For those that don’t know, Ballarat is a ridiculously cold town. And tonight was no exception. For this reason (and me being the sooky person that I am) I did not see support acts Georgi Kay and Clubfeet take to the stage at Karova Lounge, a decision I have already come to regret, after overhearing two girls in the toilets marvel on about their performances.
However, tonight it was all about ALPINE, and their fantastic debut album, A is for ALPINE. The Melbourne based band have been playing sold out shows across the country, captivating crowds with their edgy indie pop tunes and weaving harmonies.
Despite the harsh coldness that lingered outside, an explosion of warmth was unleashed within the venue as soon as the 6 piece walked on stage. The sweet and delicate vocals of a glittery eyed Pheobe and Lou melting the hearts of everyone in the room, combined with the powerful and intense instrumental provided by Tim, Phil, Ryan and Christian had the crowd bopping along like maniacs, turning Karova Lounge into quite a toasty place.
Whilst “Heartlove”, “Villages” and their latest release “Gasoline” stood as clear crowd favourites, The indie popsters kept the rowdy people of Ballarat grooving along as they slowed it down with more mellow tracks “Seeing Red” and “Soft Sides”. “Hands” was also a hit with many, so much so that despite being only 2 songs into the set, one man in the audience was barking for an encore. Unfortunately his wish was not fulfilled, but ALPINE continued to charge through their performance.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again, the stage presence of this band is unreal. Particularly from vocalists Lou and Phoebe, who bounce around with such enormous energy and passion. It’s remarkable that despite through so much movement, which may I add at times is quite theatrical, these girls still manage to exercise such great control over their vocals and ultimately deliver some really amazing and unique harmonies. However, tonight’s MVP award must go to bass player, Ryan. Holy shit, that boy can move.
Keys, tambourines, cowbells, even animal noises from the crowd, tonight’s performance seemed to cover it all. Now if you ask me, it’s one thing to catch a good gig, but there’s really nothing more satisfying then seeing how much the band themselves are enjoying it up on stage and time after time, ALPINE have constantly proved that their chemistry is genuine and their joy infectious. And you really can’t help but smile as you watch them.
Indeed, A is for ALPINE, A is also for awesome, amazing, amazeballs (if you will) and apple. Although apple cannot quite be used to describe this band. But look, what I’m trying to say is that ALPINE put one HELL of a show on and although this typically disgusting weather probably kept quite a few people from venturing out tonight, I sure do hope that ALPINE return. Preferably in summer.