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Gig Review: The Holidays, The Cairos, GOVS @ The Zoo 07.03.14

Hot off the release of their sophomore album Reel Feel Sydney boys The Holidays made the journey back to The Zoo on Friday night and like an extended sunbake on a tropical island, they were a damn good time.

 Not being aware of who the opening acts were for this particular night a squeal of excitement escaped me as it was revealed that Gold Coast band GOVS and Brisbane legends The Cairos would be starting off this evening entertainment.

Reppen’ it GC style, GOVs kicked us off with their unique alt rock tunes. While sounding extremely polished and connected as a whole GOVS unfortunately played to a crowd no bigger than a dozen people. It really was a shame that their talent wasn’t widely received but hopefully they will return to The Zoo soon to headline their own show.

The Cairos have been finely honing their art around Brisbane for a couple years now and they were completely on point on Friday night. Treating the audience to a range of their songs, including latest single Desire, lead singer Alistar Richardson was the picture of good manners constantly thanking The Holidays for having them.

A sing-a-long to hit Shame was led by what seemed to be the bands parents (what else expected from a hometown gig?) cemented the song as one of the most underappreciated local rock songs in the last couple of years. Every time I see these guys they just keep getting better and more evolved as a band and there seems to be no stopping any time soon.

The Holidays took the stage, said a simple hello and then launched into a plethora of tunes off their new album Reel Feel. After a few ear tweaking mic feedbacks the band jumped into the latest single off the album, All Time High. A sprawling tune with a galloping drumline and soaring melody, All Time High just makes you wish you had a bike to ride around an urban jungle.

Moving onto one of their first releases Moonlight Hours The Holidays got the already pumped crowd even more amped up and was a treat to hear just a really solid pop-rock song that had obviously been perfected by the band over the years.

With the set light on stage banter it gave the band more time to sail through a good chunk of their first album Post Paradise and as well as showcasing what gems Reel Feel has to offer.

Future single Home lit up the tail of the set with percussion detail that can only be described as tropical.

The Holidays have worked hard over the years to establish themselves in the Australian music scene and it was clear what was on that stage on Friday, a band enjoying the crowd enjoying them.

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