LIVE REVIEW: Woodes – Black Bear Lodge

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Woodes is one of Australia’s most exciting emerging new acts. The Melbourne songstress has just released her second EP “The Golden Hour” which is an intimate collection of indie-pop tracks with big production, soothing vocals and a whole lot of heart. To celebrate the release she went on a East Coast Australian Tour which saw her closing the intimate run of dates in Brisbane at Black Bear Lodge.

The truth is that you’ve probably never heard of Eilish Gilligan but she is an artist you really should discover. The Triple J Unearthed favourite opened for Woodes by playing an exclusive acoustic set which showcased a bunch of her unreleased material. She has this natural aura around her which instantly captivates you and invites you into her unique storytelling world. She started her set with “Leaver” and Again” before a stripped down version of her Lorde “Homemade Dynamite” remix which was a finalist in Triple J ’s coveted Lorde remix competition. In between songs she was telling quirky and honest little excerpts about the songs which kept linking back to her friend Julia who she apparently writes about a lot. “Badlands” and past single “Creature Of Habit” were cute little moments before she closed her set with an acoustic rendition of new single “S.M.F.Y”. This emotional and absolute bop of a song has quickly become one of my favourite tracks of the year and you better expect to hear more of it as it continues to get more and more traction. One of the most impressive things about Eilish’s set was her raw and powerful vocals. She was able to captivate the whole room with only her voice and her piano. A real feat for any support act.

Taking to the stage in a flowing white two-piece the ethereal songstress kicked off the show with the dreamy “Rise”. She graciously thanked the crowd for coming along on their Saturday night and applauded their eager dancing and singing exclaiming that’s why she always loved playing in Brisbane. She quickly launched into old favourite “Bonfire” before playing “Hunger” and “Higher” from the new EP. In between the songs she was talking to the crowd about how these songs came to life and candidly explained how she left half of her outfit at the dry cleaners and had to swap clothes with a friend who was in the audience. She continued the show with “Daggers & Knives”, “The Thaw”, “Still So Young” and her Set Mo collaboration “I Belong Here”. The vibe was very euphoric and upbeat with her gracious storytelling holding your attention the whole time. She delicately moved across the stage and was intimately holding eye contact with people and sharing unique moments with the crowd. For “Northern Lights” she welcomed second support act Seavera to perform this festival ready track. She then treated the Brisbane crowd to an exclusive first live performance of her Triple J Like A Version which saw her reimagine Vance Joy’s “Lay It On Me” with her unique indie pop styling. Closing the show with “Run For It”, “Origami” and “Dots” she had the crowd enthusiastically singing and dancing along before saying good night. This intimate and special live show proved why she is one of Australia’s best up and coming acts and showcased her unique indie-pop in an honest and real way.

Photographed by; The Raveyard Photography / Blake Lewis

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