I saw Japanese Wallpaper at Splendour in the Mud 2015 and fell even more in love with him. I was so excited to see them in a more intimate setting. The energy inside Jack Rabbit Slims was pumping for another sold out gig despite his chilled out electronica vibes.
Supporting him tonight were Lanark, a local four piece Perth band who have a chilled pop/rock vibe. Setting the scene for the night with tracks that made you float around the dance floor, I can tell the drummer is a fan of Radiohead. Perfect opening act, and worth checking out as soon as you get the chance. I left the venue with their limited addition 7” ‘Anywhere But Here’.
Japanese Wallpaper has come so far after winning Triple J’s Unearthed competition in 2014 at only 17 years of age! This Melbourne artist has such a unique and tight stage presence, touring with three other members, lead guitar, drums and synth/female vocals. Listening to them live is better than listening to the record! They provide such a good energy.
Watching the way the group works together on stage is pretty incredible. Wallpaper uses his samples to control the the foundations of each track from his pads. Combine that with the synth, vocal harmonies, drum kit and live electric guitar you get an extremely awe inspiring performance.
When they played ‘Forces’ the crowd got very excited, cheers from the whole venue drowned out the first few bars of the song. The vocals were stunning, suited the track perfectly. This was one of the more energetic moments of the night, because of its faster pace and popularity.
They finished off the night with ‘Between Friends’, my personal favourite. His vocals really are flawless live. I was pretty devastated when the song ended and ended the gig for the night. I would see these guys any opportunity I can in the future. I was lucky enough to run into Gab at the end of the night briefly and say hello, such a modest soul!
Check out Lanark on bandcamp, and don't miss Japanese Wallpaper again!
Reviewer - Keeley Connolly
Photography - last.fm