Builders Arms Hotel in Fitzroy to see the third date of Kins' March residency. The first act of the evening was The Removalists, which consisted of Liam Halliwell (The Ocean Party/Van Morrissey) playing guitar with a friend on bass along to backing music and samples from their computer. Their set was decent and the bass player told a funny story in between songs about his Oxford educated housemate who is trying to find himself. For the last couple songs they were joined by Jordan Thompson (also from the above mentioned bands) on vocals.
Next up was Seagull, who I haven't seen live in a while. Chris and his band played an all too short but excellent set of songs, mostly from his latest album Council Tree. Highlights included "Water," "Company" and "Grand Mother."
Kins is the new band of Thomas Savage (ex-Oh Mercy). The room was pretty full as they started the evening with "Fade Bird, Fade." The songs in the set were taken from their previously released singles and the upcoming LP Dancing Back & Forth, Covered in Whipped Cream. Thom's guitar playing was both impressive and gorgeous, especially on my favorite song "United Fate." Current single "Lake Troposphere" was another highlight, and they finished the night with the title track of the LP, which is due out in May. It appears that Kins is building some buzz around Melbourne, and I look forward to seeing how they progress.
Lake Troposphere from Kins on Vimeo.