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Live Review: Youth Group, Rolls Bayce, Machine Age @ Black Bear Lodge 04.07.15

Sydney four piece Youth Group has been hounded for most of their career with the tagline of ‘that band from The OC’. Whether that exposure is a blessing or a curse is yet to be decided but what’s for sure is that Youth Group is very well loved with the aid of Ryan and the gang from Orange County. Treating a loyal Black Bear room to their career defining album Skeleton Jar in full on Saturday the crowd could not have exuded more love for the boys.

Leading us into the night was the one man band sent straight from the year 2109 Machine Age (real name Adrian Mauro). A modest crowd accompanied Maruro through his short but impactful set which was a spectacle simply for the fact that Maruro was making all of the incredibly intricate musical layers by himself right in front of us. Recent single Chivalry went down a treat but what really got the audience riled was his futuristic take on Ginuwine’s classic ode to bump and grind Pony. With every guitar aided hip thrust Maruro went from simple producer to some kind of edgy Channing Tatum lapping up the feel of the crowd.

Machine Age, Photo: Nick Robertson

After leaving us all a bit hot under the collar Machine Age retreated behind the red curtain to make way for local trio Rolls Bayce. The amalgamation of several Brisbane bands Rolls Bayce sound is polished until it shines. Performing like there were in front of a crowd of thousands Rolls Bayce took us through their debut EP to great response. Triple J favourite Don’t Get Me Wrong made the most of lead singer Dean McGrath unique vocals and really lifted the whole set. However, it was On My Own that the crowd frothed over while making mini step movements towards the stage.Leaving the room for a moment I returned to Black Bear full to the brim with Youth Group megafans. The band appeared with little to no fuss with lead singer Toby Martin explaining that he might have to ‘Bob Dylan’ his way through a few songs thanks to sickness. The band wasted no time launching into Lillian Lies much to the thrill of the crowd. While you could see the discomfort in Martin’s face as he tried to nail the vocals the rest of the band was album perfect with just enough distortion to make you realise its live.

Rolls Bayce, Photo: Nick Robertson

Perhaps hoping for a brief reprieve Martin opened up the vocal position of fan favourite Baby Body to anyone brave enough to hop on stage. A young man who had been mouthing the words to every song jumped at the chance and his life was probably made by Martin welcoming him into the band for a short three minutes.

After some stellar triangle work on the delicate Why Don’t Buildings Cry? bassist Cameron Emerson-Elliott was treated to a rousing round of Happy Birthday from the beaming audience. While each song was performed to perfection what made this gig stand out was the absolute rapturous attention that the audience bestowed upon the band. Bright eyes beamed from all corners as the audience sung along louder than teenies at One Direction concert. You could really feel the love in the room.

Rounding off the end of Skeleton Jar the band was met with outrageous applause and Martin thanked the audience for being such a great crowd. That’s ok, you and your buddies put on one hell of a show. 

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