The crowd were starting to warm to captivating Canadians at this point as they were invited to get “Intimate” with the band. After this the bright and cheery (in an luminous yellow dress) Maggie Macdonald invited the audience to dance, seeing as they had just been intimate with the band she pleaded for the shyness to disappear. Front man Joel Gibb left most of the talking to Maggie who introduced the songs. The moat of space at the front of the room between the crowd and the band, was filled with spectators and exuberant band members as popular songs like “Ban Marriage” and “Breathe on it” won the audience over.
Not many bands would like to be blessed with the task of following the Hidden Cameras. The Sleepy Jackson, are rarely out done when it comes to being interesting, with their line up changing more times than Sven’s England. The only ever present in the band is front man Luke Steele, his perfectionist nature sees them regularly in the music press. It is not until you see them live that you realise just how much about the music Luke Steele is. His fun nature was there for all to see when he continues singing some of the songs cappella style after the music has stopped.
The band opened by playing four tracks that more or less roll into one. The eccentric ‘Electro’ kicked things off. This song consisted of pre-recorded electronic blasts with the only vocals being that of a football commentator repeatedly saying
“Deportivo, he’s never taken a penalty before.”
In contrast, the slow nostalgic “Old Dirt Farmer” followed. The set list was an impressive 20 plus songs long, not bad for a band that has only released an eight track mini album and is going through a transitional period.
The band would hop between rock and country like a confused kangaroo with “Good Dancers” and “ Acid Rain In My Heart” being examples of the former, with the well known “ Miniskirt “ and the mournful “ Love you no more”, which had several people wiping their eyes after hearing the lyrics:
“I don’t know if I’ll ever see you again,
I don’t know if I love you no more “
They also took the time to play a few cheesey samplers to pass the time while they overcame technical problems. All in all, this was a very impressive set and you get the feeling Luke and the guys are merely warming up.