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Live Review: Art of Sleeping + Jesse Davidson + Sunbeam Sound Machine @ The Triffid, 27.06.2015

2015 shall forth be known as the year of Art of Sleeping. If you didn’t know already, you do now – these guys are about to explode! With the release of their new single ‘Voodoo’, debut LP ‘Shake Shiver’ on the way and a spot on the Splendour bill, what better way to celebrate than heading on a national headline tour. Brisbane was the last stop of the Voodoo tour, and the hometown crowd was in for a treat.

Early comers were treated to the atmospheric sounds of Sunbeam Sound Machine. Their physch-pop sound is reminiscent of early Tame Impala days and proved to be a fitting opening act for the night.

Next up was Triple J Unearthed High alumnus, Jesse Davidson. Triple J hits, ‘Big Bois Gotta Eat’ and recent single ‘Laika’ caught the attention of the crowd as the room slowly filled. Haunting vocals and dreamy guitar were forefront and centre as Davidson demonstrated his worth as main support. The comical banter between tracks was amusing, with Davidson closing the set by pointing out his fly had been down the whole time - well done, Sir!

The room was packed with people eager to hear their favourite Art of Sleeping tracks, while also getting a taste of new material off their upcoming debut record. The lights dimmed and the crowd cheered as Art of Sleeping took to the stage. Opening with earworm ‘Empty Hands’, the Brisbane locals took no time getting into the swing of things. A variation of their latest single ‘Voodoo’ followed shortly after which was met with a huge response from the fans.

Photo: Cristina Jorgensen

New song ‘Jefferson’ has future single written all over it. The layered guitars, fast upbeat blues jam and a synth heavy outro combine for a masterpiece that is sure to be a hit. ‘Win Your Heart’ and ‘Burning Bright’ were other highlights from their new material.

As a collective, Art of Sleeping deliver an alluring performance, full of emotion and energy. The passion demonstrated by frontman Caleb Hodges is evident throughout the set. Despite their rising success, the band remains humble and extremely grateful for the support they have and continually thanked the crowd.

What’s special about Art of Sleeping’s performance is the combination of emotional outpour, fluid song transitions, epic jam outs and newly added synth driven sections. There is a whole lot of truth with this band; what you see is what you get.

Photo: Cristina Jorgensen

The set comprised of a carefully orchestrated mix; the transitions from hard-hitting, in your face rock, to more delicate, subtle and vocally layered moments showed their songwriting versatility. Closing with crowd favourite ‘Crazy’, the huge single delivered dirty guitars and impeccable falsetto vocals from Hodges. The band left the crowd wanting more.

Having played their recognised hits and a majority of their album, I wasn’t sure there would be an encore. But after a short wait, we were lucky enough to get an encore performance, and boy was it good! Returning to the stage with Sunbeam Sound Machine and Jesse Davidson, the crowd were treated to one last song for the night – a mesmerising cover of Frank Oceans, ‘Lost’; the perfect ending to an incredible performance.

With a majority of their set drawing upon material off their upcoming debut album, Shake Shiver, we were given an insight into what is going to be one of the best album releases of the year.

Thanks for the amazing night, Art of Sleeping. See you at Splendour!

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