half•alive are a band that have made their global impact from embracing the unexpected. They’ve never been one to follow trends, instead they make them. With the breakthrough success of their mammoth single ‘still feel.’ they’ve catapulted into pop culture with their vibrant and experimental music videos and catchy hooks that you aren’t likely to hear on mainstream radio, and that’s okay.
With their debut album ‘Now, Not Yet’ released last week, the Californian trio kicked off their world tour Down Under. With Brisbane being their final stop in Australia, they were ready to give the excited crowd that were packing into The Zoo, a night that they wouldn’t forget.
With the houselights dimming, lead singer Josh Taylor walked onto the stage with two dancers as the opening angsty breakdown of ‘ok.ok?’ had the crowd screaming with excitement. Performing a dance routine to the first two verses of the song, the dancers then left the stage as Taylor grabbed his guitar for the remaining verse. With the rest of the band joining him on stage for ‘Runaway’, he then took to the piano for the anthemic ‘The Fall’.
“How’s everyone doing? Thank you so much for coming tonight to our last show in Australia!” Taylor exclaimed. There wasn’t many times that they did stop to talk to the crowd, but that was okay because their focus was on the music and the innovative visuals that helped tell the stories of these songs.
The whole show was littered with unique and cool dance sequences that gave the show a whole different energy. You were constantly waiting to see what they would do next and it was a cool way of experiencing the “unexpected” that they’ve injected in their brand into the live spectrum.
‘Maybe’, ‘TrusT, Tip Toes, Arrow’ and the playful new single ‘Pure Gold’ were all standouts in their own way but the massive singalong that erupted during ‘still feel.’ was something else entirely. But the fans in attendance knew the lyrics to all the songs, so even tracks like ‘BREAKFAST’, ‘ice cold.’ and closing track ‘Aawake At Night’ felt special.
half•alive are a band you need to witness live. The amount of thought and precision that goes into the execution of their 50 minute set is impressive. Throughout the whole show you were captivated by all of the unexpected moments which made this show one of the best live gigs I’ve ever seen.
Having previously seen Lorde and Twenty One Pilots play the exact same venue in the early stages of their career, I hope half•alive follow their trajectory and get to play bigger shows with bigger stages and share their unique and vivid vision.