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Holly Throsby / The Middle East / Leader Cheetah @ Byron Bay Community Centre, 24/07/09

August 1, 2009


A nice little precursor to the Splendour bender which wasn’t a bender at all, was a nice little showcase Spunk Records put on at the Byron Bay Community Centre. Nicely attended, it was a more subdued warm up to the weekend as opposed as to what you’d get in The Beach Hotel or The Great Northern Hotel. What we got here were three extraordinary artists in a theatre styled setting playing some music in a much more toned downed setting.

First off was Leader Cheetah and this band have gone steps and bounds from when I saw them last. They really look on the ball and their indie songs of lost beauty. The Sunspot Letters album was crafted to perfection live and in a way, was perfect to sit and bounce the head too with an ale in hand. “Straight To The Bone” kicked the setlist off perfectly and we were set into a great evening of music.

The Middle East are probably more exponentially on their way up with their beautiful sounds of their folk. I watched in bewilderment and wondered how a band like this could be hidden in one of Australia’s hidden corners of Townsville. The musicianship was brilliant and vocal stylings of the two lead singers were basically reminiscent of Jeff Buckley, without the wailing aspect really. “Blood” especially was just an awe inspired moment in the set and it seriously took me to dizzy heights.

Holly Throsby has been around a little bit more than those aforementioned bands, and she did have a bit more of a repitoire to draw from, which made for a set of some pretty and sparkling folk. Holly’s drummer Bree Van Reyk is also a wonder to watch with her massive talents on display playing sometimes 4 instruments in one song. Holly’s vocals were on song as well and were sounding as sweet as ever. She seems to be also gaining a bit of stage presence as well, as I could remember last time that I saw Holly – she was a little stagnant and still on stage, which is really nice to see.

Some beautiful music put on by a brilliant label who really know talent when they see it. Watch these three artists grow into blossoming careers.

Leader Cheetah myspace
The Middle East myspace
Holly Throsby myspace
Spunk Records website myspace

5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2009 5:11 pm

    Ah man, totally jealous. Saw all three of them at one of the Save FBi gigs (the Spunk one, I’m assuming :P), and they were all excellent.

  2. Philippe permalink
    August 2, 2009 5:29 pm

    I missed that gig – I wish I was at that one.

  3. August 3, 2009 1:01 pm

    Fun show, really enjoyed The Middle East (as did about half the audience who left once the poetry started). Really cool venue too, wish Melbourne had one like it.

  4. Philippe permalink
    August 4, 2009 11:34 pm

    Yeah – I decided to avoid that poetry too…. Wasn’t that great from the 2 minutes that I sat through it.


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