Notable local music label Electric Honey were all set to release brand new singles from two quality acts under their wing that we were familiar with – DopeSickFly and Calum Frame – and to celebrate the occasion, as well as their 25th consecutive year as a group, they played host to the pair at Broadcast with a launch event…
…but before them was a very special guest in the form of rising artist Emma Gillespie, who we only recently became acquainted with. We had seriously enjoyed her Pier Siamese record, so we knew we were in for something awfully good.
The likes of Mercury, Pour It Out and an upbeat untitled tune had us hooked. In addition, the filling venue were respectfully silent for the teenage angst-fuelled Close To Love, the emotional You’ll Forget had us immersed with beautiful writing, and she finished up with a more or less perfect rendition of Maria McKee’s If Love Is A Red Dress .
She admitted to having concerns over being a bit rusty, as this was her first performance since her jump into motherhood, but you know what, one tiny miscue aside, we thought she was just fine. In fact, she was more than that; she was tremendous.
It comes as no surprise as to why Emma has quite the following preceding her.
We last saw Calum Frame sharing the main stage of the O2 ABC with Little Eye way back in December 2014, so seeing him again proved to be something that was a long time coming.
Sporting the most stylish of attires, he dished out a range of cracking indie-pop numbers such as Lead Me On, One Generation and upcoming single ‘Till The Record Stops, with each of them featuring bouncy, toe-tapping melodies.
He also displayed the utmost confidence on stage, clearly being in the zone all the way thorough, not to mention his ensemble – which included fellow artist Cara Rose – all worked off Calum pretty well and showcased a fair amount of talent and energy in their own right.
As expected, entertaining stuff from a lad with plenty of potential that is being realised more and more by the day.
We had been thoroughly impressed by DopeSickFly‘s debut album last year, so we were eager to see them live for the first time ever.
After the quickest changeover ever, they teed off nicely with Barriers. After the crowd moved forward per request, they got the place riled up with Playing With Fire and Party, before captivating all with the catchy and evidently popular Hydroplane, which had a mixture of singing, dancing and synchronized la-la-la-ing on the go.
Things got interesting, as the second half turned into total bedlam. Standard practice suggests that we detail the readers on what transpired, but in this case, we will not dare spoil what went down because our words cannot do any justice whatsoever.
Eventually, they capped off with their sensational new track Affirmation Lover, in which after the demands for an encore were deafening. Much to the delight of the audience, they got just that and were sent to a frenzy once again.
Over the course of the set, the duo of Ant and Wendy killed it on the mic; Ant in particular was really charismatic and had a swift flow. On top of that, the riffs were just sweet and the rhythms were unbelievably funky.
We have been going to gigs for a long time now, and we can say without a shadow of the doubt that this was among the most unique experiences we have ever had in a music venue. We suppose there are worse ways to spend a Tuesday night.