Radio Star, The Belligerents, Tomaki Jets & Indigo Kids – Evelyn Hotel, 21st of April

The Evelyn saw a crazy night of electro and vintage pop on Thursday night, where the infectious Radio Star launched their brand new single, ‘A Common Tale’, supported by an impressive list of Australian acts in the form of The Belligerents, Tomaki Jets and Indigo Kids.Indigo kids opened the night with an impeccable sound. It was nice to see technical ability from guitarist and co-lead singer Andrew Goddard, while Tom Wolff, the man on keys, had a warm and memorable voice, not unlike James Murphy’s from LCD Soundsystem. A very danceable version of David Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’ was played, much to the crowd’s enjoyment.  Next up were powerful experimental 3 piece Tomaki Jets. Hard-hitting drums, lots of reverb on the vocals and fast bass lines characterised their set. While a bit less screaming and more melody would’ve been welcome, the band gave it their all; every note and every beat had a meaning behind it and each member got absorbed into the music. Following Tomaki Jets were The Belligerents from Brisbane, touring for their new EP, Less Arty More Party. These five musicians from Brisbane understand their instruments perfectly and how it all ties together to make one sound. Their set-up was impressive for a smaller band, including drum machines, and an array of guitar pedals. Their tunes were very danceable with catchy riffs and atmospheric layers, not unlike Two Door Cinema Club. The crowd was conquered, and upon an invitation from the band during the last song, the stage turned into one completely chaotic, spontaneous dance party! Radio Star took control of the stage with a strong presence and a possessed lead singer, Zack Buchanan, who had enough energy to make the stage lights seem dim in comparison. Playing a variety of vintage pop tunes, including the catchy new single ‘A Common Tale’, they got the crowd in the right mood to party on the eve of the long weekend. A cover of The Cure’s classic ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ suited the band’s sound and the mood of the night. They finished their set on a destructive and powerful last song, where all the members ended up on the floor, alongside most of the equipment on stage. There was a sense of satisfaction from the crowd as the band wandered off the stage. With their infectious and energetic pop songs, Radio Star is a band you should tune your ears to, because you will be hearing more from them! -Andrew Szollosi


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