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Live Review: 4ZZZ Presents Pleasant Valley Sunday @ The Triffid 23.08.15

There was a little confusion surrounding this 4ZZZ event on Sunday, with two Facebook events stating shows at the Triffid on the same day, at the same time. But it wasn’t a mistake, there were two events at the one venue, one outside in the beer garden, and the 4ZZZ Radiothon and 40th birthday event inside. The only problem was that everyone was outside and no-one was inside.

Despite the very poor turnout, all the bands did their best to make the most of the night. The first band up (or “sacrificed” as they said) was The Ninjas. The Brisbane five-piece brought the swinging indie rock vibes, playing in seemingly good spirits to an audience of about six people. The group were charismatic and proficient, with the vocals skidding across the jangly, high-energy guitar and tight drumming. There were definite surf-rock influences, particularly in their hit song about model Cara Delevingne, aptly called Cara Delevingne.

Next was Neighbour, a folk two-piece that usually performs as a three-piece, but had lost their drummer for the night. They did a great job filling in for Phoncurves, who unfortunately couldn’t make it to the event due to illness. You could easily be mistaken for thinking the two guys were normally a duo, they played effortlessly and tightly together, harmonising their vocals beautifully, and both hitting some very high notes. A guitar and a bass was all they had to accompany them and despite a couple of songs feeling a tad empty (where the drums would have come in) it still made for a powerful performance.

After them was Zefereli, the new solo project from Brisbane’s Alistar Richardson, current member of the The Cairos. Richardson’s melancholy vocals filled the room as he delivered a set of his whimsical and atmospheric alt-pop. His strength lies in his melodic guitar refrains, which seemed to put you in a trance, soothed further by his voice. Richardson has been working on his solo project while The Cairos write their new album, the follow up to ‘Dream of Reason’ from 2014. Richardson as Zefereli has an incredibly cool demeanour, he clearly knows what he’s doing, and we hope to see more from his solo project in the future.     

After him were Brisbane indie-pop darlings Tempura Nights, made up of a who’s who of Brisbane musicians. With members from Major Leagues, Go Violets, and The Good Sports, it’s no wonder they were giving some Major Leagues vibes with their set, considering they share a drummer. Tempura Nights have a bit more bite than Major Leagues though, there’s a bit more grunge thrown into the mix. The lead vocals from Alice Rezende have that 90’s apathetic tone, and hits like Mr Tone are reminiscent of long, unwashed hair and a whole lot of plaid. They know how to write a good song though, with some great guitar fuzz and tight drumming.

To round out the night was headliners Mosman Alder, the Brisbane six-piece currently making a name for themselves with their smash hit Try Your Luck. The band had a really nice dynamic as they took to the stage, and that continued throughout their set. The beautiful vocals from the two lead singers Valdis Valodze and Jackson Muir created an almost magical atmosphere, and the light alternative pop had a feel-good quality to it. There were elements of folk pop thrown in, and times of sparse instrumentalism that seemed to heighten the tension in the room. They finished off the night with a dreamlike and very tight set, filling the room with their heady sound.     

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