Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Live Review: Oh Mercy, Gossling, ANU Bar, Canberra, 06/04/2011

Back at the ANU Bar for another night of live Australian music - tonight, Gossling and Oh Mercy.

First up Gossling: playing solo, the Melbourne songstress with the muppet-esque voice had some good moments (a Snoop Dogg joke, and set closer I Was Young) but largely struggled to capture the attention of small talkative audience.

Oh Mercy's latest album Great Barrier Grief has been getting great reviews and a lot of radio play, naturally I was looking forward to hearing the songs live. The headliners started well, opening song Keith St had everyone singing along as they rushed from the bar back while Confessions kept toes tapping.

For the most part though, the show was a little flat - the songs were nice enough and the band seemed entirely likeable, but the room lacked any real energy. It was only when Gossling returned to stage to play keyboards on Lenard Cohen cover Memories that the show really came to life, sadly Memories was the last song of the night.

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