@ The Lansdowne Hotel
11/11/17 (Live Review)
2017 has been the year of Ruby Fields. After becoming an overnight success with her debut single I Want, the 19-year-old rocker has gained a steady following through constant support from triple j and BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac. With her follow up single P Plates, Ruby Fields is going on the road for the first time, taking fellow Sydneysiders Totty along for the ride. And alongside Wollongong natives Archy Punker, The Lansdowne Hotel was in for a night of some of Sydney’s finest underground acts.
Starting with their single Never Wanna Leave, Archy Punker had everyone bopping their heads. Performing a collective of their fast-paced indie rock, vocalist Kyle Willoughby’s unique voice captured an array of feelings that left the crowd clinging to his every word, myself included. With Totty’s Kelly Jansch joining the boys on the song Can’t Run Without Legs, the band left everyone buzzing for the next act.
Not before long, Totty took to the stage with Assertive, a dark tune that got everyone crowding the stage. It was evident in the band’s live performance that they were having the time of their life, with all members laughing and smiling during the entire set. The singles RIFF and SIGH were definite highlights of the night, with even Ruby Fields at her feet, crashing the stage to sing along. By the end of their final song Pho, the lo-fi trio swooned everyone that night with catchy tunes and an imminent love for dogs.
Ruby Fields is a force to herself. Jumping on the stage with bassist Brad Heald and drummer George Georgiadis by her side, the opening song Trouble had everyone rushing to the stage. Fields constantly ooze confidence and cool throughout her set, attracting everyone into her web of melodic music and adoration for alcohol. Not even within the first two songs, she is encouraged to down an entire bottle of Budweiser and does it flawlessly without fault before playing a rendition of Garbage’s Cherry Lips.
But what sets Fields apart from other indie rock acts in the genre is her incredibly honest and relatable lyrics. She ushered her band off stage to perform a solo track about her family, talking about her struggles growing up and the strife she would give her family. An incredibly brutal track about familial love that moves everyone in the room and brings her dad to tears in the midst of the crowd. She closes with her two previously released singles, which leaves everyone clinging to every word in the moment with passion. Lyrics like
“I wanna be someone who doesn’t smoke for a false sense of validation”
has the crowd screaming over the volume of Field’s microphone. And suddenly, it felt like the set ended way too soon.
Ruby Fields have a promising future ahead of her accomplishments in 2017. From her 30 minute set, she proved that there is more to her than what we’ve seen in her musical releases so far. Jump on the bandwagon and hold on tight, because there is so much more to come from this 19-year-old prodigy.
AMNplify – BD
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