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Live Review: Bonjah + Bec Laughton @ The Zoo 10.10.14

Bonjah have been up and down and all around on their 'Beautiful Wild' Tour over the past few months, and after catching their set from afar at the Noosa Originals Festival, we were nothing short of stoked to be seeing them play their own headline show. We rocked up to the Zoo with the perfect TGIF attitude, set for a night of rock and roll and sweet, sweet tunes.  

When we arrived, Brisbane's own Bec Laughton was owning the stage and wowing the crowd with her soulful tones. Self proclaimed 'little lion lungs' has a presence that can fill even the biggest of rooms and in no time she had the crowd buzzing, despite not being able to dance because of a broken toe. After a fervent cover of everyone's favourite 'Bootylicious' that could put even Destiny's Child to shame and treating us to a mash up of a few of her favourite songs, like the Fresh Prince and Men in Black theme songs that sling shot us straight back into the 90's, Bec wound up her set. Leaving us wondering how she ever came to have such a spectacular voice and wanting more, more, more!

After a brief (but it felt oh so much longer) intermission the Bonjah boys took to the stage. A familiar country/western riff ripped through the crowd and 'Bullet In The Barrel' kicked off the set in style. The funk/soul fusion and dangerous tones captured the audience from the get go and had everyone dancing in no time. Taking it up a notch, 'Honey' showed us exactly why the 'Beautiful Wild' album is debatably the best album these guys have ever put out, with the fans absolutely lapping up every riff and beat of the drum.

There's not many things in life that make us weak at the knees, but being serenaded and slow dancing to 'Big City Lights' is one of them, so thankyou Bonjah for bringing that old school rock back to us! 

Other stand outs from the night include 'Blue Tone Black Heart', 'Evolution' and 'The White Line' which had us dancing and jiving like there was no tomorrow. Whilst 'Brother' and title track 'Beautiful Wild' took a more relaxed, stripped back approach which allowed for the perfect showcase of singer Glenn Mossop's stunning, raw vocals. It's not often a rock band is capable of evoking old school dance party vibes and tears from the strongest of men all within 5 minutes of each other, but Bonjah did exactly that. We were there, we saw it, we promise, it happened!

From their humble beginnings, playing on the streets and living off weet-bix and canned peaches to an extensive 4 month tour with fans all over the world, it's not hard to see why Bonjah are fast redefining what it means to be 'rock and roll' and becoming one of Australia's favourite acts with their unique blues/funk/rock fusion that we just can't seem to get enough of.

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