Gig Review: Therapist + He Danced Ivy + Her Affinity + Age Champion @ Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane

Headliner: Therapist

Supports: He Danced Ivy + Her Affinity + Age Champion

Venue: Woolly Mammoth, Brisbane

Date: Saturday 14th April 2018

Review: Tomina Vincent

Woolly Mammoth was ablaze on Saturday night, as the anticipation for this huge EP launch has reached its culmination. At 8.30, doors open and 9 pm sees is dive straight into the deep end.

Opening the proceedings are quite an interesting trip called Age Champion. With a 90’s influenced vibe and a Muse-inspired groove, the band launches into their set with confidence and flair. Their tunes have a tendency to be similar, but never tedious and this is a band that belongs in your collection. I am left wanting more and I can’t wait to see what’s next for Age Champion.

Second up are Her Affinity. This band has been around for a while, and fans of Paramore and Tonight Alive would fall in love with them instantly. Their set was slightly compromised by poor sound, but the band did well in maintaining their composure and their stage presence was hugely entertaining.

Next up is the oddest band around, He Danced Ivy. This is one of the most exciting live acts In Brisbane at the moment. Their hyper-energetic shows have earned them a place on many exciting lineups like Progfest and Circa Survive, but this band is perfectly capable on standing on its own two feet. Vocal acrobatics meet beautifully executed dissonance, and progressive rock is alive and well during this set. A superbly entertaining act I recommend you see next time they’re in town.

It’s time for the big reveal, and newcomers Therapist take the stage. This is a fairly new band but what they delivered tonight is of the utmost quality. Alternative rock meets pop, perfectly enhanced by classic rock lead guitar work, a ferocious rhythm section and a whiskey-tinted husky vocal, adding character and originality to this beautiful concoction. The band is relaxed and professional and one would be incredibly surprised to find out that they’ve only been a unit for over a year. The band performs tracks from their self-titled EP as well as some new music, which I can’t wait to hear. Wrapping up the night the Therapist are met with deafening applause and leave me inspired and confident that yes, Brisbane really does have some of the greatest live acts around.

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