Thursday, February 19, 2009

Oh Mercy

On Tuesday night Nicole and I made our way from town to the Northcote Social Club, for our selected night of the residency for Oh Mercy. We had dinner in the front bar, after discovering the decking and beer garden out the back, while we watched the bands arrived, and heard the first act through the wall.

We went into the band room to see The Frowning Clouds, a little 60s rock'n'roll band from Geelong, with their skinny jeans and ankle boots. A few covers during the first half of their set, songs like Tiger Heart had them find their presence on stage, with She's Mine and then I'm Sad stand outs.

The room started to fill out, as Alex set up the stage. The four piece Oh Mercy made a uneventful enterance on stage...but captured everyone's full attention as they started to play. Alex is chatty and engaging, while he's tunes his guitar between each song.

Full of energy, they played a set ready for album release! The single Seemed Like A Good Idea was great, and then Salvation Jane, which they say they haven't played in 10 months, and played it this night because new drummer Glen likes it - well, so do we!

A new song to finish, with just Alex and Thom on stage, drew aloft lighters in the crowd! Something I haven't seen for a long time! Such an exciting little Melbourne band, ready for big things.

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