Can you feel the future? If you’re listening to the latest album from The John Steel Singers, then you most definitely can! As a huge fan of 70’s funk the heavy influence of the style in their new album “Midnight at the Plutonium” really impressed me. A highly anticipated album 3 years in the making the band have really brought the funk this time around! So, in celebration of their latest release they embarked on the “Midnight At The Plutonium” tour and I was lucky enough to attend on the Saturday 20th of September at The Triffid Brisbane
Brisbane trio These Guys started the show and although there wasn’t a huge crowd at this point the band definitely delivered! These guys have a unique synthetic/pop/acoustic style and I’ve already added their track “Suburban Restaurant” to my personal playlist.
Next up and touring alongside The John Steel Singers was Melbourne’s Alex Lahey. She brings so much to the stage with her relatable, upbeat and outright fun tracks. She shares personal stories through her lyrics and gave us a mix of unreleased music as well as fan favourites including “You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me” and “Let’s Go Out”. Overall, Alex Lahey as a supporting act got the crowd up, singing and dancing and ready for the main show.
When 9 band members are on stage, I think you sort of know you’re in for a treat. The John Steel Singers took the stage and as soon as the distinct keyboard melody of “Midnight At Plutonium” came on the energy in the crowd just lifted. With such a fun bass line strung throughout the song, it’s obvious why it doubles as the album name. The bands voices mesmerised the audience, harmonising perfectly to create that classic John Steel Singer sound. This is the bands last tour together following the release of this album and when you watch them play live you see nothing but smiling, laughing between the guys it’s obvious that the group is more like a family then a band.
Throughout the night The John Steel Singers electrified with their funky and at times psychedelic vibes. Each of the artists at some point or other went off on their own tangent with the guitar and synth keyboard stand outs. I must admit the absolute highlight of the night was the insane saxophone solo in “Weekend Lover”. The entire performance was really met by the crowd who were up jumping, singing and grooving along to the band. Honestly a super fun night out in Brisbane for all who came.
Reviewer - Chloe Sankey