Over the past year I have called both Yorke and Jack Gray two of Australia’s must watch newcomers with their emotionally charged and infectious alt-pop songs. So it seemed fitting for Yorke to join Jack Gray on his first national headline run of dates. With all three shows selling out, the two newcomers got to prove why they are creating quite the buzz locally with these intimate showcases.
Finding a confidence within her vulnerability, Yorke kicked off her first ever Brisbane show with the unreleased ‘Promise’. Thanking the crowd for coming out early to see her, she performed her debut single ‘First Light’ which holds a euphoric touch to it’s reflective and emotional delivery. Getting everyone dancing to ‘Never Let You Go’ she then got them singing with a cover of Lana Del Rey’s ‘Summertime Sadness’ which heard her falsetto flawlessly on point. Stripping things back for the unreleased ‘Don’t Let The Lights Go Out’ she captured everyone’s hearts with the beautiful melancholic song. “We roll the dice cause everybody says it’s paradise”. Closing her set with recent singles ‘Wake The City’ and ‘Thought I Could’ she highlighted her growth as an artist with these cinematic influenced songs.
Jack Gray is a star ready to break into orbit and these intimate shows were a rare opportunity to see him in this setting before he continues to blow up globally. Opening the set with the unreleased ‘Friends Like These’ he swiftly dived into the upbeat recent singles ‘Drunk Talk’ and ‘My Hands’ which had the audience ecstatically singing along.
With only one EP out in the world, it meant that some of this live set featured unreleased songs which the crowd didn’t seem to mind. ‘Chasing Stability’ was a strong standout with it’s vivid storytelling which perfectly glided into the vulnerable ‘Bullet’ that reflected on growing up in Mackay with a high suicide rate. ‘Take Our Time’, ‘Down Side Of Up’ and ‘Fools’ continued the singalong’s before he surprised everyone with a cover of ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’. Thanking the crowd for spending this intimate and special show with him he closed the set with the unreleased ‘Rebel Heart’ which shows a strong promise for the future of his music.
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