Saturday night in Perth was packed with exciting gigs all over the city, but one that had a lot of people excited was Angus Dawson’s debut EP launch. Perth, Dawson’s hometown, was the last stop on his Australian tour, sharing Ellesmere Street with Melbourne and Sydney the previous week.
He kicked off the night with 'Atticus Finch', a track he dropped a video for weeks before the tour. The live performance was filmed in the hills of Perth and the video set the perfect tone for what to expect on the night. Saturdays performance was nothing shy of the videos calming saxophone tones and eerily tuned vocal melodies, a personal favourite of mine.
The three piece ensemble consists of Louis Frere-Harvey who gently drives a drum kit with MIDI controls, Luke Minness on saxophone and synth, with Angus Dawson on electric guitar, synth and vocals. It really is something to see, the band had all eyes on them as they filled the room with their melancholy grooves. Dawson had two microphones on the night, one hooked up to a subtle auto-tune, to create that next level in the production of his vocal sound.
Joining Dawson and band on stage was Louise Penman from popular local act LILT. Penman showcased her typically haunting lyrics and ethereal voice with the collab track ‘Close My Eyes’; another fine example of Perth talent coming together and turning it on for the WA music scene.
Angus Dawson was responsible for the satisfaction felt by many Jack Rabbit Slims’ patrons. Our first time seeing him live, expectations at Rabbit Radio were high – and Dawson delivered on all fronts with a bucketful of bone-chattering beats with a native drum kit accompanied by electronic pad, a guest female vocalist to take us high in altitude, and a special highlight of a smooth saxophone and his woodwind master. If the Launch was anything to go by, the EP is definitely worth checking out – available for your ears right now from all the usual online spots.
Reviewer - Olivia Szulgowski