Thursday night down at The Aardvark was an incredible evening supporting the launch of Oceanique's new single, ‘Grandmothers Shelf’. We had a night full of powerhouse female singers performing such as Angie Colman, Stacey Ann and Greenpools.
First, to kick off the powerful night was singer/songwriter Angie Coleman with her strong, compelling voice. Angie’s lyrics are warm, soulful and charismatic. She gave us a sneak peak of her new EP Alma’, which drops on the 28th of this month and we cannot wait to download and add onto our playlists. As daunting as a one woman show sounds, Angie sure showed us how its done. She is definitely going to thrive through her new album as she continues to inspire those young female aspiring artists.
Next up we had Stacey Ann grace us with her captivating image and compelling voice. At a first glance she resembled Australia’s own Meg Mac, which also came through on her vocals. She opened up with some great tracks and once she began covering Florence and the Machines hit ‘Hunger’, we all were taken back by her deep warm voice which accompanied by pianist Cecilia with her soft back up vocals. Stacey Ann had us all wanting to start grooving about with her enthusiastic and energetic stage presence that drew the crowed in as well as the sincerity throughout her lyrics.
Next to hit the stage was a group of five incredibly talented artists — Green Pools. They are a uplifting indie-folk band comprising of Tessa with her outstanding shimmering vocals, guitarist Joe, Harry and Owen, with Kim on the drums. One thing that truely stands out to us with a band such as Greenpools is that their lyrics are straight from their own experiences that we all encounter throughout our day-to-day lives. 'Middle Eye' was their third song of the evening, released in the last year this song had you picturing yourself with a drink in hand on a Sunday afternoon watching the sun go down. Following was their song ‘Far’, dedicated to a previous real estate agent who incorrectly tried to have them pay for cleaning that was not necessary and I believe this is truely relatable to many listeners.
Finally we had Oceanique grace the stage to launch their new single, 'Grandmother’s shelf'.
The Larkman twins and their band showed us their raw musical talents and song writing abilities throughout their delightful set. The journey of growing up in the small town of Walpole and attending Denmark Agricultural College is expressed through a lot of their songs. This is especially apparent through the soft lyrics in ‘Grandmothers shelf’ which talks about the space that is always held in somewhere you called home and have moved on from, but in the end still knowing it will always be the upmost comfort.
Jess and Maddie showed us all just how talented they are throughout their entire set making the audience dance throughout each and every song.
When the girls performed their oldest, unforgettable and catchy song ‘Rewind’ as a indie folk duo, it brought smiles to the faces of everyone in the crowd. A personal favourite song ‘Five Hour Drive’ really hit home for those who grew up in the country. Their mesmerising performance bought the message through their lyrics just as they and all singer/songwriters hope for. Their emotional and charismatic performance during the song 'Find Me in the Rain’ made everyone see just how passionate these girls are about their music as it was expressing how much you give to someone who is unworthy of you.
When the group performed an amazing relatable version of their remarkable song ‘New’, as with every song, the audience remained captivated. The track is about the people who have previously been in your life and are trying to be apart of your new and evolved self, but you do not want them included. The girls portrayed this in such a smooth and sweet manner. It was clear to see how passionate they are with their music and how talented Jess, Maddie and their band truely are. We cant wait to see how far they’ll go with their music, and follow this long and fulfilling journey with them.
Review - Kirsty Putland