It was up to Melbourne's indie pop songstress Courtney Barnett and her band (the Courtney Barnetts, true!) to get the night underway, which they did quite admirably. Her band included the standard drums, lead and bass with Courtney herself on rhythm (she played it left-hand). Their set lasted 45 minutes, which was certainly time well-spent, as each slow-burning song was played right out to the end. Her laid-back, world-weary vocals were well matched with the music, which at times invoked memories of Nirvana (Polly) and Bowie (The Jean Genie). Having driven over from Melbourne on the day, only to drive back again the next day, I bought their EP to help with petrol money, as Paul was to later ask of us. Apparently there's a new EP due out soon which will feature History's Eraser, their new single that's been played on the J's of late.
Review by Paul Chivell
Photos by Melissa Donato. Full gallery can be seen here