Live at The Crown and Anchor, Adelaide SA, Friday 21st August 2015
In a packed out Crown and Anchor on Friday night, Electric Exiles put on an engaging performance celebrating the release of their new single, ‘A Dizzy Fashion’. It was an evening of tremendous songwriting and enthralling high-energy music.
Kicking off the evening was Mark Curtis in traditional acoustic fashion. Showcasing mostly intricate originals with a few memorable covers, it was a charming set that got everyone warmed up for the night ahead. A cover of ‘Thirteen’ by Big Star got the front man of Electric Exiles, John-Paul, onto the stage. Tasty harmonies and tender vocals ensued, and a crisp expressive take on an old classic.
Blasting onto the stage, Jungle City reminded me of their high energy original rock ‘n’ roll tunes. Right from the first words of ‘Suicide Shuffle’, the room was along for the ride. The set progressed with groovy drums and thumping bass lines. The old school feels were in full swing however when singer Brenton Wilson announced the band was going to play something new. Jungle City launched into a blues-rock number that had the Cranker hanging on every note. With thoughtful dynamics and a carefully composed guitar solo, Jungle City presented their mature songwriting in a consistently energetic performance.
As the Crown and Anchor started to fill up, Electric Exiles made their way onto the stage for what would be an outstanding show. Starting the set with ‘Loser Girl’, they mesmerized with their catchy melodies, jangly guitar and powerful sing-along hooks.
Each time I see Electric Exiles I am impressed by the band’s image. Dressed in paisley shirts, long-sleeved skivvies, denim jackets and blazers, it was a distinctive dress code harking back to a retro time. Interestingly, it does not take away from the music which graces your ears, it thoughtfully adds to the remarkable ‘60s and ‘70s garage-pop influenced tunes.
Further adding to the band’s overall image were the infectious stage antics of front man John-Paul. Dancing around and rockin’ out like a star, it was a pleasure to witness as he had everyone falling in love with him around the room. In keeping with the ’60s themes, I watched as John-Paul swung the microphone around like Rodger Daltrey of The Who. Along with Danny slapping the bass, Teon spanking the drums and Matt tickling the keys, all jumping around and getting into the music, it made for an unforgettable rock show.
The new single, ‘A Dizzy Fashion’, was smashed out making the audience go wild. “Na na na” was bellowed throughout the Cranker, as the drums, vocals, bass and guitar all played as one tight musical unit to form an extremely catchy intro. Having only heard the song a couple of times before, I was happily singing the melody all night long.
During the evening John-Paul announced that there would be an EP coming out soon. So to end the set Electric Exiles played what hopefully could be the next single off the EP, ‘Garden Maze’. The fresh tune got the audience dancing to the solid rhythms and singing along to the anthemic choruses. That is the beauty of Electric Exiles, having heard the song for the first time, anyone could sing along and feel included. Not many bands possess this unique songwriting technique, which make Electric Exiles distinctively exceptional.
The debut Electric Exiles EP is set to come out later this year, and judging by Friday night, it is going to be an important must-have EP. The whole evening was exciting, interesting and superb from beginning to end. Electric Exiles incorporate pop-rock songwriting magic into a one-of-a-kind live show that needs to be seen to be believed. So get out there and check out these breathtaking artists for the love of music.