@ The Tivoli
Review By: Alexandra Ainsworth
It’s been some 20 years since The Avalanches have played in Brisbane (according to The Avalanches), and their late start leaves the audience hanging for just a little longer before exploding on stage. The Tivoli is packed with fans both old and new, all ready to hear tracks from The Avalanches’ two albums, released 16 years apart, come to life.
The setlist officially starts with Because I’m Me, and it’s intro gives the crowd the tiny nudge it needs to start moving around the room. Wild cheers for the Melbourne duo, joined by touring drummer Paris Jeffree, vocalist Eliza Wolfgramm, and rapper Nareem Juwan, warmly welcome the band to Brisbane as the five simultaneously work the stage. Wolfgramm’s vocals are hard to ignore, her powerful voice almost overtaking the show from the get go, but there is still a balance felt throughout the set—tracks like Frankie Sinatra, which featured early in the set, proved that both rapping by Juwan and multi-instrumental work by Tony Di Blasi and Robbie Chater were absolutely not to be dismissed.
The Avalanches not only put on a audibly spectacular show, but one that appealed just as much to the visual senses. A giant screen backlit the stage, with animated videos and a mashup of 90s nostalgia ran through tracks to highlight the past as much as the present. The Avalanches have remained true to their roots, they pioneered a unique sound that changed the way audiences and artists viewed sample-based music, and it’s something they are rightfully boasting tonight.
Newer tracks Subways and If I Was A Folkstar both proved to be crowd favourites, the latter being the last song before the band walked off stage amidst cheers for an encore. The evening closes with The Noisy Eater and Since I Left You, as well as a few quips about it being past the band’s bedtime. It’s a well-rounded set that showcased the best of both Since I Left You and Wildflower, but it primarily proved that The Avalanches are still as relevant as they have ever been.
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