Warming up the stage before supporting band Cub Sport was much loved DJ CC:Disco, whose signature slow grooves interspersed within party starters brought to mind her triumphant Meredith set last year.
Brisbane’s Cub Sport have been receiving praise left right and centre with their album This Is Our Vice. The opening chords for I Can’t Save You were met with so much enthusiasm, some punters were literally jumping up and down in glee, singing almost louder than the comparatively timid lead singer Tim Nelson.
The band unveiled a number of new tracks, a highlight of which was Hawaiian Party which saw Nelson showing off his awe-inspiring falsetto. The band closed out the set with their cover of Kanye West’s Ultralight Beam, and the unmistakable Come On Mess Me Up.
Big Scary took to the stage as the lighting turned ominous, the band lit up by a flash of white as their fabric backdrop was revealed in all its glory. An early highlight was Organism which saw the band pausing in the middle to stage an amusing intermission, a clever nod to the song’s lyrics. Tom Iansek and Jo Syme’s musical chemistry was obvious when they sang in unison during The Endless Story, Syme’s masterful drumming perfectly accompanying Iansek’s piano virtuosity. There’s much to be said about the additional live members of the band too, with Over Matter concluded with a show stealing sax solo from Angus Rigby, the spotlight casting his silhouette across the backdrop.
Iansek and Syme took a moment to play Falling Away together, the audience reminded of the power of their compositions as a duo. Another highlight came when Syme stepped from behind her drumkit to sing Harmony Sometimes, the crowd pin drop quiet to fully take in the song. Hello My Name Is, the opening to 2013’s Not Art was particularly epic in the grand venue, while Up and Up and Up’s rave party edge was also enhanced by the space.
Looking around to see people singing along to every word, it was clear that Big Scary are a band who have had a significant impact. Hearing songs that have served both the band and their audience well over the years played in such a special setting could only be described as momentous.
Highlight: Witnessing a band’s biggest moment to date.
Lowlight: Waiting in line for the cloak room after the show.
Crowd favourite: Someone yelling out Jo Syme’s DJ name Slymewave.