California Cousin made full use of the onstage projection and even showed the clip for their newest single, ‘Black Eyes’ as a back drop to play against. The fashionably presented trio had all the cameras flashing at their understated style and smooth delivery. They presented as a tight knit group and played a variety of original poppy rock tunes, with a stand out cover of (the artist formally known as? Or just good old) Prince’s 'Sign O The Times', which got the audience moving. The crowd seemed to be from all walks of life, young and old, and all seemed to really enjoy the performance. California Cousin fed off the interaction from the audience, at one stage asking them to come up closer and dance for the band. There wasn’t too much stage banter or posturing, California Cousin seem to be genuine in their fun approach to rock, and looked like they really enjoy what they do.
Review by Zoe Mitchell.
Photos by Dean Johnson. You can see the full album here.
The Gov supports all kinds of music and the energetic, young local band ‘California Cousin’ are no exception. This gig was in aid of their new single, ‘Black Eyes’. Doors opened at 7:30 p.m and the show began with ‘The Garlic Twitch’, a young comedian fresh to the Adelaide scene. After this interesting choice for the first act, California Cousin graced the stage. Watching the relaxed ease with which they played together, I realized they must be family. Singer Stephanie Ann’s playful stage antics bounced off guitarist/ singer Josh David, and drummer/singer Daniella Lee Dolla’s professional delivery, as if they were relaxing at home. This slick trio used backing tracks and added bass guitar to deliver a polished performance to their fans, some of which were wearing California Cousin t – shirts. Yes, the merchandise was flashy! There were t-shirts and CD’s for sale, and an opportunity to redeem some of the ticket cost by becoming a California Cousin member, and receive two free singles as thanks.