Walking into a near-empty Annandale I felt empathy for the two support acts who were warming up the stage (and the curious, few punters). It was apparent that the majority of the punters were here only to see Expatriate. Pity that because the two supports were surprisingly entertaining and were greeted warmly by the small few.
The first act was The Hate Game (or formerly known as The Vendettas) and immediately comparisons to Pretty Girls Make Graves were evident in both sound and performance. They are definitely an exciting band to watch.
Following The Hate Game was a short set from Sydney trio, Kiosk. Having seen these rockers before, they have developed their performance into an energy-filled set, disguising any ineptitude for technical ability.
However the night certainly belonged to Sydney lads, Expatriate. As the crowd grew, so did the anticipation. Their set was composed of (I think) all songs from both EPs and hence no encore to cap off their set. With limited material they sounded charged and raring for their series of upcoming shows. Songs from their first EP, Lovers le Strange were popular with the crowd who also received newer tracks with excitement and elation. The fedora-capped Ben King provided on (and off)-stage antics that entertained the crowd til the very last song. The first time I heard Lovers le Strange I couldn’t wait for their debut album. Now that they’ve released another EP, Play a Part, I’m even more excited for their debut release.
The rest of the photos are here.
Howdy to a bunch of cool kids I met last night – Geoff, Karina, Deo and two of Bryce’s friends whose names escape me at the moment.
It annoys me when punters don’t watch support bands, no matter how uneducated they might be about them.
I’ve come to the conclusion that the Annandale Hotel is ALWAYS excessively loud.