Ghost Chair, Jack Davies and Spacey Jane @ The Fremantle Arts Centre, WA
Review and Photography by Sethen Sheehan-Lee
Spacey Jane are arguably the most popular up and coming band in the Perth/Fremantle music scene. In the space of two year they’ve gone from playing intimate clubs to touring around Australia and playing some huge festivals (including the world-renowned Splendour in the Grass). Tonight, the group would be playing to a SOLD-OUT Fremantle Arts Centre as part of their highly anticipated Head Cold Tour and within the next few months the group will be starting to tour internationally. If all of the above doesn’t show the characteristics of a successful band, their live show will certainly put them up there with some of the best bands in Australia right now!
Opener Ghost Care were not the most dominating of groups on stage but the vocal harmonies between their front man and bassist were impressive. The overall performance was quite casual but as the evening went on a decent crowd built around the lawn of the Arts Centre.
The audience itself was quite diverse, with the event attracting young adults as well as families with young children.
The next act (Jack Davies) had an interesting sound with influences from; country, folk and indie music. This was fairly different to anything else being performed that night. While Jack Davies was clearly a talented musician, the heavy use of metaphor in his lyrics meant the messages were hard to decode. That being said indie music is known for its complex metaphors, so this is just running with what is expected from the genre. While I appreciated the performance it was slightly confusing in the way it was presented and took away from the fact this artist is pushing some huge musical boundaries.
Spacey Jane started the performance with their high energy fan favourite “Thrills”. Throughout the night the group danced and jumped around the stage feeding off the phenomenal energy of the crowd. Some of the riffs were so catchy fans were even singing along (particular during their performance of “Feeding the Family”). The group also performed one unreleased song “Love Me Like You Haven’t Changed” which managed to be more poppy than anything they’ve released while embracing elements of progressive rock. Fairly early in their set the group had proven themselves as an act who could compete with the best in the country, if not the world.
The group finished with an encore featuring a cover of Car Seat Headrest’s “Fill in Blanks” and their breakout song “Cold Feet” which demonstrated a group ready to play arenas.
Sure, the band might have missed a literally one or two notes, but real live music isn’t about being perfect. Pretty much every show they play gets bigger and bigger (particular in their hometown of Fremantle), looking towards 2020, one of this region’s best up and coming bands has a good chance of making strides overseas.