Live: Hungry Kids of Hungary & Little Scout
Sophie Schirmer headed to Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory with camera in one hand and notepad in the other, in order to photograph and review three Australian bands. Multi-tasking!
Starting out the night we had local Sydney act, Evan and the Brave. These guys took to the stage with catchy melodies and an infectious enthusiasm that got my attention from the start. Although the crowd seemed unfamiliar with them at first, it didn’t take long for their smooth toe-tapping tunes, harmonies and generally joyful presence to win people over and they definitely have a new fan in me.
Next up, we had Brisbane’s Little Scout (pictured, top), who were fantastic and really have their live show down with flawless transitions between songs. From the moment Melissa’s hauntingly beautiful voice and the kickass drumbeats started, the crowd was hooked. A highlight of the performance was their cover of ‘Betty Davis Eyes’. No longer do we have to live with the painful memory of Gwyneth Paltrow’s atrocious version from the movie Duets. These guys absolutely nailed it. They finished up with the title track from their new album ‘Are You Life’. A fantastic end to fantastic set.
Finally the headliners, Hungry Kids of Hungary (pictured, above). The Brisbane band are seasoned pros when it comes to performing and really know how to immediately grab the audience’s attention and not let it go. From the word go their trademark energetic style had the whole room dancing. Performing a mix of songs from previous album, ‘Escapades’, and recent release, ‘You’re a Shadow’, they displayed animated antics, flawless harmonies and tight beats. For a big finish, Little Scout joined them for the encore covering ‘The Chain’ by Fleetwood Mac. Although it’s not the first time I’ve seen a band do this cover (Mumford and Sons and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero did this same encore for their Australian tour last year), it’s still a crowd pleaser, and was definitely an incredible way to finish up the night.
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Words and pictures by Sophie Schirmer.