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Live Review: Josh Pyke @ the Tivoli, Brisbane 31.08.2013

Josh Pyke

The Tivoli is a gorgeous venue for gigs of any sort, but especially for those with acoustic guitars. The sound is always amazing and there are never too many or too few people.

The drapery of the old theatre sets the scene for the perfect storm of venues when it comes to going to a show in Brisbane. 

Saturday night kicked off with Olympia, a young girl sporting a Lady Gaga/Amanda Palmer-esque bob of short blonde hair, and big pouty lips that could belt out some beautiful lyrics. Olympia played solo, but her talent as a multi-instrumentalist supplicated the need for a band, giving a varied and poignant set smacking of Regina Spektor and the like. Silhouetted by the blue house lights, Olympia was a sight to behold. After her set she flitted about the crowd socializing, getting photos, networking and plugging her new music. 

Patrick James

Patrick James, Photo: Markus Ravik

After a brief intermission Patrick James and his band came out on stage. Patrick James has a uniquely coastal chill vibe crossed with some rootsy-folk. This resonated well with the crowd, tantalising them more for Josh Pyke. Patrick James channeled artists such as Boy and Bear, Lior and Bon Iver, with an ethereal set that was happy and melancholy all at once. A talented vocalist, Patrick switched between guitar, banjo and keys throughout the set. The keyboard seemed his strongest instrument and he dedicated a love song, solo, to his bassist whom recently got married, which was a great exemplar of his stellar voice and song-writing skills. A definite must-see on a solo tour. 

As Patrick James’ set wound down, I began to notice the lack of men in the audience. Not at all surprising, but amusing nonetheless. The few men that were in attendance lingered behind their partners or girlfriends, etc. and were even pushed towards the back of the venue the closer Josh Pyke got to coming on stage.

Pictures: Josh Pyke live at the Tivoli Brisbane

Josh Pyke

Patrick James, Photo: Markus Ravik

And boom, there he was, smiling his charming mother-could-love smile, swinging his acoustic guitar jovially as he marched out on stage. His new image, all black in a Johnny Cash type outfit might be to hide some of the paunch he’s put on being married, but he’s still a handsome and talented bloke.

As a performer, Josh Pyke was incredibly engaging, chatting to the audience throughout his set with a rapport unlike any I’ve seen in recent times. After he played Memories and Dust, I don’t think there were a dry set of panties in the house. Girls fought to wriggle in a little closer to their heartthrob, shooting dirty looks this way and that, all while faithfully singing along. 

The live sound was significantly darker in timbre than Pyke’s recorded material—a tip of the hat to his sound techs and live production team. This contributed to the dark and soulful, yet happy and heartbroken oeuvre Pyke gives off. Standout tracks included The Beginning and the End of Everything, Sew My Name, The Lighthouse Song and Beg Your Pardon.

Pyke wove the show as one would a story, between new and old material; the past and present, he did rely heavily on material from his new album, showcasing a little over half of it, but with a lengthy set, fans didn’t seem to mind as they heard everything they came to hear. As for the big finish, Pyke didn’t even bother leaving the stage, he broke the fourth wall, barely containing his glee at the encore, where he belted out Middle of the Hill. Guys, go out and get the missus a ticket to the few remaining shows, or at least throw in the new album for a Christmas present, it’s sure to do you some favours.

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