Photography - Mark Francesca, Six Strings Photography
How does a two-month national tour during a global pandemic affect a touring band? Great Gable finished their massive tour of the country Saturday night at Freo.Social. The cold and wet weather did little to keep their fans from seeing the band return home with a stellar line up.
After a small technical delay, Smol Fish were the first to take the stage. From the opening vocal harmonies of 'Sunnier' the crowd was engaged. The combination of heartfelt and personal lyrics over catchy, upbeat chords can’t help but make you sway along and enjoy Smols Fish’s music. The Fremantle crowd could be heard singing along to the mid set inclusion of 'Like a Lemon' which is the band’s latest single. This Indie Pop quartet had a unique stage presence, and I was transported elsewhere with their angelica harmonies. At times quirky, Smol Fish’s performance was one hundred percent honest and extremely enjoyable.
Up next was Perth’s very own super group Supathick. Made up of members from acclaimed bands Demon Days, Wooly Mammoth and Almond Soy, this band has a positively complex sound. A flurry of funk garnished with disco and soul, Supathick’s sound can’t help but get butts off seats and onto a dancefloor. Within seconds every punter was up and dancing to the textured treats on offer. 'Time' a neo-soul infused gem layered with the soulful voice of Keely Brittain, was one of my highlights of the set. '100 Miles' was another track that sounded amazing live. Every Supathick song has a diverse sound but one that is uniquely their own. I can’t wait see who these talented musicians collaborate with in the future.
The wait was over as the headline band Great Gable took to the stage. So how has this massive tour effected the band? From the start of the opening track 'Blur' you could see just how tight and polished this tour has made them. Sounding as good as I’ve ever heard them, I couldn’t help but be even more impressed with the boys from Bunbury. Moving seamlessly into the title track of their 2020 album 'Trading Faces' you could see that they had the crowd fully immersed.
What’s the best way to reward your loyal fanbase? Drop an unreleased new track 'Hazey' on them. I’m not going to describe the sound of either of the new tracks as I don’t want to take away from anyone’s first experience of the songs. All I will say is both tracks will make a nice addition if they are added to the Great Gable catalogue. Later in the set, another new song 'Another Day' was also played.
The melodic lead guitar beautifully corralled the crowd into 'Early Morning' and kept them there as the band showcased songs from The GG EP, Modern Interactions and The Lazy Bones EP.
A nice inclusion in the set was a cover of David Bowie’s 'Let’s Dance' which transitioned beautifully into the final song of the set 'All Day Long'.
After a moment off stage the boys returned to the chants of “One More!”, “Drift!” and started the encore, it was met with a rapture of applause. Great Gable finished the night off with the fan favourite 'All My Friends' which had the entire venue singing along.
So, to answer my earlier question: this massive tour has done nothing but taken Great Gable from strength to strength. By the sound of the two new songs the boys are also in for a big 2022!
Reviewer - Mark Francesca