Live: MALLRAT // The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Your girl Mallrat aka Grace Shaw took over The Corner Hotel for not one, not two, not even three but four sold out shows over three days in Melbourne.
Mallrat has been dominating stages all over Australia and on Sunday night we got to witness one of those extraordinary moments before our eyes. With the help of three support acts, yes three aka NYNE, Kota Banks and Basenji, it turned out to be quiet the Sunday night. And as you entered the iconic venue you could feel the excitement and buzz in the room begin to gather in anticipation of the woman of the night to appear. All three supports in their own right dominated at the stage and blew us away, showing us that Australia is harbouring some fierce live music talents right at home.
As the lights went low, a warming arrival was given to the artist as she appeared on stage, like she has done this a million times before. Mallrat opened her set with Tokyo Drift which allowed her to gage what kind of crowd was with her, and I feel like she wasn’t left disappointed. As she glided across the stage with her long locks she mustered up the glorious amount of energy the patrons were projecting back at her. Backing it up with For Real and the charming track Sunglasses. Her refreshingly relatable songwriting about life’s more mundane moments is what makes this rising artist so interesting and engaging. Inside Voices is the perfect example of this but also has a strong ability to make energy levels soar on a Sunday night.
She gifted us a cover of Bellyache by Billie Eilish to show us even more of her range and creativity as a profound artist. Then out of nowhere we didn’t even know where it could go from there, but Mallrat had a few tricks left up her flared sleeve. With help from fellow Aussie, Allday, the pair displayed their magic together for their killer track UFO. A standout moment, that we sure as hell didn’t see coming. It felt like things were just getting started but instead things were almost done.
It was defiantly bittersweet. There were some of her distinguished tracks yet to be played and you could hear whispers of punters anticipating their arrival. Groceries, Nobodies Home and of course Uninvited were the trio of tracks that ended the night’s proceedings and what a way to end the set. She continued to make the set feel intimate and diverse, that the sold out crowd had the time of their lives singing/yelling along to. Hanging on by her every word. It’s moments like those that make it a little easier going back to our ordinary lives and perhaps just that even better.
Photos: Liz Stephens