SUZANNAH BENTLEY ventured to BigSound Live showcases last week and caught a number of acts. Here are recaps of two sets that impressed her the most.
Mia Dyson @ Mustang Bar, Thu Sep 13
After a few years touring America, Victoria’s Mia Dyson is back in Australia with her newly-released fourth album The Moment. Dyson’s particular blend of blues, rock and a touch of country has been captivating audiences since her 2003 debut Cold Water. Tonight, she plays a short, sharp set of material from her new album, throwing in Roll Me Out from Parking Lots as the only older track. Dyson’s disarmingly rich vocals matched with her ability to play some serious guitar draw claps, cheers and fervent dancing from the crowd.
This is the most enthusiastic audience I’ve seen all night at BigSound Live. It could be because it’s the latest timeslot, but I suspect it’s all Mia Dyson.
We All Want To @ Black Bear Lodge, Thu Sep 13
This Brisbane group delivers good old-fashioned indie-rock without hipster pretension or try-hard esotericism. They’re kind of like Brisbane’s own Letters To Cleo or No Doubt, but with more grit.
We All Want To’s BigSound Live show is loud, raw and wouldn’t be out of place in someone’s garage. They introduce some tracks from their new album Come Up Invisible and play favourites from their 2010 self-titled debut. Their most well-known track, the rocking Back to the Car, gets the crowd dancing at the beginning of the set. Other highlights include Trigger Fingers and a catchy new track Firefighter. WAWT are an example of what local live music should be all about: good honest songs without artifice.
SUZANNAH BENTLEY is a Brisbane-based writer, editor and all-round word nerd. She has a Master’s degree in Writing, Editing & Publishing and a penchant for horror films and sparkly things.