Oh Mercy played at The Hi-Fi Bar. I met up with Mary in line and we headed inside the venue when the doors opened and found a spot against the wall for the evening. The opening act was Split Seconds, a five piece indie band originally from Perth but now based in Melbourne. I thought they sounded pretty good and enjoyed their set and songs.
Next up was Brisbane four piece Millions, who were very impressive. I really liked their songs, which had some good grooves to them. "Those Girls" was a highlight of the set and reminded me a bit of Supergrass. They also did an excellent cover of The Ronettes' "Be My Baby." Definitely a band to watch!
Oh Mercy's stage backdrop was all in gold with "Deep Heat" spelled out in helium balloons. Rohan walked out to his drum kit and started the beat for the title track before the rest of the band joined him on stage. Alex was sporting a gold lame jacket with Deep Heat embroidered on the back, which fit his current stage persona and the party atmosphere of the show. The second song of the night was their current single "My Man," and we were lucky enough to hear all of the Deep Heat album played live. They had a saxophone/flute player to help fill out the sound, as well as very special guest Robert McComb from The Triffids who played violin on "Fever," the reggae-tinged "Still Making Me Pay," and my favorite track off the album "Pilgrim's Blues."
Alex was in good spirits and full of energy throughout the set. Older songs such as "Broken Ears," "Keith St." and "Lay Everything On Me" got new arrangements to fit in with the vibe of the new album. They invited all the support bands onto the stage for a raucous version of "Drums" before playing "Stay Please Stay" and finishing off the night with a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "State Trooper." I felt this show was one of the best ones I have seen them play. Afterwards we caught up briefly with Alex, who said it was nice to see familiar faces and was still cursing all the pollen in the air during the day and its effect on his voice.
Here's a short video from when the band hit Byron Bay, featuring some of "My Man" live:
Oh Mercy from Corona Extra on Vimeo.