There was plenty going on in Adelaide for a Friday and the turnout was solid and something to build on for future visits. The openers Georgi Kay and Clubfeet were respectable and played decent sets, but by in large the crowd didn’t seem to care much for them and were a bit too focused on their conversations, which is a real shame. No matter who the performer is they deserve one’s attention, a concept that frustratingly seemed to be lost on the majority.
Nevertheless, the night was all about Alpine and their impressive debut album A Is For Alpine. Sold out shows around the country is a testament to a burgeoning fan base whose hearts and minds have well and truly been captured. There is something about Alpine that really demands attention with the sweet and lush vocals of Phoebe and Lou (love the eye glitter!) working together smashingly, combined with some gun musicians by way of Tim, Phil, Ryan and Christian who keep the cogs of the Alpine machine going.
Right from the get go Alpine won the crowd over opening with Lovers 1 followed by Lovers 2 with dynamos Phoebe and Lou singing and dancing up a storm. Heartlove, Villages and Gasoline proved popular judging by the amount of people who knew the words and obviously had more than one track of theirs on their iPod.
Alpine are no one trick ponies also mixing it up with some mellower moment sprinkled in their set. Seeing Red and Soft Sides went down just nicely. Hands was a big winner also, and it is hard to believe their album contains so many great tracks. The band couldn’t hide their appreciation of the Adelaide crowd making this Friday night one to remember, well until the next time they come back. There is a genuine chemistry in this band that should be bottled up and sold to band’s going through interpersonal crisis and I, like many others, fell for their infectious enthusiasm and good time party vibe.
Review by Rob Lyon