Hailing from Adelaide, Jesse Davidson treated the early crowd to his very first show! He was one of this years Triple J Unearthed High Finalists, and after watching his performance it’s easy to see why. It’s hard to believe he’s only 16! When did everyone start getting so talented at such a young age? Jesse’s vocals are already so finely tuned and beautiful to listen to, I can’t begin to think what he’ll be like in a few years. His music comes across as a mix between Matt Corby, Angus Stone, Chet Faker and Grizzly Bear.
Next up was another local indie band, East End Villains. Before tonight, I had never heard of the band, but I was pleasantly surprised, particularly by the front man's voice. He produced such smooth vocals that showcased his Australian accent well. Their music is very chilled, and quite catchy, I was almost tempted to dance. Almost.
Up comes another Adelaide band, The Shiny Brights, and they have some insane stage presence! The lead singer definitely knows how to put on a show. He was dancing and jumping all over the stage and he even came out into the crowd. What a trooper. I had heard of a few of their songs prior to the gig, but I didn’t realise how much screaming was involved from the front man. That being said, the group had wicked energy and it came across in their music and their stage presence, and you could tell that the crowd responded well to that.
Unlike the other bands of the night, the Oceanics are from The Gold Coast. That being said, they fit in perfectly. We are all Australian after all. The Oceanics are an indie pop band, and their songs are bloody catchy. Every song had a great hook, and my feet wouldn’t stop trying to join in on the action. They have a similar sound to The Strokes, so they’ve made a new fan out of me.
Guess who else is from Adelaide? The Salvadors, but of course! By the time they took to the stage, The Gov quickly filled up. There’s always something special about going to see a band play in their hometown. The band always appears more enthusiastic, along with the crowd. Tonight was no exception.
The lights dimmed and smoke filled the air as The Salvadors appeared on stage looking suave in their matching red blazers. Playing hits off their brand spanking new EP Holy Drunken Fisherman, such as "Merrily", "Santa Monica" and "Alleyway". They smashed every note, hit every key and had the audience eating out of the palm of their hand. They also treated the crowd to one of their older songs (and a personal favourite of mine), "Atacama Disco".
The Salvadors ended the show with a bang by playing a crowd favourite "Wilson". Several audience members were on each others shoulders, cheering the group on, beers were thrown about and people tried to get to the front of the stage. Basically if the gig was outside it would’ve felt like being at a Summer festival.
Listening to The Salvadors reminds me of being at the beach, having a BBQ and having a few beers. They're the soundtrack to your summer. They’re a slice of Indie heaven.
Nights like these make me remember just how good the talent is in South Australia. Well done boys and girls, well done.