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Evermore


Wow! The Evermore concert was awesome!

First off, the seats were great. I haven’t been on the floor for a concert before, but it was amazing! I don’t think I’ve been that close to the stage either. We were in row E, so only five rows from the front! The only slight problem was we were kind of off to the side, but otherwise they were great!

The first support act was Kate Miller-Heidke. I’d heard a few of her songs before, but she was so funny on stage! At times quite and ‘proper’, but other times loud and angry. She would just be sitting at her keyboard singing away, then suddenly her tone would change and would get a lot louder all of a sudden. Her lyrics were quite amusing as well, in particular one about ‘Australian Idol’. After her performance she was in the foyer signing albums, so I bought one (yes…I bought it) and got it signed!! My first autographed CD! Woohoo!

The next act was Aqualung. They’re a UK group, and their music was pretty good too. Unfortunately they’d just gotten into Melbourne from Japan, and were pretty tired. And, they were missing their drummer and CDs to sell! I felt kinda sorry for them, because they did seem a bit disappointed. The singer warned us at one point that the song mightn’t work without the drummer, but a few bars in the crowd started clapping to the beat, and he gave a smile. So that was really nice.

And then Evermore came on. The show was great! Being on the floor meant we could stand up for a few of the songs, and we were really close so I got some great photos. There was a security guard about 2 metres away, but they weren’t stopping photos at all – not even with flashes! (thanks Palais!)

So we sung to most songs, and danced to a few. The show was recorded, and were on sale after the show! Unfortunately the burner broke…but I bought one anyway and they’re going to post them out later this week. I bought their normal album on the night as well and have added it to my fast growing collection. They were signing afterwards as well. We went for cake after the show, and came back about 45 minutes later and there was still a huge queue so we didn’t wait. Would’ve been cool, but not sure I could be bothered hanging around.


So yeah – it was a great night! No more concerts coming up soon…time to start looking again! Some pics online here as well.

Eskimo Joe

I bought the Eskimo Joe “Black Fingernails Red Wine” album today. Thought I should, since I love their music so much.

And, it’s the special ‘Beating Like a Drum’ edition with a bonus CD of 6 remixed tracks! Very cool!!

I almost bought Mika’s “Life In Cartoon Motion” album as well, but figured one lot of $20 was enough for one week.

Anyway…I’m off to have another listen!

Missy Higgins

On Wednesday night I went with Nick, Andrew, Ryan and Amy to see Missy Higgins at the Palais. It was a much better night than I had expected!

First off, Nick, Ryan and I went to ‘Soul Mama’, a vegetarian restaurant in the old St Kilda Baths. It’s a buffet type meal, except that rather than helping yourself you choose a particular sized plate and then they serve a set number of dishes for you (but you get to choose from a rather wide range). It was good to try something different for a change. The food was quite nice, and I’d probably go back again.

The show started (or, more correctly, the doors opened…) at 8:00pm. We didn’t get in until about 8:20 and by then the support act (the winner of JJJ Unearthed – no idea who it was!!) had already finished.

Missy came on stage just before 9 and was on until almost 11! She sung a good mix of songs from both her new and old album. While the crowd was a lot more subdued than at Eskimo Joe, it was definitely more fitting to the show. With a “loungey” kind of feel, it was a relaxing performance (although there are a couple of songs you just can’t help clapping along to!)

The set was really nice, with the instruments arranged in a semi circle on a pretend hill in front of a city back drop. There were even real potted gum trees on the sides! It gave a feeling of being in a quiet park, but at times with the lights it looked like a clearing in a forest with the sun shining between the leaves.

Our seats were in row X, which as you can imagine is a long way back. But being a music performance as long as you could hear it didn’t really matter. I managed to snap a few nice pics, and have uploaded some to my album.

Eskimo Joe

This room is like, the belly of a ghost...

This room is like, the belly of a ghost…

This room is like, the belly of a ghost…
That was the awesome beginning to the Eskimo Joe concert I went to last Friday…well, maybe not the official beginning because Little Birdy played to, but it was the beginning of Eskimo Joe’s act.
The night started with Little Birdy who played from about 9:00. To be honest, I hadn’t actually seen them before. And by that I don’t just mean live, I mean at all! So it was great to ‘meet’ the band members, and watch them on the stage. The main singer, Katy Steele (thanks Wikipedia!) was jumping around the stage playing her guitar and singing at the top of her lungs.

They sang heaps of songs, and were on for about 40 minutes. I think my favourite’s probably ‘Bodies’, but most of their songs are really catchy.

Here’s a pic or two of Little Birdy (yeah I know…they’re a little blurry. By the end of the night I finally worked out the camera’s settings! lol – for future reference…set it to ‘anti-blur/motion’)

So anyway, watching them got me all excited for Eskimo Joe!

And so…after a seemingly endless interval (25 mins!!) Eskimo Joe came on stage around 10:10 (well…it was more like 10:10 exactly because I was counting down the seconds!!)

They started with ‘Beating Like a Drum’ (now my official favourite song by anyone!) and the show just got better and better! They sounded so much better live than in recording (something I was a bit concerned about because I’d heard a rumour or two that they don’t do live all that well…)

The crowd was really getting into their music, with people dancing in the aisle, waving arms, clapping, and screaming at the top of their lungs.

It was interesting to see the crowd in the audience too. There was a real mix of ages, from under 15s up to 50 year olds! The theatres was packed, which added to the awesome atmosphere.

I took heaps of pics (check out my photo album) but at one point a security guy came over and told us not to. I think it was because the squealing girls behind me had their flash on. So, wanting to take more photos myself, I turned to them and shared the fact that if the flash isn’t on no-one will no and there’ll be no problems! So, thanks to that I managed to take 103 photos all up!

There wasn’t a single song they sung that I don’t like, and since the concert I’ve listened to their three albums again and again and love them all! (I was actually among the Top 6 listeners of Eskimo Joe at Last.FM this week!)

The effects were quite simple, but very effective. The video clips on the screen above added another depth to the songs, and I loved the lead singers shows and funky foot work! He was sliding around the stage, strumming on his guitar having a great time. They really interacted well with the audience as well. There were three encores, one of which included a cover of an older song (can’t remember which now…) and the girls behind us went totally wild each time they came back on the stage.

Something else that was cool was during the song ‘Sarah’ there’s a bit towards the end where he sings…

Emergency!
I think I am falling apart
Emergency!
I think I am losing the fight…

And for the bold bits he cupped his hands around his mouth to create an echo-y effect. I thought they must’ve done it electronically on their album (maybe they did??) but to see their creativity live was soooo cool!

So after all that, I went to their website yesterday and joined their mailing list – I don’t want to miss their next show! Wish I could be there again tonight!!