BIGSOUND 2017: Day 1 Roundup (Part 2)

By on Wednesday, 20th September 2017 at 2:00 pm
 

An East Coast Australian music fan has probably travelled up and down the coast for shows and has a much better idea about the bigger venues in Brisbane than I do. One of those long venerated places utilised at BIGSOUND 2017 was The Zoo, at which I saw 3 acts Tuesday night. The first of those was Horace Bones, the self-described “horror psych punk” band from Melbourne. As expected, their music was loud and their singer menacing. Even someone like me who likes punk could only take so much. It’s unfortunate that in a venue as big as The Zoo that they didn’t have a larger audience, but the room never truly filled up for any of the sets I saw there during the festival.

IV League Tuesday night at BIGSOUND 2017

IV League the band (not the Aussie record label) were next on my schedule, playing The Brightside’s outdoor stage. What became apparent pretty quickly to me was the venue’s popularity, quite possibly due to it being outdoors and allowing smokers to indulge in their vice and/or them having two bars. Dancing to their style of reverb-drenched indie rock is less likely to send you to hospital than it is to cause you to sway back and forth. Their sound is more of a throwback to shoegaze than to the slacker rock we find so popular in the UK and America at the moment.

Since I was already there (see my how to see 5 bands in 1 hour at SXSW 2017 feature at through here), I popped inside the actual Brightside building to catch a few precious moments of Alithia. Proggy, psychedelic space rock and dudes with long hair banging on their instruments sound like your thing? As you probably have guessed, not my bag. However, they are apparently known and well regarded in Europe, having supported big acts over there already, so you never know with music, do you?

Alithia Tuesday night at BIGSOUND 2017

In an attempt to woo the current and would-be TGTF readers who have tastes more like Carrie’s, I wanted to take things down a notch and have a look in at the much hyped Didirri. As we all know, smoky, soulful voices can go a long way (*cough* Hozier *cough*) and the Melbourne singer/songwriter has that certain gift. Laruche bar on Ann Street closer to Brunswick Street Mall also appeared to be a much smaller place to catch an intimate performance. So what was the problem? Many other BIGSOUND attendees had the same exact idea, so much that the bouncers outside were holding people back from going in, concerned of the fire hazard of those craning their necks at the very short entrance way into the club. I could hear some music but couldn’t see anything. I know when I’m beat.

PLTS Tuesday night at BIGSOUND 2017

Making my way east back to The Zoo, PLTS (pronounced “pilots”) were just hitting their stride. The Byron Bay group offering up a more straightforward approach to rock plus a good dose of power pop was just the ticket after getting thwarted at Laruche. There’s also a nice, anthemic feel to their music that offsets the palpable angst of the vocals of lead singer Kit Bray. Taken together, PLTS are the kind of band to deliver both physical and emotional responses readily and well and put their town on the map for more than just Splendour in the Grass.

Next, I was curious to check out a venue with a funny name: The Flying Cock, which was hosting themusic.com.au stage during the entirety of BIGSOUND 2017. Dream Rimmy, from the opposite side of the country in Perth, Western Australia, seemed on paper to be excellent to represent the current transitional nature of the music industry, its growing pains obvious as women assert themselves in this business. Their shoegaze-y sound is unsurprising, given their noting of important influences from the ‘90s like The Dandy Warhols and My Bloody Valentine.

Dream Rimmy Tuesday night at BIGSOUND 2017

I reveled in the fact, too, that the dueling women fronting the band, while simultaneously playing their guitars I might add, were both wearing glasses. When was the last time we really had a prominent female singer with glasses, Lisa Loeb? I don’t normally go “yayyyy!” and start waving my bra around when women are up on stage. Feminism over the years has made me uncomfortable. But for some reason, Dream Rimmy’s quest to have fun and smiles all around, combined with their engaging music, had me cheering for more. Girl power!

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