Falls 2014 saw the Aussie playlist crew leave the modern surrounds of Sydney for the rolling hills, boundless forests and plentiful bays of Tasmania as we hit the Marion Bay for the first time. After a couple days of driving and ferrying we arrived fully aware of the constraints of our small bladders, but alas had arrived in the beautiful Marion Bay down the South East of Tasmania.
Day 1 kicked off later in the ‘avo with a host of DJ sets followed by Client Liaison. Those guys can do two things really well. Firstly, they can really put on a show and secondly, they can pull off a pastel coloured sports jacket like nobodies business. It was a great way to kick off my festival and make me regret cutting the mullet off. They were followed up by DJ Woody who unexpectedly turned out to be one of my highlights of he whole three days. He mixed 40 years of hip hop into 90 minutes dropping classics from Kool and the Gang, Kurtis Blow with modern Kanye in a set that had the whole crowd pulsing. Salt and pepper came out and dropped their classics ‘Push It’ and ‘Shoop’ but were certainty showing some signs of age. Alison wonderland closed the night with an epic set as always.mixing in her own popular tunes ‘I Want You’ and ‘Lies’ with a host of other crowd favourites.
Day 2 bought the on and off again rain which was literally the only dampener as the bands on show didn’t figuratively dampen anything. It was a huge day for the purveyors of local tunes with Kim Churchill, Safia, Vance Joy, The Rubens, and Spiderbait gracing the stage. I really enjoyed The Rubens set, they were tight and played a couple of new songs that are due out later in 2015 and did enough to have me excited for their next album drop. Vance Joy was flawless again, and Safia really fired up the afternoon crowd with their funky electro sounds.
The real highlight for Day 2 was watching a thumping but nostalgic end to one of Sydney’s premier bands, Bluejuice. The guys had a set that spanned the years with ‘Vitriol’, ‘Broken Leg’, ‘Act Yr Age’ and newie ‘I’ll Go Crazy’ given a thorough workout in a fun set that will always have finished too soon.
The Temper Trap put on an awesome shows being one of the first big bands to play, they had the lights and the sounds to satisfy any fan. ‘Fader’, ‘Sweet Disposition’ and other breakthrough tracks were interposed with second album tunes and a couple of soon to be released tasters in an electrifying set that definitely had everyone pumped and ready to go for Alt J. The English musicians aren’t so much into the show, but by god they are good instrumentalists, and nothing is better than feeling the body jarring bass of ‘Fitzpleasure’ live.
The Presets have never been my favourite live band, but falls 2014 saw them mix things up, and actually be towards the shade of awesome. I’m sure the beer and copious amounts of dumpling wraps (probably the most amazing culinary discovery) I was consuming was helping. Todd Terje was the final act of the night and one that I was super stoked for, with his release it’s album time bein one of my favourite records of 2014. Pinging or not, people were breaking it down, whipping out the moves and having a ball.
New Years eve opened with Jim Lawrie, who is apparently no longer Grizzly, but does still play ‘Midnight Run’. Next was one of the few genuine clashes of the festival with the Kite String Tangle and Tkay Maidza facing off. I split myself between the two and was pleasantly suprised by the youthfulness and charm of the young South Australian, who was simply awesome. ‘Brontosaurus’ went off, and ‘Switch Lanes’ were particularly epic.
Asgeir put on a sound show, with ‘King and Cross’ going off. DMAs were one of my favourites of the entire festival. Their set highlighted why they have had such a meteoric rise with each track being something of sonic brilliance. They played their EP in full and finished with the crowd harmonising to ‘Delete’.
Festival favourites Sticky Fingers played a bouncy show with plenty of singalongs, before a 60 minute rave kicked off to Jagwar Ma who excelled in their set. Cloud Control were elegantly polite in their set, which included ‘Gold Canary’ a throwback to ‘Buffalo Country’ and their big hit ‘Scar’.
La Roux was a band I hadn’t seen before and would hihgly recommend getting along to any side shows they do. Having not listened to La Roux for nigh on 4 years, the fact I could still recall all the lyrics to ‘Bulletproof’, ‘In for the Kill’, as well as ‘Uptight Downtown’ highlighted their ability for making catchy electro pop.
Empire of The Sun were the final band of 2014 playing a set that showed their capacity for entertainment as much as the quality of their music. Midnight came and they did the countdown for 2015. However, they then just walked off stage, with no last song to welcome in 2015. Luckily SBTRKT picked up the slack and bought 2015 with a bang.