’s modest stage is no easy feat, but not a single band member seemed cramped or out of place. Their set was energetic, light-hearted and honestly, they just looked like they were having a ball on stage together, sharing laughs and inside jokes between friends. Their lyrics were catchy, easy to sing-along to and plain wacky at times. Their songs were a mixture of singing and spoken word, giving off Talking Heads, Blur and maybe even a bit of a Ballpark Music vibe. They were warm and inviting, encouraging the crowd to “come a little closer” and giving them permission to sway a bit to one of their slower tracks. One of their lead singers had some killer moves, which bordered on dangerous, narrowly missing tripping over the mic cord several times. To summarise, Didion’s Bible were an absolute party to watch.

Finally, it was time for the headliner of the night, psychedelic rock four-piece, Curley. They provided the crowd with a slightly calmer vibe than their chaotic precedes, Didion’s Bible, but still dished out some highly danceable tunes, including a brand new song, ‘Bop’, and an appropriately named track, ‘Tonight’s The Night’. I had heard great things about frontman George’s dancing and I was not disappointed. George’s contagious curl swishing, hip shaking moves got everyone in the venue grooving along too. Curley catapulted us into the weekend early with their positive vibes, a sprinkling of sequins and tunes bouncier than George’s locks.

Tonight really was the night – I left The Bird feeling like I’d just stumbled upon something very special, right in our own backyard.

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