Millions released their debut album Max Relax a few months ago, so it was great to get to see them play in support of it last night at the Northcote Social Club. The opening act for the evening was Ballarat indie rock band Them 9's. Although they were down a band member I was impressed by their songs and felt they had a bit of a special spark to them. Next up was Sydney four piece band High-tails, who I thought were ok but their songs didn't really stand out to me.
Millions came out onto the stage with all the band members wearing long sleeve white shirts, with 3 of the 4 of them in matching turtlenecks. They kicked off their set with "Slow Burner" from the Nine Lives, Six Degrees EP. Unfortunately it was a disappointingly small and lacklustre crowd in the venue, which I think was due to the number of competing gigs on last night in Melbourne (e.g. I had two other shows I would have liked to attend). While this seemed to frustrate the band, particularly lead singer Dom, they kicked things into another gear with "Champagne" and "Those Girls," which got the crowd moving and more involved. Other highlights of the set included "Clementine," "Agony & Ecstasy," "Writing On The Wall," "Daydreaming" and a lovely cover of Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody." By the time they finished the evening with "Nineteen" nearly everyone was dancing along. Hopefully the next time they come to town they will be playing in front of a sold out crowd because they are too talented to be saddled with a half full venue.
Here's the video for the current single "Clementine" (note the matching white shirts):