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Live Review: Ash Grunwald, Hein Cooper, Sahara Beck @ The Triffid 19.06.15

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Friday wasn’t your average night in the Valley. It was a night of firsts, discoveries and big voices.
The Triffid played host to a line up that made this reviewer fall in love with Australian music all over again. This was the first show for Ash Grunwald at the Triffid but definitely not the last. The Triffid was made for acts like the ones that took the stage on Friday.

 The night began with Sahara Beck, a girl with a big voice and a mesmerising stage presence. There was nothing flashy about the performance, just a musician on a stage bearing her soul, but you couldn’t take your eyes off her. It's pretty easy to pick a talented performer. They're everywhere, but only every now and then do you come across one that sings with all their being. Sahara Beck sings happy melodies with ease and they are oh so lovely to listen to, because you don’t know what your missing, that’s until the song builds. Man has that girl got some pipes! 

Usually Ash tours with acoustic folk/roots acts, instead for this show opting for a tall, beanie clad Copper. Sydney boy Hein Cooper took the stage with a guitar and a sound pad. It’s at this time that most people head to the bar to get a few drinks in before the main act. If that was you, you missed out. Hein Cooper mixed intricate guitar riffs with soft electronic percussions to create a sound that lingered in the Triffid. His echoing vocals have a Matt Corby air about them, and featured heavily in his track The art of Escape. Luna Sky was another hauntingly beautiful track that had the front row swooning. If Friday night was anything to go by Cooper's songs will be gracing the airways on regular rotation soon enough.

Already intimately acquainted with the musical catalogue of Ash Grunwald, it was sure to be an enjoyable set. New single River was worth the wait, a fantastic song on the radio that has a much bigger sound when played live. Ash is nothing if not a fantastic live performer and brings his songs to life when performing to a crowd. This was the first show in quite a while that Grunwald has played without Scott and Andy from the Living End featured on drums and bass. His songs have a real depth with a band playing them but it would be nice to see Ash build his songs from scratch, live with his peddle board again. 

Long time favourite Break Out always gets the crowd going and the introduction of some back up singers to the stage, raises the energy once more. A notable addition to Ash Grunwald's band lineup is Ian Peres. Formerly bassist and keyboardist for Australia's very own Wolfmother, Perez brings a new synth driven layer to Ash's well known sound. A stand out track on the night was Mojo, featured on Ash's latest album it's a funky tune that had everyone bumping and  grooving. Ash was having a great time on stage, loving the vibe at the Triffid and the talent of the musicians he picked to support him. With one more cheer from the crowd Ash gets Beck and Cooper back onstage for a jam to Bill Withers, Ain’t no sunshine. It’s really refreshing to end a night on a collaborative note like this.

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