Sunday, August 21, 2011
Owl Eyes - Northcote Social Club
Every now and then we see something magical emerge from the quagmire of mediocrity that is the '(insert country) Idol' franchise. First we had Lisa Mitchell, and now there is Brooke Addamo, or Owl Eyes as she prefers to be known. Lovely and I went to see her last night at the Northcote Social Club, and it was the first time I've seen the place filled all the way up to the stage (granted this was only my third visit to the venue). Having two sold out shows for an EP launch is pretty impressive to say the least, and she emerged streaked in glitter with a feathery headdress and her gracefully erratic stage presence (this sounds like a paradox but you'll get what I mean when you see her). She seemed completely in her element, and despite confessing to being rather unwell two songs in, and trying to encourage our lazy Sunday night crowd to help her out, she pushed on and played a really great set, including the super sweetened Like a Version cover of Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People. Highlights for me included Crash, Dancer, and the title track Raiders (see below), which was a really strong closer, and also signaled that there would be no encore. To be honest, I don't think she even needed one.
You've come a long way, baby.