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emma louise Live @ The Powerhouse

Indie folk princess emma louise played at Brisbane's Powerhouse on Saturday night, Brendon Rosolen was there as your eyes and ears into this intimate gig. Read on to find out what made it so special.

This was the first time I’d been to the Visy Theatre in the basement of The Brisbane Powerhouse, it surprised me just how small the space was. With around 200 seats enveloping the stage on three sides, the sold out crowd couldn’t have asked for anything more. For emma louise this was the last show on her current tour to launch her Full Hearts and Empty Rooms EP, and to finish up in front of her home crowd, in such an intimate setting, it was sure to be a special night for her and us.

Adding to my list of firsts was Charlie Mayfair, a Brisbane based 6-piece band, which got the crowd in the mood with an eclectic set of lush, guitar driven, pop-folk songs. Opening with Oh My Brother, it seemed like their sound was too big for the small room, but they settled in for Delicate Rain, the sound gelled and we heard what Charlie Mayfair were really capable of. Rolling drums, laid back guitars, and pitch perfect, beautifully layered harmonies make this band what they are, each song exploring a new facet of the band and giving the audience more to enjoy. Before I knew what was going on the band ditched most of their instruments and all came to the front of the stage. In what looked like a last minute decision, they performed an acoustic version of their song When I Get Home, those layered harmonies came into their own and if anyone in the crowd weren’t in sheer awe of this band, I would have been checking for a pulse. They continue their set with a brilliant cover of Architecture in Helsinki’s Heart it Races, their new single Tell Her, which they inform us is available as a free download on their website. I didn’t know about Charlie Mayfair until now and I won’t be forgetting them soon, either.

After a brief intermission emma louise and her band bounce onto the stage. It hasn’t been that long since I first saw her perform as the support for Boy & Bear. With that performance still fresh in my mind, and Charlie Mayfair setting the bar so high tonight, I am eager what Emma has to deliver tonight. Kicking off her set with No Response, a song about her brother’s move to the mines, my eagerness was rewarded with a flawless and heartbreaking performance. I imagine it would be an intimidating experience to step out into a room full of strangers and share some of your most intimate thoughts, but Emma proves that she is more than willing to bare her soul tonight. Your Morning Eyes is a song written about waiting for Cyclone Yasi to hit, her narrative is so visceral and alluring that it’s hard not to be taken away into the world she weaves in her words. Similarly, her song Temporary Friend, ostensibly about a loveless relationship of convenience, drags us into the reality of that kind of relationship. She finishes her set with the song that brought her all this attention tonight, Jungle, it hits home and the crowd show their appreciation as she leaves the stage, foot stamping and lots of cheering back up the applause. Slinking out into a lone spotlight, Emma appears for her encore, admitting to us she has always been afraid that one day she’d walk out and the crowd would be halfway out the door, I can’t see that ever happening to such a talented and amazing artist as emma louise. 1000 Sundowns, the story of her grandparent’s love and eventual loss, is the song she has chosen as her encore tonight. It’s a gripping song and a fitting end to the night. I stand by my assertions that emma louise is a premier talent in Australian music. I cannot wait until she releases a full album but for now I am happy that I was here to share this special show with 199 other lucky punters.


See emma louise as she supports Josh Pyke around the country in September.


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