THE GETAWAY PLAN
+ Elora Danan
@ Rosemount Hotel 01/09/17
Review by Catherine Parrish
The year is 2008. The Getaway Plan have just released their debut album Other Voices, Other Rooms. It’s hugely successful and ranks #3 on the ARIA charts for Australian music. A tour follows, joined by local support artist and long-time friends Elora Danan, now together again and reunited on the first day of spring in 2017 at the new and improved Rosemount Hotel. The turn out is significant; many people here tonight have been fans since that first celebrated LP. Together they are ready to relive their younger post-hardcore years featuring a double set with all the old favourites and a few cheeky newer songs from their 2015 album Dark Horses.
“We’re a band that was around before Facebook. We’re used to printing flyers and leaving them at cafés… I sent you all a friend request on MySpace,” Elora Danan vocalist George Green jokes before reminiscing on two artist’s history. “We used to do a lot of shows together back in the day, and then one day we got a message from [The Getaway Plan] asking us to do this show with them, so thanks very much for coming down.” For an artist that have only just started performing again for the first time in eight years, Elora Danan certainly have a loyal fan base. Lost songs such as “Check Your Smile,” “Door, Up, Elevator“ and closing track “Drink Together, Die Alone“ were sung back at them with fists pumps and a minuscule circle pit. Green took advantage of the new stage setup and leaped across the barricade, sharing his microphone with the crowd, undoubtedly making the most out of the revival of a lost local legend.
Elora Danan took their role as support artist to the next level and were spotted hanging around near side of stage in anticipation to welcome The Getaway Plan back to the Rosemount. Without any spoken introduction, the four-piece from Melbourne ripped into their opening track “The Reckoning“ with a familiar energy that rounds up the crowd to the front of the stage. Front-man Matt Wright is reserved, hiding behind his signature long and light hair, murmuring somewhat shyly to his audience between tracks. Stealing the show with their enthusiasm; long time guitarist Clint Ellis and drummer of recent years Dan Maio both put on impressive performances. While Wright preferred to appear calm and cool, every rippling guitar solo and enigmatic drum break was accompanied by huge ear-to-ear smiles.
Collectively the band stood out the most during their second set, highlighting tracks from Other Rooms, Other Voices in a sing-along that echoed across the entire venue. “Sick dicks!” says Wright after witnessing someone launch themselves off the stage barrier and carried off into the crowd. While fast paced, heavy guitar tracks like “Streetlight“, “Sleep Spindles“ and “Shadows“ kept the crowd moving, slower paced and vocal based tracks such as “New Medicine“ were diminished under an overpowering bass. Not much of a setback from otherwise a great show, especially since Mr. Sound Guy could be entirely at fault for that. Finishing on a high, “When The City Meets The Sea“ had most of the crowd nodding their heads and shouting for more, while final track “Transmission“ acted perfectly as a fond farewell. Despite the times, these two artists are the best value for money across the Australian alternative music scene. A very happy reunion on all accounts.
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Setlist for 01/09/17
If The Suspense Doesn’t Kill Us, Something Else Will
A Lover’s Complaint
Rhapsody On A Windy Night
Where The City Meets The Sea
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