Labrador City in Zurich – Live review

labrador city’s Kaya Strehler checks out Bern-based, dream-poppers Labrador City:

Dripping in condescension, I will claim that I have seen a lot of things, been to a lot of places and met a lot of people for my tender age and, having recently settled amongst the tidy towns of Switzerland, things have mulled out a bit.

Don’t get me wrong, I love living here.

Some of the greatest things that have happened in my life have taken place within these neutral borders. And coming from the far shores of Australia where musical acts rarely make it out, being in the middle of Europe and essentially right in the middle of most tour routes gets my music goolies excited.

Awesome. Yes.

But do you know what else is awesome? Some of the music being created here.

A few nights ago I went to a tiny little Mexican restaurant in Zurich to see Bern locals Labrador City belt out a few songs. Now, I had seen the fellas play before courtesy of the Oh, Sister Records evenings but this evening was a different setting. In the small and intimate dwellings of La Catrina the 80s dream-pop flowed.

Fresh off the release of their new EP “The Kiss Hello” the fellas played the opening track Jersey completely hypnotizing the sardines-in-a-can cramped room with the rolling instrumentals on par as the audioceptive version of a slow motion waterslide. Throughout the set the darker sounds (well darker for their perky beach tunes) of Shadows in all of its eerie ooohs and ahhhhs glory was rounded out by the catchy beach vibes of Feathers. It was all smooth as Ken Doll’s crotch and had the transportation ability better than any Corona ‘From where you’d rather be’ lure attempt. To top off the evening, the boys whipped out a smashing rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s Gypsy which had my inner groupie lose her shit a little. I mean, chill, not everyone should be allowed to go near Miss Stevie, but this, this was acceptable.

You can take me on scout’s honour or can check out their tunes yourself via the usual routes and you could even be a rad person and fork out the tiny asking price for the EP. This way you can play it when you want to impress your current crush/person you’re trying to get naked with, with your awesome low key indie music knowledge. Do it. Worth a shot.

Keep up to date with Labrador City on Facebook.

kaya strehler


Review by Kaya Strehler. Photo taken from Labrador City’s Facebook page.