If you search Google for the Best Australian bands you are escorted back to the 70’s and 80’s, the list of bands get lighter into the ’90s and, well, disappointing in the ’00s. Tame Impala, DMA’s, The Preatures, DZ Deathrays and Gang of Youths have pierced international boundaries and tonight we are hopeful that four young lads from Brisbane may too be destined to do the same. Celebrating the release of their latest single “Impact”, The Creases play a near perfect set of British inspired indie music with eager confidence, grit and band camaraderie. Support from Melbourne’s White Vans and Hollow Everdaze, delivers 3 courses of “bands to watch in 2016”.
With the rumbling reverb of White Vans seeping through the walls, we only captured the closing washed out chords of White Vans as they played to an already budding crowd of young folk. With news of the band playing at The Tote in a few weeks, there were no hard feelings for being tardy in our arrival. The Wandering Lamb missed Hollow Everdaze set when they supported GUNNS at the start of the year and having heard only encouraging words about the band, we were eager to experience this local fivesome, complete with a violin and keys.
The band took their time to warm to their set tonight, but when comfort set in, their songs evolved and revealed themselves with catchy choruses and melody, helped by the sweeping solo violin that in many moments took the songs to wonderful heights. Hollow Everdaze tippled in moments of “shoe-gaze” but mostly treading in the waters of “Indie Lo-Fi Rock”, the almost slacker chords reminiscent of bands like Real Estate. “Last Laugh” indicative of the bands ability to construct well versed pop songs that lead the listener through a musical path, ebbs and flows of peaking instruments and harmonious fillers. When they hit the mark, the music glides and fills the air with perfectly textured notes.
A gig wouldn’t be a gig without the token “drunk buddies” who swayed and bumped through the entire set, deciding to get their phones out and take close up shots of the band, mid-song. The band were responsive with a fingered Peace Sign”, distracting the band from focus, but funny nevertheless.
The previous night, we heard that Triple J had honoured The Creases with some airplay for their latest single “Impact” a song that will have them playing key slots at upcoming Australia’s festivals but also hoping the juggernaut of commercially led radio will not play them to death and kill them off before they have even began. The band’s debut EP “Gradient”, plays out with heavy influence from bands like The Horrors, The Strokes, The Libertines, pretty much the best bits of British Indie Music.
Tonight, The Creases proved that they have all the markings of a band who have a massive amount going for them if they stick to their guns and don’t waiver from the track they on. From their opening chords tonight, each song rings out familiar, a feeling that comes from bands making music with catchy choruses, earworm base lines and uncomplicated and repeating lyrics and choruses that stick in your head. Playing through virtually every song released from their excellent debut EP “Gradient”, compared to the studio recording, live each song oozed even more confidence live, the band naturally interesting to watch, reminding us that there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a band play as a “band”should. Responsive to each other, almost checking in with smiles and unblinkered eyes in full support and encouragement The Crease belted out what could easily be a hit parade of singles.
Their British influences were confirmed with a cover of New Order’s “Age of Consent”, a cover that was so pitch perfect in vocals and instrumentation, we’d dare to say it was played just as good as the original, with all respect to Bernard Sumner’s live voice. One of our favourite New Order songs of all time, The Creases delivered this with the confidence of a band who are ready for the next platform of success. It was actually quite an extraordinary cover, outstanding in fact.
Considering that the band literally exhausted their entire catalog, an encore wasn’t expected, and with a sense of “will or wont they” as many started to head for the exit, the band hesitantly remerged for a quick encore. We were treated to another cover, this time David Bowie got a little creased with a crowd pleasing “Let’s Dance”. Comparatively, their original work is strong enough to engage and win the audience over without the need of obvious covers like this. The Creases are already acing their live performances, their sound is unique enough to attract a broad crowd and as the band creep up the festival line-ups, we will happily watch from the sidelines and remember the days when they played venues like Northcote Social Club. Here’s hoping.