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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Angus and Julia Stone at The Metro, Sydney



ANGUS & JULIA STONE
The Metro, Sydney
27/03/10

It's nice to be right. I've been championing Angus and Julia Stone since the early days, so it's especially pleasing to hear news that their second record, Down The Way, has kept that largely rubbish Lady GaGa release from the top of the Australian album charts for the last two weeks.

What better way to celebrate your record going gold, than by playing three sold-out shows over two days in your home city? Following Friday night's gig, the siblings played a matinee performance to an under-age audience on Saturday afternoon. Cue a Beatlemania-esque frenzy from the crowd as fourteen-year-old girls took time out from screaming every word of every song to yell requests of impregnation to Angus. If it was all a bit much for the shy, unassuming Mr Stone, then the evening was happily a more chilled-out affair.



Before a subtly-lit backdrop which was decked out like a living room, the duo took turns in playing compositions from their new LP, along with a few classics and a couple of covers. After disposing of recent single, And The Boys, early on, Julia - looking hippily pretty in a floral dress - offered songs of love and melancholy: I'm Not Yours being the unhappy sequel to I'm Yours, while oldie Chocolates and Cigarettes sounded as touching as ever. Angus, hiding - as always -behind beard and hat wooed the crowd with his sweet ditties, while showing a different edge to his songwriting with Draw Your Swords, a taut love song that strains to breaking point.

After being joined onstage by support band Boy & Bear for a cover of Fleetwood Mac's Rain, the brother and sister ended with the wistful Santa Monica Dream. After a few more dates in Australia, the US and the UK beckon. The sheer strength of their new album alongside their ever-growing confidence in the live arena suggests the wave of success they are riding will not be confined to their home country.