LIVE REVIEW: Hein Cooper – Black Bear Lodge

Over the years, Hein Cooper has melodically grown his indie-folk-pop into the cinematic form that inhabits his recently released sophomore album ‘Underneath It All’. After basing himself in Montreal for a little while, Cooper has returned home to Australia for a big run of headline shows. But this time around, there is one major difference in his live show. Instead of just him on stage playing acoustic guitar, he has a band. Except this band is a little different too. His band is himself. Using live looping to grow and thicken his sound, he creates these big melodies that his album showcased. 

“Hello, hello, hello” Cooper said as he took to the Black Bear Lodge stage in Brisbane. Opening with the highly cinematic ‘Hijack’, the crowd were instantly drawn into this new sonical world.  Humbly welcoming the Friday night crowd to the show he thanked them for taking time out of their night to be apart of this experience with him. Introducing the set up of his live looping, he immediately dived into album favourites ‘Hear My Voice’, ‘Drive’, ‘Fear Of Missing Out’, ‘Wolfe’ and ‘Invincible’. 

Recognising that there are some long-term fans out in the crowd he played ‘The Real’ and ‘Rusty’ and even performed the last chorus of ‘Rusty’ in French which deservingly shocked and impressed. But not only is he a super talented musician, he is also quite funny and charming. He explained that after touring and living overseas, he has realised after coming home that he is still just a Bogan from the northern coast of NSW. 

Diving back into the new album tracks he played ‘Anywhere’ and ‘Peculiar’ before thanking the crowd again for coming out on their Friday night to see him. “You guys have been so wonderful tonight. We drove from Sydney and Canberra to be with you and let me just say, it was definitely worth the drive”. 

Closing out the show with his Triple J Like A Version cover of The Fear by Lily Allen and the singalong favourite ‘Like That’, he left the Brisbane crowd in high spirits. His live show was very warm and enjoyable with an intimate feeling that made it even more enjoyable. 

Check out the full gallery captured by Kirsten Roe Photography HERE;

Photos by Kirsten Roe 

Hein Cooper Australian Tour

Saturday 17 August – Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff

Friday 23 August – Mojo’s, Fremantle

Saturday 24 August – Prince Of Wales, Bunbury

Sunday 25 August – Clancy’s Fish Pub, Dunsborough

Thursday 29 August – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide

Friday 30 August – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne

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