Gig Review – Josh Pyke at Enmore Theatre

Last Friday night I was lucky enough to catch Josh Pyke put on one hell of a folk rock show at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney.

Rising Melbournian Olympia opened the show, dressed to impress in a white jump suit and further stunning us with her super sweet vocals and melodic guitar loops. She left quite the impression, and I’m sure we will see more of this girl in the future.

Patrick James and his band backed up Olympia, with a swashbuckling display of indie folk rock. This guy can play, and for all lovers of Boy and Bear and Mumford and Sons, you have the next big indie folk star right here. From slow melodic numbers to the more upbeat pulsing tracks, Patrick James put on a show that must have been putting pressure on Josh Pyke to really bring his A game. It was one of those sets that had people asking ‘Who was that?’ and certainly earned him many new fans.

Finally, the eagerly anticipated Josh Pyke took to the stage with a fantastic wolf backdrop lighting up and bringing the set to life. Josh Pyke played a phenomenal set armed with old favourites such as ‘The Lighthouse’, ‘Memories and Dust’ and giving his new album ‘The Beginning and End of Everything’ a good airing. The new album was well received, particularly lead single ‘Leeward Side’, which was a pleasure to finally hear live. Pyke also entertained the crowd with plenty of background info about the influences of each track and a decent amount of banter between songs.  One great moment was after asking how many people here are underage…he wittily replied “I’m glad I still have street cred”. Having followed Josh Pyke throughout his career, its amazing to think its been 8 years since his debut dropped. Despite the good reception of the new album, it was Josh Pyke’s classics that were still the best to hear. ‘Middle of The Hill’, was an absolute highlight, being a song that strikes a chord with me personally every time I hear it. A great show by a man who is really at the top of his trade.

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