Co-headlining with Flowertruck, Major Leagues were supported by Glaciers and The Outdoor Type. Our apologies go out to Glaciers as we were not able to make it to their set in time and offer the proper support we aim for at TWL.
The Outdoor Type are another Australiana band reinforcing a specific musical identity for our generation. Instrumentally, they fit in to what one has come to expect from the 20 something middle class youth who don’t really know what the fuck to do about life. Instrumentally, they are a band in top condition, nailing every jangly chord, scattered beat and poppy bass line. Vocally, just think Wil Wagner from Smith Street Band. The same can be said for the contrived, cliché lyrics that throw out subtly complex musings for easy, over the top lyrics about “dying with every breath”. The Outdoor Type are an enjoyable band to listen to, they just aren’t saying much right now.
Major Leagues, despite fitting into the same mold as previous indi bands that reflect wayward apathy have one element to them that others don’t. They are a female majority band and with that comes a point of view that cannot be mimicked by their male counter parts. While they may write about getting high, falling in and out of love, mental health and bumming around town, their experience as women in a man’s world infiltrates their lyrics and offers the listener a refreshing retake on old tropes. That’s not to say this alone is where their credit lies.
Major Leagues forgo the ‘I’m so sad’ tropes and instead aim for self-referential acknowledgements of their possibly misguided beliefs and ideas. Acknowledging the transient nature of their present identity but respecting themselves enough to find worth in their current state of mind. This is all wrapped in perfectly mirrored garage pop tunes. Bright and happy beats against darker lyrical tones may not be new but Major Leagues have perfected it.
Drummer Jake, unfortunately was not able to make the performance so the previous drummer from Babaganouj stepped in to help the team out. His performance was all the more impressive considering only two half completed rehearsals had taken place prior. Fergus Miller, front man from Bored Northing and participant in the recording of Major Leagues latest album, Dream States, took to the stage throughout their performance as guest vocalist. Adding vocal dynamics and depth to the performance.
Co-Headliners, Flowertruck were up next. A far more polished band, Flowetruck brought a tighter, unified performance. The Go-Betweens, Paul Kelly along with the 80’s incarnation of “emo music” were obvious influences from the get go. Lead vocalist, Hamish’s husky vocals combined with the talented harmonies from Keyboardist’s, Sarah, melted into a smokey-honey delight. While his rants about testicle adds in bathrooms may have confused a few punters, they kept the audience intrigued and invested in their wonderful performance.
Over all, the night was filled with rambunctious fun. The crowed danced, drank, cheered and sang along enthusiastically to this little community of musicians. Flowertruck and Major Leagues are two Australian sensations to keep an ear out for.