Who: Press Club / Mid City / Teen Jesus & The Jean Teasers
Where: The Lansdowne, Sydney
When: Friday May 31st, 2019
Review: Nick Hallworth (Twitter)
Photos: Cath Connell (Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram)
"'F*** yeah’ is the general sentiment of tonight," concludes Press Club singer Natalie Foster, slightly taken aback by the ferocity of the crowd response they’re receiving a couple of songs into tonight’s packed show at Sydney’s Lansdowne Hotel. It’s a reasonable assessment – indeed, Press Club are a very 'f*** yeah' kind of band, channelling a positive, restless, Japandroids-y energy in their tight and raw rock songs.
Earlier, the crowd are warmed by openers Tean Jesus & The Jean Teasers, who flash at a growing promise, and Melbourne’s Mid City who are already fully formed, with a stadium-ready sound that pulls together a million bits of your favourite 2000s indie rock bands (a bit Killers here, a bit Bloc Party there). Singer Joel Griffiths is already star-shaped, giving a performance that belies their ‘second on the bill in a small pub venue’ status. Certainly ones to watch.
But tonight’s all about about Press Club. Onstage, Foster is bookended by guitarist Greg Rietwyk and bassist Iain MacRae, but she holds all the attention as she whips and flails her hair, which, when illuminated by the stage lights, looks like it might be VIVID installation, forming shapes and patterns in sync with the music. Raw, raspy words leave her mouth as if propelled by some unknown force, on course to collide with the back of the room.
What they may lack in variation, Press Club make up for in sheer forward momentum, blasting through an hour of sharp rock songs with no frills or gimmicks. The band tear through most of last year’s album, Late Teens, as well as a few new songs including "Separate Houses" – performed live for the first time tonight – and recent single and notional reason for the tour, "Get Better", which showcases their ability to deftly shift tempo in unexpected ways, as the pace drops a little for the chorus.
By the end, the band had deemed the gig the best Sydney show they’d ever played. However, I suspect that’s a title it'll hold only until the next one rolls around, and the band outdoes themselves once again.
Catch our full gallery of photos from Press Club in Sydney after the jump!