LIVE REVIEW: Charlie Horse, Suzy Connolly @ Sandringham Hotel, Sydney (19/04/12)

Charlie Horse | photo by Chris Familton

written by Chris Familton

Despite some sound issues/delays Charlie Horse and Suzy Connolly both played great sets at The Sando last night. Charlie Horse seemed to convert their frustrations into some fiery playing with Paul McDonald throwing rock shapes on guitar and Matt Brown almost overpowering the PA with his superb drumming. Out front Crystal Rose is a captivating front woman showing she can both serenade and snarl amid a constantly moving scene of hair and limbs. She fought to rise above the rest of the band but when they hit those choruses everything seemed to lock into place and surge forward. Highlights like Dead Roses, I Killed My Mind and Am I Not Your Baby No More were all just as magnificent live as they sound on the new album.

Suzy Connolly played with just bass and guitar as accompaniment and the absence of drums wasn’t noticed a bit. The trio gelled wonderfully with melody-rich basslines and Connolly’s producer Josh Schuberth contributing some subtle guitar work as well as jumping behind the sound desk to rescue the mix and lend some perfect reverb to Connolly’s note perfect vocals. Songs from the brilliant Night Larks LP comprised the set with Antony, Company Man and a dreamy version of Faking Your Best particular highlights. Connolly’s skill at performing her songs meant that they possessed just as much (if not more) emotional weight and beauty as the recorded versions.

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Crystal Rose of Charlie Horse | photo by Chris Familton
Crystal Rose of Charlie Horse | photo by Chris Familton
Suzy Connolly | photo by Chris Familton
Suzy Connolly | photo by Chris Familton
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PHOTOS: Deep Sea Arcade Album Release Party (Media) @ Goodgod Small Club, Sydney (07/03/12)

Deep Sea Arcade proudly launched their brand spanking new album Outlands this evening in Sydney to an invited assemblage of media people. The band played a brief set highlighting the magic combination of pop nous, melodic hooks and swaggering beat bravado that they’ve proven over recent years on stage and with the singles they’ve released.

photo: Ernest Fratczak
photo: Chris Familton
photo: Chris Familton
photo: Chris Familton

 

 

 

 

PHOTOS: Suzy Connolly @ Notes Live, Newtown (10/02/12)

Suzy Connolly | photo by Chris Familton

Last night Sydney’s Suzy Connolly celebrated the release of her superb debut album Night Larks with a show at Notes in Newtown. She played the entire album backed by a great band that were able to lift the music up and pull back to give her voice extra space when required. She finished her set with a magical  encore of The Kinks’ Waterloo Sunset. In support was labelmate Edward Deer followed by a bunch of other Laughing Outlaw Records alumni covering everything from Neil Young to Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Turtles and The Rolling Stones. A standout was Jamie Hutchings visceral take on Young’s Like A Hurricane.

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Suzy Connolly | photo by Chris Familton
Paul McDonald, Jamie Hutchings & Sam Shinazzi | photo by Chris Familton
Emma Swift | photo by Chris Familton
Edward Deer, Suzy Connolly & Miss Little | photo by Chris Familton