LIVE REVIEW: Cry Club – The Zoo

2019 was a big year for Cry Club but something tells me 2020 is going to be an even bigger one for the glittery punk-pop-rock duo.

After showcasing to rave reviews at BIGSOUND 2019 to releasing their diverse and bold singles ‘DFTM’, ‘Two Hearts’ and Robert Smith’, to also being named the #1 most played artist on Triple J Unearthed in 2019, there is a lot of expectation now riding on them. But they’ve kicked off the year with their first headline tour of the country which has seen them play to packed rooms full of euphoric energy. 

Rolling into Brisbane to headline the Spill City event at The Zoo on a rainy Saturday night, the Melbourne duo were ready to bring the energy and the heat to the stage. 

Before kicking off their set, lead singer Heather Riley took a moment to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land and pay their respect to the elders before opening with their debut single ‘Walk Away’. 

Excitingly thanking the crowd for coming out to see them and being apart of their first ever headlining tour, they didn’t hold back from giving high octane energy with a whole lot of jumping and interpretive dance moves that added to the full aesthetic of the show. 

With only four songs officially out, they performed a lot of unreleased tracks that highlighted their continuous growth within their songwriting and catchy melodies.

‘One Step’, ‘Nine Of Swords’ and ‘Witch Hunt’ kept the energy high and had the crowd captivated by thought invoking lyrics like “stop pretending the world is ending just because I like her” which Heather describes was written about being gay in an all girls school. 

However it was ‘Don’t Go’ and ‘Dissolve’ which really stood out and made me immediately want to hear studio versions. But they did also premiere their new single ‘Obvious’ which has a really strong hook and will be released very soon. 

‘DFTM’ ignited the big singalong’s of the night while ‘Robert Smith’ saw the pit opening up and Heather jumped in to get up close and personal with everyone.

Keeping the contagious energy flowing, they dedicated a cover of Robyn’s ‘Dancing On My Own’ to the gays in the crowd before WAAX’s lead singer Maz DeVita surprised everyone and joined them on stage for a cheeky little singalong. 

Closing the show with the shiny ‘Two Hearts’, confetti filled the stage while Heather and Jonathon twirled around in the final falling pieces of glitter before saying goodnight to the energetic crowd. 

Spill City is a collaborative event which sees bands/musicians coming together with local artists and creatives to provide a night of immersive art. Cry Club were ultimately the perfect headliners for this as they embody the core sentiments of what makes this event so unique and important. And with their status already on the rise, they proved with their explosive set why they will soon be one of the most talked about Australian live acts on a even larger scale. 

Cry Club Australian Tour

Friday 28 February – Transit Bar, Canberra

Sunday 8 March – Big Gay Day, Brisbane *festival appearance* 

Saturday 14 March – Brunswick Mechanics Institute *Single Launch*

Friday 21 March – U’Ball 2020 – Uni Bar, Adelaide