CITY CALM DOWN @ THE CORNER
Last night I finally got to see one of my favourite Melbourne bands, City Calm Down, at the all typical Melbourne venue, The Corner in Richmond. It was a sold out shot, and it was an absolute rippa.
Starting the night feeling a but woozy from an on-coming fever that day, I thought it’d be best to overcome this heap-spin with some alcohol. Typical me. So a couple of drinks down, and after Airlings whimsical set, the place was filled with people keen to grab a slice of CCD. They came on stage and immediately fuelled the place with both heavy and upbeat tones, sporadic dancing and alternative/pop tunes. They powered through the faves from their recently released debut album In A Restless House, including its title track, Son, Wandering, Young Fix, Border on Control and Rabbit Run. While also returning to there earlier releases. It was so great, I even tried to snap a photo – even though it turned out to be horrible.
Nearly a week prior to the gig, City Calm Down went into the triple j studios to partake in their much loved segment Like A Version. And boy did they come out with a goodie. Covering the ‘sandy churros’ song that is a much loved Foals‘ favourite, Spanish Sahara from their 2010 release Total Life Forever. Bringing some truly deep intensity to the brooding then bursting to energy song, and some horns to the instrumental aspect, they, as I believe, crushed it. The took it into their own hands to produce a great cover. Seriously, watch it for yourself to enjoy.
It gets better though. They performed it live for us all at the show. It blew da house down. In particular it blew the two middle-aged blokes in front of me away. But the covers and the love from these two guys didn’t end there. City Calm Down, toward the end of their set covered the almighty, David Bowie (bless his eternal soul). Taking on the dance-rock-pop jam that is Let’s Dance. It truly got the crowd groovin and into a greatly intense sing-a-long. Being in a room filled with a crowd of varying ages, and a band, who all appreciate the music created by this man Bowie was incredible. The atmosphere was electric. It is kinda hard to describe. Just amazing.
Ending the night, I picked up a copy of In A Restless House in wax, ready to play it for the next day on the good ol’ turntable. And here I am now, listening to it, writing this post.