Courtney Barnett kicked off her Australia/NZ tour last night with her first ever show in Auckland at the Kings Arms. After all the world-beating this extremely talented Melbourne songwriter has been doing over the past 12 months it was no surprise that the place was heaving and packed to the brim.
Along with her regular touring members Bones Sloan on bass, and Dave Mudie on drums, she was accompanied by The Drones guitarist, Dan Luscombe. Putting it simply, it was an amazing gig. It highlighted the reason I love Australian and Melbourne music so much. Honest songs and a shit tonne of energy.
The room full of mostly Kiwi fans showed their appreciation for the songstresses’ live prowess as she played a raft of tracks from The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas and some newies as well. These quirky and heartfelt songs inhabit a much heavier space in the live setting and they’re all the better for it.
From the get go it was clear that Barnett and her band are an absolute powerhouse live. Her energy is never ending. Head banging, guitar waving, and plenty of smiles with the band to boot, proved just how much fun they were having along with the crowd.
A couple of new tracks happily got some air with the heavy ‘Nobody Cares If You Go To The Party’ being especially well received. An absolute highlight was ‘Anonymous Club’, with the band showed incredible dynamics that ebbed and flowed, and just exploded with energy to close out the eerie and ambient track.
Barnett came out for a two song encore, starting solo with the fucking brilliant ‘Depreston’, which will feature on her first LP. The band members graced the stage one more time to finish with ‘History Eraser’ and receive a well deserved barnstorming round of applause and gratitude.
There’s no question now that Barnett and her band are one of Australia’s best live bands, and the throng of Kiwi’s at the Kings Arms would gladly agree.
Check out photos from the gig through Under The Radar here.