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Live Review: Meg Mac, Rainy Day Women @ Black Bear Lodge, 25.09.14

Not that I’m a stalker or anything… but if I could follow Meg Mac around and listen to her sing everyday, I would. She is that good.

To open the night, Perth four-piece Rainy Day Women treated us to some delightful, easy listening tunes. Emerging wearing a Jaws t-shirt aptly complimented by bare feet, the lead singer Dylan Ollivierre and his comrades treated the audience to an array of upbeat pop and slower indie tracks from their forthcoming debut album ‘Ain’t It Time?’ An impressive vocal performance complimented perfectly by an enthusiastic yet tight instrumental performance had the fairly large crowd lapping up Rainy Day Women’s sunny vibes, and strapping on their dancing shoes in spite of the rainy Brisbane weather.

Treating the audience to unquestionably one of the most breathtaking performances I have ever seen, I have no doubt that Meg Mac is well on her way to very big things.

Despite having only formally released five tracks, with her debut EP landing mid-September, Meg Mac performed an incredible hour-long set to the sold-out crowd at Black Bear Lodge. The performance included her EP in full, her Like A Version cover and some incredible new material. All of which was delivered with such intensity and precision that her entire body seemed to be taken over by the raw emotions of the music.

With this in mind, the moment each song ended she seemingly transformed into her quirky, bubbly self. At one point early on in the evening she told the story of how she had only painted one hand of nails, not deliberately, but because she had forgotten about the other. She then requested that we please not look at her hands. These adorable anecdotes were woven into the entire evening, winning over anyone in the audience who wasn’t already convinced that Meg Mac is one very special lady.

Long-standing fans were delighted when Meg Mac launched into her first single 'Known Better', singing along forcefully as she wowed with her vocal strength and ferocity. As the song drew near to closing the band, which included Meg’s sister Hannah on supporting vocals, carried on tantalizing the crowd for what seemed like an eternity before breaking into her latest single 'Grandmas Hand's'. The newly released track features some of the most impressive vocal work on the self-titled EP, building to the point where the crowd almost couldn’t handle it – but of course still wanted more.

Taking a step back from the powerhouse hits there was a brief intermission, which saw the band leave the stage as Meg told another story, this time about a lucky necklace she had lost. In place of her lucky necklace, she decided to write a song so that she would still be lucky. Flying solo, she used a loop station to loop and layer her vocals to create magical rhythms, melodies and harmonies. At this point we were the lucky ones.

The band rejoined her onstage for her last few songs, belting out 'Every Lie' followed by a more upbeat new track and her Like A Version cover of 'Bridges' by Broods. Bridges saw the audience transform into her backup vocalists as everyone in the audience sang along with conviction to her amazing interpretation of the track. This occurred to the point where she had to actually check that it was the crowd singing along and not Hannah singing out of turn. After a somewhat awe-struck celebration of the crowds singing prowess Meg Mac powered into her final song for the evening, 'Roll Up Your Sleeves'. It was amazing. As was every song. She had delivered an utterly flawless performance.

With a look of joy and gratitude smeared across her face, Meg Mac concluded the evening simply saying, “Thank-you so much and I really love your singing.”

No Meg Mac, thank you so much and we really, really love your singing. 

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