This weekend I went to my first Australian Music Fesitval, Groovin the Moo. The guiding shtick of this festival is to take over the fields of small town Australia and bring ‘local and imported produce’ to the people and our bovine friends.
I had a complete blast. Like the previously mentioned Alpine and Frightened Rabbit, the lineup featured some pretty fantastic acts, I got to enjoy some all time favourites and hear some fresh local Australian crop at the same time.
Let me share my day with you all!
Hungry Kids for Hungary
I arrived just in time to catch the last few tunes from Hungry Kids for Hungary, an indie rock band from Brisbane, Australia. Not too bad. They’ve got a similar sound to The Kooks… who we will get to later!
“Let You Down” by Hungry Kids of Hungary
Matt and Kim!!!!
Next I convinced my group of new friends that Matt and Kim were the act to see. “My entire opinion of you is resting on this band” they said. I was not at all worried. I had high expectations for a really fun and energetic set. What I was not expecting was to be blown away like no other live act has EVER blown me away before. MATT AND KIM ARE SENSATIONAL LIVE. Their energy does not falter from the moment they step on stage to the moment they leave. Kim’s mouth was stretched wide open for the entire set: laughing and smiling and screaming the lyrics- literally screaming I did not see a vocal mic near her, but I swear I could hear her. Matt was equally on fire.
Opening with “Block After Block” The pair thrived on stage and you could tell it is their absolute favourite place to be. It’s a great mark on a band who can come to another country (Brooklyn natives) where their music is not widely known, and rock an audience so hard. It helps that a) they’re freaking Matt and Kim where ‘fun’ doesn’t even begin to describe their exuberant tones. b) They’re freakin’ Matt and Kim where the drum line is just as important as the lyrics which make for easy rockin’. c) They’re freaking Matt and Kim where, when live, they start songs with commonly known party-pleasers like “Jump Around” and “Do You Think You’re Better Off Alone?” that had the crowd singing and bouncing all over the place. I also got to have my fan girl moment when a new friend offered to lift me up on his shoulders WHAAAAAA!? I shrieked their finale “Daylight” back at them at the end of an unbelievable set.
Kim makes me so happy!
An oldie, but a goodie:
“Daylight” by Matt and Kim
Next we shuffled over to see Seth Sentry, a rapper I had never heard of before. It seems however, that everyone around me most definitely had. It was really cool to go from Matt and Kim where I was in the minority of people yelling out the lyrics to a crowd of insta-rappers reciting the loquacious lines and rhymes of Mr. Sentry. As a Canadian, I know that a national music scene can exist alongside the US-centric market and it’s such a great thing to see homegrown music and fans doing the same in other countries.
“The Waitress Song” by Seth Sentry
Alright kiddies, you know my style: short and sweet. Y’all are just going to have to wait until next week for Moos and Grooves: Part Twos.
But here’s a sneak peak at some Temper Trap lovin’