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Live: METHYL ETHEL // Melbourne, The Croxton Bandroom

Methyl Ethel have embarked on Australian tour.

It was a steamy night last Thursday in Thornbury. Not only because it was 30 degrees at 9pm but Methyl Ethel were at The Croxton Bandroom kicking off the first night of their Australian tour.

To start off the nights proceedings, the Perth band began with their appropriate tune, Drink Wine. No need for encouragement in that room, the sharp drums and sleazy bass hypnotised the audience and reaffirmed to us all why the venue was sold out. As they continued to play from their Everything Is Forgotten 2017 release with No 28 and Groundswell, expressive synths and singer Jake Webb’s vocals soared and filled the dark space effortlessly.

“This is a song called Rogues. This is the song for your city (Melbourne), because you were the guys that like it first”, Webb explained. As the nostalgic guitars rolled in, the crowd responded with cheers of appreciation for the shout out. Flashing lights kept up with the flourishing pace, creating magic of its own.

As Weeds Through The Rind initiated the vibes in the room to prosper, the crowd got amongst it even more. Uncontrollable dancing dispersed throughout and rightly so. Plucking guitars and contagious drums set the pace and silky keys put the cherry on the cake. And it was at that time that sweat levels were starting to rise, maybe too much information.

Always diverse, they even tried to mix things up in the live format. “I tried to get some 90’s grunge on that. Well I tried”, Webb confessed. Mastering euphoric pop songs like Femme Maison, allowed the crowd to sing together and clap along with drums in unison. It’s when moments like that in a set that turn a good show into a great one. When the band and crowd unite and make an impact together.

The guys continued to create a tranquil and transfixing performance even as the set started to come to an end. “We’ve got three more songs to go and we’re out of here”, they announced. Harbouring all of the energy they had into their biggest tracks.

Twilight Driving started and the crowd exploded. Intricate guitars and patient bass hazed over then erupted into the catchy chorus and another choir like performance from the audience. L’Heaure Des Sorcieres and its racing drums led into the all-consuming build up to the monumental moments of sprawling guitars and soundscape creating vocals.

Ubu the last track of the night had them finish the night off with style. Bouncing bass lifted everyone’s feet and swayed every set of shoulders in the room. The thriving chorus hard not to admire. And like that, it was over. “Adios Amigos. Catch you next time”, they said. And as they exited the stage the guy next to me depicted the performance of the show perfectly. “That was freaking unbelievable!” he yelled.

Photos: Liz Stephens