Little Birdy/ The Avenues/ Bob Evans
Review by Leo Abbs
This was advertised a ‘secret’ gig and of course like any other secret show i’ve heard about in the Perth Scene enough people knew about it to be well attended and in this case of the small (but fine) venue it meant it was sold out.
Bob Evans in case you are new to Perth Music or just don’t give a shit about his band, is the guy from Jebediah. He doesn’t play anything Jebediah related in fact would probably prefer not to be mentioned as ‘the guy from Jebediah’ in relation to his solo stuff, but too bad I’ve said it already.
Anyway Bob’s set was short and he jumped straight into it with ‘Live For Today’ in my eyes the best track from his album ‘suburban kid’. He’s looking a lot older than a kid these days mind you but that’s good as if he’s going to do this solo ‘personal’ stuff it’s good he’s got some life experience under his belt. What I thought let him down tonight and on most occasions is that he just runs through the songs without introducing them. Now these songs have a bit of depth to them and with his sing thru the nose, not pronuncing the words properly, style it’d be helpful to at least know what the title was on occasion. Also what ever happened to having the set list on the back of the guitar? I thought that was his trademark. A friend of mine believes that it’s not a setlist it’s just numbers – numbers of the fret where the capo goes for each song.
He played some new songs tonight which all seemed to be abouthis love life. Now love is a very interesting topic but when it’s done to death by musicians it’s good not to rely on it too much. That’ s why the suburbuan kid album was fantastic – there was more than just love songs (stevie’s song for instance is brilliant) and variety is the spice of life isn’t it?
The Avenues (or the average news as one punter said). played next and I spent more time in the beer garden, but describing that, would make a crap review.
I saw some of Little Birdy’s set, but it’s hard to properly review a band when you’ve got your mind set on the train timetable. They had a home crowd tonight with many of the crowd being friends of the band. After seeing Katie play the week before it was annoying to hear ‘it’s great to be in freo’ again – You may as well say ‘YOU ROCK CLEVELAND’! While they were playing hit after hit – Katie seemed to be trying to hard to get the crowd into it. I can’t help but feel that if the crowd wants to sing along they will.
However, Little Birdy are a quality pop act just don’t go expecting more.