Last Dinosaurs & Vacations
with Eliza McLamb
Vacations – 10:30pm
Last Dinosaurs – 9:00pm
Eliza McLamb – 7:30pm
Doors – 6:30pm
*Set times are approximate and subject to change without notice.
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It’s a mild Saturday night in early December, Vacations have made the long trip down south to Melbourne and are just about to hit the stage at the hip Brunswick band room Howler.
You’d expect a band that has clocked up close to ten million streams in 2019 alone – not to mention attracting rave reviews and serious fan love from far flung corners of the globe – should be playing sold out shows at home. But this isn’t a headline set for the Newcastle quartet. Rather a warm-up first on, and starts to only a handful of fans in the know. A fact perhaps indicative of the insular nature of the Australian live scene, that a band creating such major waves internationally are only now, very slowly being recognised at home.
On stage it’s easy to see why Vacations have been connecting overseas. The band tear through a sharp 30 min set of guitar driven indie pop gems on which Burns’ sonorous voice rides confidently high in the mix. Gleaming hooks scythe through the steadily building collection of bright young hipsters, gouging furrows in which Vacations sow keening sonic larvae that will later...
About Eliza McLamb
Listening to Eliza McLamb lilt her vivid, carefully-placed lyrics rife with empathy, emotion, and sensitivity, you get the sense that this is an artist who takes her time. Her earliest releases were recorded in a laundry shed, with little else but her voice and a guitar. Now, with the help of producer Sarah Tudzin (aka illuminati hotties), her sound has opened up into gut-wrenching riffs and lush, full soundscapes — but that original intimacy remains, unwavering and unshakeable even as the sonic world around her expands.
While her audience connects deeply with the experiences and emotions put forward in her work, McLamb isn’t performing for the observer: her creative process is a personal practice that borders on spiritual. She’s been writing songs since she was six, and never really expected anyone to listen except herself. Even as her work spread to millions of viewers online, she never divested from her belief in art as a personal — almost therapeutic — act. The fact that her intimate anxieties and experiences can resonate so deeply with so many strangers only confirms the philosophy that runs through her oeuvre: that strong emotions are what connect us all to each other, and that we’re...