It's been a while since we have seen Jonathan Boulet live and but his absence has not been an idle one. Taking time to increase his manliness ten-fold with a new beard and his catalogue with an incredibly energetic and barnstorming new album, he took the stage with band in tow at the Opera House Studio on Saturday night and proceeded to tear the place to pieces.
Combining tracks off his debut album, some new gems from the recently released "We Keep the Beat..." and a drummer who looks dangerously like Michael Cera, the show was as energetic and violently beautiful as his sophomore album suggested it could be. His generally reclusive demeanour could not be further removed from the sledgehammer that is his live set.
Notable singles including "This Song is Called Ragged", "You're a Animal" and "Trounce" whipped the crowd in to a frenzy, inciting sing alongs, convulsive dancing and general all out craziness in a live show that put an exclamation point at the beginning of the evening, with no respect whatsoever for grammatical norms.
Later in the evening, label-mates Kindness and Tom Vek took to the stage on their first ever tours of Australia. Kindness' set rolled through the gems included on his debut album "World You Need A Change Of Mind", as well as some special covers including Jai Paul's Jasmine and Womack and Womack's Teardrops, and ended with a good percentage of the audience on stage dancing.
The evening was capped off by Tom Vek who brought the house down. A man so self-effacingly modest with an incredible stage presence that is backed with a great voice and major guitar skill. While there might've been 5 years between records, his set ran seamlessly between songs from both albums and had everyone hoping he doesn't take so long between his next album and certainly returns to Australia again quickly.
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