After taking a forced hiatus in the middle of their inclining trajectory in 2016 because of worrying health reasons, Boy & Bear are officially back. With the release of their fourth studio album ‘Suck On Light’ slated for a September 27 release and to celebrate the impact of their recent single ‘Hold Your Nerve’, the Sydney five piece have hit the road for some massive comeback shows.
Kicking off this homecoming run in Brisbane with a sold out night at The Tivoli, the crowd excitingly welcomed the band back into the spotlight with open arms. Walking onstage into moody lighting as the warm introduction synths of ‘Old Town Blues’ warmed the crowd up, they dived straight into a massive jam session of ‘Milk And Sticks’ and 3 Headed Woman’.
‘It feels really good to be back on stage” lead singer Dave Hosking graciously admits as the crowd applauded and screamed in excitement. With a three year gap in between shows, they wanted this show to be all about the fans by making it a setlist they loved and creating the most intimate vibes in these well established theatres as possible.’Bridges’, ‘Rabbit Song, Harlequin Dream’ and Part Time Dreamer’
One way they did this was bring all the members of the band to the front of this stage. So, drummer Tim Hart was at the front right of the stage which is very uncommon for drummers but a very cool concept. The second row of musicians were elevated so they were just as visually accessible as Hosking, Hart and Killian Gavin in the front row.
With the new album only a month away, the band wanted to prepare a couple of new songs like the beat driven ‘Work Of Art’ which layers the indie folk production with distorted vocals as well as the hopeful title track ‘Suck On Light’ which is future single worthy. But they didn’t forget the hits and fan favourites with tracks like ‘Big Man’, Hold Your Nerve’, ‘Feeding Line’ and ‘Walk The Wire’. With the show reaching an end the band abruptly left the stage before they came back for ‘Limit Of Love’ and ‘Southern Sun’.
This show was the great ‘welcome home” for Boy & Bear that they deserved. Delivering low key indie-folk vibes throughout the whole night, it was hard to not immerse yourself into the chilled out momentum.
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Boy & Bear Australian Tour
Friday 16 August – Forum, Melbourne
Saturday 17 August – Enmore, Sydney
Friday 23 August – Astor, Perth