The loop pedal, these days, is often over-used, badly used and, if you like, badly over-used, but Matt Corby (above) showed how it should be done. His delicate layering of guitar and vocals created a textured atmosphere from which he build interestingly-structured, brooding compositions with the help of a three-piece band (including Bree Tranter from The Middle East). The Australian singer, seemingly bewildered to be playing to a sold-out room, belted out a bit of country rock and also delivered some really tender moments. If parts of the crowd hadn't been so fucking chatty, they might have actually heard some of it. Still it was their loss, as his performance was certainly worth paying attention to. He even gave out food from his rider, mid-set. Clearly, he is nothing if not a good host.
Before Corby, Tigertown's (below) ever-smiling members purveyed really enjoyable indie-pop in its purest form. In a time when pop music seems to revolve around vocoder vocals and nonsense lyrics, this local bunch are really refreshing in that they are a proper band delivering well-structured songs with sweet female vocals that are catchy as hell.
Another great night at Sydney's brilliant Oxford Art Factory then, with two fine acts humbly doing their thing and doing it very well. You're sure to be hearing more from both of them in the future. If you're listening, of course.
Words and pictures by Bobby Townsend.