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Gig Review – Cavalcade, The Middle Names and Amy Rose at Kittens 10/8/13

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Cavalcade got the night off to a solid start, with the boys from Newcastle pumping out their brand of energetic, well rounded rock to a small but attentive audience. With unique vocals and powerful stage presence especially from the keyboardist whose head and luscious beard were thrashing from start to finish. The boys put on a tight show and clearly know their sound and how to execute.
The high energy was then maintained by The Middle Names. their set featured only new tracks from their upcoming album. I was really surprised by just how loud and energetic their live sound was. Gone were the hints of folk that had characterised their previous work, replaced with a much more guitar-driven post punk sound. Tight harmonies from guitarist/keyboardist and lead guitarist added a refreshing pop edge, to the earnest, lyrics of singer and chief songwriter Ben Wells.
I was worried how Amy Rose could follow the intense energy of both Cavalcade and Ben Wells, but I shouldn’t have been as after the first bar her voice had me hooked. where the middle names bowled you over enthusiasm, Amy Rose and co sucked you in with soft dreamy sounds. Her vocals are hauntingly beautiful and the harmonies with keyboardist Julian Ainsly, deeply engrossing when heard live. The band were extremely tight and the levels were excellent, with each song building in texture and complexity but maintaining a very chilled, ethereal edge. (Single “Running” is an excellent example of what these guys are all about) The set flew by in what felt like minutes and the intimate crowd were transfixed throughout.

Professor – Mash Up Kings

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I caught Professor opening for Fushia and Teal the other day at Kittens, and I want to know where they have been hiding?

Energetic, charismatic and not mention super talented, Professor played a scorching set of indie rock that had everybody in the place grooving and jiving. Frontman John Anthony was like a sassy soul mistress trapped  in a white mans body, he had swagger, confidence, and led the group entertaingly from the front. I think the technical term is he had stage presence.

The music ripped as well. If you didn’t like their original stuff (which everyone did anyway) you would have been blown away by their mash ups. I used to think mash ups were for DJs but after seeing Professor put the ‘Ghostbusters Theme’ into Lenny Kravitz ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way’, and Gorillaz ‘Windmill’ into The White Stripes ‘Seven Nation Army’, I am glad to report this is not the case.

Cool kids, cool music and brimming with ambition, watch out for the live show by Professor.

Re:Enactment – Sport LP

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Brisbane indie electro quartet Re:Enactment, consisting of   Jacob Hicks, Shane Rudken, James Grundy and Sam Mitchell, have been playing gigs together since 2007 and released their debut LP ‘Sport’ last year.

Having already established themselves as one of Queensland’s premier live acts with their dirty electo rock beats, released two EPs in ‘Kittens’ and ‘Regicide’, the LP ‘Sport’ was definitely overdue. I am glad to say the album is a pretty good listen and has a couple of sweet tracks, especially in ‘Higher Duties’ and ‘Too Much’.

‘Problematic’ is the only track to have received airplay, and I admit that I love the way the heavy electro beat is progressively intruded by the high pitched keyboard, then drums, and finally vocals. Its a fun and bouncy track, with its bass soaked synth perhaps drawing comparisons as a poor mans presets – they are just missing an amazing loop to really take the track to the next level.

The band also show their versatility in the low tempo, vocals dominated piece ‘Too Much’. Compared to their more energetic electro infused tracks, you would struggle to believe it is the same band, with it being a lot less complicated/overbearing in relation to the backing instrumentation, and delivering a really relaxing listen.

I am surprised that my favourite track ‘Higher Duties’ hasn’t received more of a look in at Triple J, especially considering that ‘Problematic’ was played. It is a lot lighter on the bass, makes a better utilisation of Hicks vocals and shows off more of the bands indie sound. It also contains a pretty sweet guitar solo and build-up to the final chorus between the 3 to 4 mintue mark.

‘Sport’ was a pretty good effort, and a good listen, but I can’t help but feel Re:Enactment are missing something to take their music to the next level. I don’t know if they need to add that one super catchy loop I referred to, or relax the level of bass slightly, but you listen to the music and it doesn’t grab your 100% attention. Hopefully their next album will deliver that progression I am looking for.