Securing a venue for an all ages gig is already a tough feat in Australia and liquor licenses force these shows to happen at the most inconvenient times. Sadly Runaway Weekends debut headline show on their “Deja Vu Tour” was majorly affected by this. With a door time of 1pm on a Sunday afternoon I think it’s no real surprise that the numbers were disturbingly low. And when the venue gets downsized to inside their conjoining record store that’s when you can start getting worried. While the venue interior was very cool and felt like you were inside someones lounge room it just wasn’t near the vibe this show needed and when you walked in you could already sense the awkward-ness.
However Sydney pop-rock trio Set In Motion didn’t allow this to affect them. Taking to the stage with true showmanship lead vocalist Callum Baker asked the crowd to stand up, have a dance and just enjoy themselves. Powering through a 20 minute set the band showcased infectious unreleased original tracks like “Goodbye Girl” and “Every Single Moment” as well as their singles “Kids Of The Weekend” and “Summer Love”. A highlight of their set was a cover of DNCE’s ridiculously catchy “Cake By The Ocean” which showcased Baker’s engaging charisma and stage presence. While the vibe of the show may have been awkward they still delivered an entertaining set full of professionalism which is commendable.
Runaway Weekend have just released their debut EP and it’s a impressive collection of moody indie-pop/rock and while they planned to kick off this tour with a tight-production show what they gave was a very unique intimate set. Adapting to the venue they chilled their vibes out and gave a mixture of covers, new songs and some throwback pre-EP material. Opening with title track “Deja Vu” it was quickly established that these guys are a tight unit with the way they cruised through the set with minimal technical issues and awkwardness being their debut headline show. “Not Myself”, “Mister Mister” and “City Lights” were early on crowd favourites but it was show closer “Youngblood” which had the audience bopping along hard. They played three very predictable covers (“Are You Mine” – Arctic Monkeys, “Wonderwall” – Oasis and “Sex” – The 1975) but the way they delivered these songs made you forget just how cliche they were. Runaway Weekend are a band worth discovering and once you listen to their EP you are going to regret not braving your Sunday morning hangover and witnessing this super intimate gig.