Last night Belinda and I headed to the Hi-Fi Bar on Swanston Street to see the triumphant return of Little Red to the live music scene in Melbourne. It has been months since I saw them play and this mini-tour was done as a last taste before the boys head off into the studio to record their second album.
The show opened with the Young Lovers, a new wave sounding band with some good and uplifting tunes. Next was Ground Components, a solid band with interesting songs. Their guitarist played the show from a lounge chair since he broke his foot the night before but that didn't bring down the energy level of the other band members. The lead singer's voice is a bit rough, but the group is a very talented bunch of musicians.
Little Red came onto the stage to huge cheers from the sold-out crowd. They played songs from their previous releases as well as some new ones. The audience was singing along in full voice for most of the night, with "Little Annie" and "Jackie Cooper" getting big responses. I was happy as always to hear "Misty, I" and "Lazy Boy." The newest songs sounded really good and showed a lot of growth in the band's sound. Members of Ground Components came out on stage to play along to the last song of the main set "It's Alright." For the encore they played "Cry Cry" and finished the night with "Coca Cola." It was a fantastic show and confirmation of what a great live band Little Red have become.