I have spent the past two nights at the Gasometer Hotel in Collingwood for a couple intimate shows by The Basics. The opening act both nights was six piece band Sugar Fed Leopards. Wearing fabulous leopard print and sequins outfits (with sole male member David Bramble in a gold lame suit), they sounded like a 60s girl group with a mix of songs drawing inspiration from Motown, calypso and disco. Besides having great energy, lovely harmonies and a plethora of different dance moves, they were very entertaining and a lot of fun.
We got some new songs in the set tonight, including "Hey There!," "Just Hold On," and newish tracks "Roundabout" (which had the audience clapping along), "I'm A Woman" and "To Think Of You." Tim played "Hey Rain" and "Have Love, Will Travel" before they finished the main set with a blistering version of "The Lucky Country." For the encore we once again got a cover of Crowded House's "Four Seasons In One Day" and an audience request for "Better" which was a pretty epic way to end the show. It was such an amazing gig and I'm super excited for the new EP which is due out next month. In addition, if the Basics Rock'n'Roll Party (BRRP) gets registered I may even get to vote for them in the Victorian State Election in November.