Thursday night saw The Bakery open its doors to the public for Jumpclimb’s WAMi Showcase, the fourth in a series of showcases highlighting the breadth and variety of the West Australian music scene.
Bastian’s Happy Flight ended a two month live hiatus to open the night with a set chock full of 80s style synth pop. An ultimately irreverent and fun performance, with plenty of banter and upbeat numbers to keep the small but attentive crowd entertained. New track “RELATIONSHIPDENIAL” sounded great slotted in alongside tracks from their debut EP. Disco is alive and well in the hands of these chaps.
Next up were The Sunshine Brothers who kick started their set with an eight minute instrumental jam, that frankly could have gone on longer, and I don’t think anybody would have complained. The set was made up of mostly instrumental numbers, but the band snuck in a few vocal numbers now and then, inviting Empty Cup vocalist Brian Kruger up for a number.
Sam Perry was the evening’s third performer of the evening. Perry is one performer who never fails to impress and astound. He’s a musical alchemist, creating exquisite, complicated tracks with nothing but his voice and some technical wizardry. It’s clear that Perry undoubtedly enjoys his time on stage, cheerfully demonstrating the methodology and intricacies of his music. Perry closed out his set with a freestyle that saw Empty Cup’s Kruger jump up on stage once again.
Closing out the night were Empty Cup, who were also launching their single “Riposte for JL”. Frontman Brian Kruger put on a charismatic performance, showing off his wordsmith credentials at every opportunity. Some lines worked, and as Kruger himself admitted some didn’t, but it didn’t really seem to matter; the band were amongst friends for the evening. A great all round performance, with some great guitar licks from Jozef Grech, whilst the inclusion of a string section was surprising, but not unwelcome.