Friday night was all aglow at the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney, with a trio of diverse and interesting bands. Suiix, Wild Honey, and headliners The Lulu Raes each delivered something different - something danceable and fun. And each act all still fit together so nicely! This is the reason you go to shows early. Yes, sometimes support bands are unnecessary add-ons - filler while we wait for the main act, but sometimes they’re phenomenal, and a great way to be introduced to new music.
When we first walked in, we were were greeted with the boisterous Suiix (pronounced swee?). The keyboards out in front supported neo-soul vocal stylings, which was contrasted and complemented by the guitarists’ on-stage antics. The crowd took a while to meander in, but when they did all attention was on the band. Suiix was a great opener and refused to serve as background noise. Wild Honey was up next, with a laid-back surf rock mood. Their warm rock tones is the music of coastlines and lazy days, of road trips and late nights. It’s carefree and summery, but still had the crowd rocking. Keeps me hopeful for what these guys do next! Pretty much everyone had filtered into the venue by now. The bar was buzzing and the atmosphere was hyped.
And finally, out came the headliners.
The Lulu Raes were touted in the event description as “indie-pop gurus”. And sure, that’s definitely the impression you get from their recorded material. But the live show conveyed something a little more energetic and rougher around the edges. This isn’t just glossy sun-soaked pop, there’s an element of gutsiness amongst all the fun - with rocking guitar sounds that were clearly curated under the influence of bands like the Pixies or The Strokes. This supercool mix of pop and garage rock is Lulu Raes’ stomping ground, and is a surefire way of keeping this group as one to look out for.
Their set finished with their most popular single ‘Burnout” which gained some traction online and on Triple J. A strong finisher because the crowd could easily sing along. Other highlights included “never leave” and “Infinite Paradise” - both tunes from the quartet’s latest EP: “All Our Parents Are Divorced”.
And finally, shoutouts to the audience member who offered everyone peanuts. You don’t get that kind of weird and wonderful intimacy at sold-out stadium shows!
Reviewer: Cameron Macleod