The Harpoons have finally released their debut album Falling For You, which they launched at a sold out show at Howler in Brunswick last night. Although this venue is very close to home, it was the first time both Belinda and I have been inside. The design of the space is quite nice and the band room has a big stage.
We arrived midway through the set of opening act Dorkus Malorkus (aka Cassie Wood), who had more melancholy songs that she played both solo on electric guitar and with a couple other musicians. Next up was Kirkis, a five piece jazz-funk band headed up by Matthew Kirkis, which sounded pretty good and brought a lot of energy to the room. They played their songs live on instruments while also incorporating some samples into the mix.
The room was completely packed by the time The Harpoons hit the stage and launched into "Keep You Around." Most of the songs played throughout the night were off their debut album, with the highlights being "Never Stop Loving You," "Can We Work This Out" with Martin King up the front of stage singing, "Falling For You" and "Walk Away." Bec Rigby absolutely nailed her vocals on the soulful "Ring Ring" and old favorite "Faith," which was great to hear live again. We were even treated to a couple new songs by Henry Madin. Towards the end of the set they brought out members of the opening bands and other friends to sing and play along on some songs, including the single "Unforgettable," which got the biggest crowd response of the night. For the encore they did a cover of John Paul Young's "Love is in the Air." I'm so happy The Harpoons have finally released an album, and I hope we don't have such a long wait for the next one.
Here's the video for the latest single "Can We Work This Out"