One of the many downsides of being under 18 is that the only way you can legally get into gigs is if you go with a parent. So I dragged my mum along to see The White Lies and their support act, Yves Klein Blue. On this particular night, my mother decieded it would be fun to go to one of the souvineer shops on Swanston Street that never close. Getting her out of there was not an easy task, especially because a Sunnyboys song had just come on and luckily we arrived a few minutes before Yves Klein Blue started their set.
As those of you who have been following this blog would know, Yves Klein Blue are one of my favourite Australian bands and I was anxious to see if they would be as good live as they are on record and the good news is: they are. Although most of the crowd(which was huge by the end of the night) were at the bar, a number of Yves Klein Blue fans gathered at the front of the stage to hear their unique blend of indie-pop. Singles Getting Wise and car ad favourite Polka, were very popular with the crowd, as well some of the standout track form their debut album. They also played a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run, which seemed a bit lost on the audience. The whole band lookede like they were having a ball and lead singer Michael Tomlinson thanked the audience at almost every avaliable opportunity.They could really teach The White Lies a thing or two about stage presence.
If Yves Klein Blue were the high-on-red-cordial younger brother, The White Lies would be the mopey 16 year old who has just discovered poetry and Joy Division. From the moment they began their set, they looked they would rather be somewhere else. They looked as though they had no interest in connecting with the audience and only seemed interested in their induvidual parts. It may sound petty, but if I’m going to fork out(although I didn’t in this case) to see a band, I at least want to pretend they’re enjoying themselves.
Musically, these guys sound very similar to Interpol or The Editiors and their influences are extremely obvious. They did sound good live and Harry McVeigh’s vocals were especially impressive. They played most of the songs from their album, with the expection of Nothing To Give. Towards the end of their set they played some slower stuff and an average cover of Portisheads The Rip which lost the crowds interest. Things picked up again when they played their final song Death which had the whole hifi bar in a frenzy.
I really do hope they were having a bad night because they have the potential to be quite entertaining. I guess we’ll just have to wait for the next time they come here.
Also, me and my mum got our photo taken and put up on the venue’s website. It seems bit odd considering we’re a mother daughter combination, but cool nevertheless. Thanks to Mr Cho for saving it for me!