The Floating Hat featuring MEG MAC soared though the third night in a series of Perth shows last Friday at the Rosemount Hotel; perhaps underestimating the Perthian love for her music, because tickets kept selling and the number of sold out shows reached a healthy number five.
Back to the infamous hat...
From where Rabbit Radio was standing (middle-back, perfect spot for an even and rounded sound at the venue), in between the old school style stage lights doing their own little spotlight dances, in the breaks of darkness it appeared as though her signature wide brimmed hat was floating across the stage from one end to the other, and back again. The lights would flicker from time to time however, and the secret was revealed that there was actually a MEG MAC directly beneath the floating hat, bellowing out a seriously big sound for a petite human.
Have you ever bought a soundtrack, listened to it over and over, gone to the concert and thought how is it possible that the live version sounds even better than on the radio?! I’ll be honest – that doesn’t usually happen to me; obviously the exception had to arise sooner or later... and Miss Mac delivered on this front. I’m a heavy beat and bassline (wo)man myself, and from where I was standing up the back these were booming in good form. Phat is the word that comes to mind. This was underneath the most clear and powerful vocal punches I’ve heard live in a long while. The lady can sing! Her nack for catchy pop choruses helped our heads bop also, for the majority of the concert.
I’m a loyal kinda’ Rabbit, so for me when Every Lie came on with that eery and broken vocal melody line, I was reminded why I first fell in love with Meg Mac and the Floating Hat. The young artist has a serious palate for lyrics too – “It’s just your bones keeping...Release my soul beneath my naked bones” – sounds like an old soul in a young body. Soul is definitely the word of the day here... as she packed it in bucket loads with a healthy mix of Soul, Pop and sometimes Motown vibes thermomixed with Indie radio sounds of today. The pair of female backing singers standing to the right of the stage and doing the spookily beautiful back up vocal melodies added to the old school feel too. It feels understated calling them backing singers, because their harmonies were a major feature in the overall concert package deal.
Another highlight... Mac’s cover of Grandma’s Hands, which a lot of us know from airplay on Australian radio. It oozed cool with a phat bass line and beat working together to form a throwback to the 70’s urban street vibe, everyone singing and clapping along...well we all were doing what could in the limited space left in the Rosemount room. Kudos to the sound guy too! In true Grandma form, my bones were shaking from the bass line – I’m not satisfied unless my bones aren’t left shaking, so that’s a definite thumps up from me.
Review // Olivia Szulgowski
Photography// Stuart Sevastos.