LIVE REVIEW – Dean Lewis – The Zoo
2017 has seen Dean Lewis secure himself as one of Australia’s hottest newcomers. His breakthrough single “Waves” scored him global recognition after featuring in episodes of hit TV shows Riverdale and Suits and has since opened major doors to allow him to tour the USA. Following the release of his debut EP “Same Kind Of Different” he has returned home to attend the Aria Awards and to kick off a massive headlining tour. Walking out on stage to a sold out Brisbane crowd at The Zoo he intimately began the show with an acoustic rendition of “Need You Now”. This perfectly captured the intimacy and vulnerability that would drive the show with his magical and smooth vocals. Throughout the show he was joined by a live band that brought these alternative pop-rock songs to life but they also left the stage a couple of times to allow him to tell these stories solely. With only just an EP released he did perform a lot of unreleased songs that are expected to be on his debut album which is slated for an early 2018 release. “For The Last Time”, “Time To Go”, “Under Your Love”, “Tumble” and “Be Alright” were some of the strongest new tracks. He impressively had the crowd in awe and captivated the whole time with these perfectly structured songs. “Seven Minutes” stood out with its vivid imagery that surrounded him breaking up with his girlfriend and hopping in an Uber and instantly regretting the decision he made and wanting to turn the car around but knowing he shouldn’t. The raw emotion shone through and that’s what I really enjoyed about his banter throughout the night. It was very honest and enhanced the whole experience. By the end of the show you felt like you knew him personally which was impressive within a sold out crowd. He also performed fan favourites “Chemicals” and “Let Go” from his EP as well as “Half A Man” which was the song that started it all. These created big sing-along moments but it was an acoustic rendition of “Waves” which stole the show as he stripped it back and dedicated it to a fan who passed away two days prior. This emotional and raw moment was very special and there wasn’t a dry eye in the whole crowd. Closing the show with “Lose My Mind” he left you with a giant smile on your face and raving about how insanely talented he is. This show proved that Dean Lewis is a name you don’t want to forget and will be someone you will continue to hear about more in 2018.