Morning Harvey have been a standout band in this scene in my eyes since their psychedelic single ‘Girl Euphoria’. But seeing the group perform on the low stage of The Elephant Hotel really ran home how stellar the humble group are.
The title of ‘Brisbane Bands’ has become somewhat ubiquitous in recent years. Outfits like The Jungle Giants and Last Dinosaurs bred a new era of indie-rock that took on a clean and promising sound in its early years. Fast forward to 2015 and the number of bands clinging to this new sound have quadrupled in number. Bedroom rock stars take to the stage every weekend on Brunswick Street in revealing skinny jeans and ¾ length skivvys from Vinny’s singing about Brisbane’s faces.
The band was at home in The Valley. Spencer White (frontman) humbly performed tracks off Morning Harvey’s brand new EP Love&Loveand with bandmates Jackson, Steve and Lewis. Movements on stage were genuine, and genuinely sexy. The lyrics fell off Spencer’s tongue with confidence. When the crowd moved closer to the stage the night began, and roaring tracks like “Pinch Me Velvet” had everyone dancing, and a moving little bit closer too.
In the big bad world of ‘Brisbane Bands’ only a few can pierce the seal. Morning Harvey took a giant pair of scissors with them to The Elephant.
Words and photos by David Simmons.