Live: CITY CALM DOWN // Electrowerkz, London
On the last night of the UK stretch of their European tour, Melbourne four piece played to a packed crowd at London’s Electrowerkz.
The ‘gritty warehouse’ venue was the setting for an equally gritty gig (but in a good way of course). The room was almost at full capacity when the band entered through the main door, walking through the crowd towards the stage. Squeezing their way through the masses, it was almost impossible to make them out with the room draped in thick hazy smoke and dimmed, dark lights.
Kicking off with the title track of their new album Television, a perfect choice. The upbeat 80s-esque opening track set the mood, was easy to follow and is a great gateway for those a little less familiar with their latest work. This was soon followed by easily their most successful song Rabbit Run.
As the room began to heat up so did the pace. Frontman Jack Bourke made sure to match the energy with his stage presence; combining the cool Aussie vibes with his style and grace. The set list provided a good mix of old, new and everything in between, something rather uncommon with an album tour. 2019 track Stuck (On the Eastern), indicated the midway mark. An upbeat anthem with a sound and energy similar to that of The Shins. The addition of a saxophone was an excellent touch too. The four piece were also joined by their touring members; their addition really filled out their sound and served their songs justice live.
Due to the pretty cramped (or should I say cozy) conditions on stage, there was no ceremonious encore. Instead, the evening came to a close with the 2019 track Visions of Graceland and the slightly earlier In This Modern Land.
The band have just announced an indefinite hiatus following the end of the Television Tour. For those lucky enough to catch them this time round, we’ll done. And for those who did not, hopefully this will not be the last of City Calm Down.
Photos: Milly McAlister