Quite a nice gig, maybe 100/150 people, I'm really not good at estimating crowd sizes. The opening support was Carl from The Dead Abigails
, a local band I've heard of, but never heard. His set was quite nice, acoustic pop, most of which seemed to draw on relationships as a theme.
The next support was Iota
from Sydney, also on Blackyak records like The Whitlams
, which I believe is part (or fully) owned by Tim. A very talented musician, I'll admit I find it hard to get into bands at gigs who I don't already know, but I still really enjoyed the set none the less. I guess the set was about 7 or 8 songs.
There was a very short break, and then Tim and Terepai appeared on stage. I must point out my song order is very approximate, and differs from another list of songs I've seen from the night. They got straight down to business launching into 'You Gotta Love This City'. This was one of the songs I hadn't expected and was very nice. I really love 'Sydney 2000 Olympics Theme', and 'You Gotta Love This City', so to hear the later played just on keyboard with drums was somewhere in between the two. The Love This City
lyrics etc, but without all the production. Next was 'Fall For You', which was also good to hear an acoustic version of, it beats the Torch The Moon version hands down.
'No Aphrodisiac' was good as expected, no lyrical variations though. 'Beauty in Me', very nice, as was 'Gough'. Around this time there was a call for him to play 'Peter Collard' by a drunk, but he said he hadn't played it in 10 years and pointed out that he'd never sang it. I yelled 'Following My Own tracks' shorty after (not during a song), but I don't think he heard. The drunk later also asked for it, and actually went up to Tim, who explained some reason why he couldn't play it. Possibly something to do with the settings on his keyboard. After 'Gough' Tim got another rather loud request to 'play something we don't know', he said we can have our requests when he'd had his, and held up his setlist. He then smiled and said "I'd like to request, 'Keep The Light On'", which he promptly played (It may have been KTLO, I can't remember exactly, but I'm pretty sure it was a Little Cloud
song). The set went on, Blow Up The Pokies, Fondness, Louis etc etc. The 3 Charlies were then played consequtively which was very very good. Then came White Horses, Terepai and Tim's 'bah bah bah's were brilliant. Year of the Rat was good, I know I say this about every song, but it's true.
Someone in the crowd kept yelling 'Hamburgers', so Tim said he's play it just so that they'd go home. They did 'I Was Alive' with iOTA on the guitar, and then they played one of iOTA's new songs, which Tim said he'd just heard the other day and thought was beautiful. iOTA was farwelled from the stage, receiving quite a lot of applause and the show went on. Sometime after this (next on my setlist, but I don't think it was) they launched into The Ballad Of Lester Walker. Tim said 'We're going to play the first track from the first album", and I nearly yelled 'Woohoo', because it was one I really wanted to hear but I didn't. Tim then said sarcastically 'And the crowd went wild', to the group of silent people looking at him. Lester was great, as expected, and Tim and Terepai did a really deep 'In the moruary...', which was cool. Next was 'She's Moving In', and then came 'I'm Different', which was unexpected but great. Terepai did great bird noises, and the other parts where Tim doesn't sing in his hillarious deep voice. Tim said they were coming to the end of the show, and launched into a great rendition of 'Thankyou'. The 'Daaa daaa daa da da' bits were terrific. The band said goodbye, and dissapeared off stage in the standard pre-encore fashion. Tim returned a minute or so later and played '12 Hours' while "Terepai was using the toilet". Pai returned at the end of 12 hours, and another request for something off Undeniably
was yelled out, Tim said 'No..' but here's another one off the same album, and launched into 'I Get High'. IGH would have to have been the highlight of the entire set for me, it's such a great song and it really was very unexpected, as I hadn't seen any set for the earlier Tassie gigs, and it hadn't been played in the full band shows on the mainland recently. It was a little weird with silence during Stevies parts of the song, it's a shame Terepai didn't stand in. And that, my friends, was the end of the gig.
I went over to Tim at the door afterward, and got him to autograph 'Little Cloud' for me, and have a very brief chat about singles. Apparently their singles don't sell, so Fondness is only a radio single as was 'I Was Alive'. I said "So no more B-sides?", and he said maybe with the possible third single. I then went to find Terepai, and couldn't, but the guy who travels with the band sent him out for me. He signed Little Cloud also, and added his mark to Torch The Moon, as I only had Tim and Jak from an earlier Tassie gig. I remarked that all I needed now was Warwicks signature, and he said 'Oh, thats easy, I'll forge it for you', and he wrote 'WAZ!'. And that, is the end of the review.Setlist (very approximate order):You Gotta Love This CityFall for YouNo AphrodisiacBeauty In MeGoughKeep The Light OnBlow Up the PokiesFondness Makes The Heart Grow AbsentYou Sound Like Louis BurdettCharlie No.1Charlie No.2Charlie No.3White HorsesI Make HamburgersYear of the RatI Was Alive
One of iOTA's new songs, Tim played the piano, but didn't sing, Terepai played drums for itThe Ballad of Lester WalkerShe's Moving InI'm DifferentthankyouEncore12 Hours
(Tim Solo)I Get High
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