When the intiative of Electric Lady was introduced by Jack River (Holly Rankin) I just filled up with the warm fuzzies and telepathically high fived her multiple times. Firstly, the lineup is mint! Diverse set of female artists who all shine in their own light, which Electric Lady encapsulates so well. I was super excited for this evening and was expecting the Metro Theatre to be filled to the brim with girls, but no, it was pretty 50/50 with males and females which was mega!
I had to make sure I got there early to catch Rackett, man these chicks are the best. I saw them last year at Festival Of The Sun and their stage presence makes the show ever so captivating and to make it that little bit more interesting when the lead singer shaved off her blonde locks whilst playing. I love that these girls all wear matching outfits to their gigs and they really embrace the 60's mod look but their music contrasts with that greatly, with punchy riffs, epic electric guitar and drum solos. What a way to kick off the night, I do wish these guys played later on in the night!
Next were, Body Type a Sydney based band who just got announced that were supporting Pond on their national tour so I was damn keen to check out these chicks, also have had very good reviews. Front lady, Sophie was the cutest person to watch dancing around the stage with a big old grin on her face. I loved that 3 out of the 4 members sang as well, creates some type of unity within the band. At the start of the evening the sound was a bit off, this was the same for Rackett but they pulled it together and really put on a sick show. So keen to see them on the Pond tour too, MEGA!
The venue was extremely full as Gretta Ray was getting ready to take the stage, and the energy was super lovely at this show, something I haven't seen in quite some time. A super appreciative crowd who were just happy to be there and supporting great home grown music and not just there to get drunk, which is the gig culture that is a huge part of the live music scene as of late. Gretta Ray is one confident performer, dancing around the stage, bringing quite an animated element to her set. After winning the Triple J Unearthed competition last year, she's not only grown as a person but as a performer, a really great influence for girls of her age.
Jack River was up next, the lady of the hour/day/week/the last few months. Taking the stage in her glittery jumpsuit that truely represented Electric Lady ever so well, the crowd went nuts and the energy lifted like nothing else. Jack River is one excellent artist and songwriter, I've seen her a few times now but every time I'm pretty impressed with her as a performer and her band, really tight and extremely well rehearsed. She played an acoustic Lorde cover that made a lot of people happy and her brand new single 'Fools Gold', which I think is going to be a great contender in this years Hottest 100. She is an Electric Lady, and I'm very thankful for the night she had created!
Bec Sandridge always puts on such an epic performance, she's one cool lady! She's an artist who really knows what she's doing, her debut album 'In The Fog' is full of certified bangers that compliments her stage presence greatly, she's also a part of one of the coolest record labels around 'Farmer & The Owl'. I always love watching Bec, this was one hell of a set. All artist's played a half an hour set so they really had to punch out some great tracks and energy.
Triple J presenter, Gemma Pike pulled together a killer DJ set throughout sets, cracking out plenty of classics and new bangers we all know and love. Alex Lahey, one lady who has not slowed down for quite some time now. After taking out the Splendour In The Grass slot a year ago, she's killed it on the music front locally and internationally. She also addressed the audience in an inspiring and charismatic way encouraging us all to follow our aspirations no matter what they are even if you've got a big love for 'bingo'. I really enjoyed Alex's set, and was happy with her playing later on in the evening.
To finish off the evening, was the beautiful Ali Barter. I remember interviewing her when her debut 'A Suitable Girl' first came out and we had a chat about how her songs are relatable for girls in general, saying the things we all think, especially when it comes to body confidence etc, so she's relatable which is really important for young girls, especially in this music world. She;s a killer performer (my first time seeing her, surprisingly) and she's just so lovely. A final set full of gusty vocals, insane guitar solos and loads of love.
WOW, an insane evening! Let's hope Electric Lady continues to inspire and make us all smile once again!
Reviewer: Sarah McEwan
Photography: Arizona Creative + Charlie Hardy