Live Review: Dappled Cities + Collarbones + Donny Benet - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney (24.04.13)

Well known Sydney band Dappled Cities played the Oxford Art Factory on Wednesday 24th April to celebrate their official ten year anniversary, a commendable achievement to have made it so long in the music industry! They were joined by Donny Benet and Collarbones for support.

Donny Benet was an interesting choice for a support act, using a computer for backing music while he played guitar and sang. In any case, at least some of the little crowd got into it, with some interesting dancing going on from the get go.


Collarbones were the next support, a great opening group to get the audience excited. They played high radio rotation songs such as ‘Die Young’, an early song for the duo, their recent single ‘Hypothermia’ and ‘Missing’, defined by lead singer Marcus as “a ballad encased in a dance song”. Brand new song ‘I Would I Will” was a fresh tune laced into the set as well. Marcus (the Sydney half of the duo) danced like there was no tomorrow throughout the set, and praising those who were doing the same, while Travis (the Adelaide half) grooved calmly during each song. Their set ended with a breakout dance section, with the pair basically losing their dancing shit, in the middle of crowd.

Dappled Cities then graced the stage in due time, and started playing to pretty excited applause from the now full venue. After a Facebook callout for song suggestions to include on the set list, they designed their show around what the fans wanted to hear, which of course had the fans themselves mighty pleased, including a few of the die-hard ones at the front of the stage thrashing their bodies and singing along to every song. The band played tight and were well rehearsed, which is kind of expected after ten years playing together! While their ten year history could at the same time have meant a little bit of laziness in their performance, the band kept the music sounding fresh, including their very first single ‘Be Engine’. Vocalists Tim Derricourt and Dave Rennick in particular worked well together and taking turns in the vocals, which was especially nice to hear live, just to have it mixed up a bit.

The gig showcased the highlights from their ten year career, and it was quite grand of the band to invite their fans to celebrate with them. Here’s to another ten of this local Sydney’s band’s career together!