Mexicali Rose for dinner before heading to the Corner Hotel to see Oh Mercy's sold out show. The first band of the evening was The Ocean Party, who I have been wanting to see live for a while now. They had a good set of indie music with some standout tracks, and contained members of other bands that I saw at the Kins residency a few weeks ago.
Next up was Gossling (aka Helen Croome). Her songs and band were decent but I just couldn't get past her voice, which sounds like a chipmunk. It was like they had some sort of helium effect on the microphone, but no, it was her real voice. Very unfortunate.
Before Oh Mercy took the stage they played a very good selection of classic Aussie music over the PA while we waited. The band started their set with "Keith St" and then played my favorite song off Privileged Woes, "Broken Ears" next. We were very fortunate to hear all of the new album Great Barrier Grief played live. Highlights were "What You Do" with a great guitar solo by Simon, "Let Me Go," "Tenderness," and having Eliza sing lead vocals on "Doldrums." They finished the main set with "Stay Please Stay," and for the encore did a ripping cover of Leonard Cohen's "Memories" before finishing the night with "Lay Everything on Me." It's exciting to see them become more popular and to sell out the Corner was a great accomplishment.
Here's the video for the fabulous "Stay Please Stay"