It’s been a huge, espresso martini fueled month for live music here in Sydney. This month I’ve seen (deep breath) Georgia June, Not a Boy’s Name, Baker Boy, Holiday Sidewinder, Baby Beef, Vast Hill, Motorace, Boydos and Washington. I also went along to Bad Friday, Sydney’s premiere homegrown music festival and caught DMA’s, Jungle, Johnny Hunter, World Champion and RVG. And so with my ego in check and a never ending hangover, here’s what I’ve got for you.
Postcard from Sydney Playlist
Georgia June (Vic on the Park) - I have appointed myself as Georgia June’s #1 stage mum and I’m very proud. Contrary to the singular name, Georgia June is a 5 piece indie-pop band based in Sydney. I’ve watched the band develop over two years and felt their performance at Vic on the Park in Marrickville, launching their new single ‘Prove Myself’ was a real peak in their progress. Dressed in 80’s office wear; pastel baby blues, matching turtlenecks, socks and heels, Georgia June proves attention to detail pays off in a big way. Debuting some new songs with added production by Jack Moffit (The Preatures) and the addition of keys played by Georgia, my babies are growing up fast.
Holiday Sidewinder (Waywards, Newtown) - Pharrrrrrrrrrrrr, sex kitten, pop vixen, Holiday Sidewinder (ex Bridezilla) is a masterpiece; musically, aesthetically and vocally. The Australian born turned international pop star, had a shoulder to shoulder crowd picking up jaws off the flaw before ordering us to form a conga line, with her at the head. Her flawless performance was accompanied by a Melbourne based guitarist and drummer (apologies I didn’t catch their names, not my fault, I blame it on Sidewinder). Mid-set she took to the bar, cowboy ugly style, me desperately trying to steal a moment of eye contact with this goddess, just to confirm to myself she was really, really, real and she gave me one. A truly generous performer, Sidewinder existed stage into the crowd to finish her set with an impromtu karaoke singalong.
Sidewinder showcased her new single Baby Oil, which I’ve been listening to on repeat.
Baby Beef (Waywards, Newtown) - Opening for Holiday Sidewinder, Baby Beef are Sydney’s so-hot-right-now, adult entertainment, dance squad. The three piece are a low-fi homage act to the Vengaboys, which is basically the long way round of saying they are really fun! I couldn’t stop smiling, their set felt nostalgic yet fresh. At the centre of all this fun is lead singer’s, Baby Beef’s deep, Nick Cave esq, vocals which add an unexpected juxtaposition against the backdrop of pop synths and innocent harmonies. Christian Values and Mumma Beef, both on vocals complete the hype trio, but wait, is that a fourth beef? Yes, a newly added lead guitarist steps in, throwing down some subtle, but notable guitar solos and my cheeks are starting to ache.
Johnny Hunter (Bad Friday Festival) - The brick walls of the narrow, railway parade at Bad Friday Festival are lined with groups of indie-kid clicks, sitting cross legged, rolling their cigarettes, debriefing and planning their next move. I’m not planning on going anywhere. I’m standing at a distance, watching Johnny Hunter seduce a disheveling crowd with his deep vocals and suddenly I’m walking closer, deeper into the scrum. He owns the stage with his 80’s punk music, shoulder padded suit and perfect mullet.
Vast Hill (The Lansdowne) - Back to the future, 80’s pop duo Vast Hill were a fun surprise, a consolation prize for actual time travel with their synth melodies, shoulder pads and teased out guitar solos. Backed by a full band; a very funky bass player and drummer with shared male/female vocals, the only thing lacking from the set was a keytar (if you’re listening guys). They opened for Florian at The Lansdowne, talented duo have just released a new single ‘Heartbreaker’.
Love Bec (RACKETT).