Live Review: Alpine, Clubfeet, Georgi Kay

21 August 2012 | 9:42 am | Benny Doyle

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Fresh from a run of dates with mega-selling Brit Ed Sheeran, Georgi Kay has no trouble making The Zoo stage her own. There's a bit of Lana Del Ray in her voice which on today's scene won't hurt your chances in the slightest, but the thick triumph of Breakfast In Bedlam and the lighter snap of Puzzles show that this Perth lass has the songwriting edge and performance quality to stand tall without the need for any comparisons.

Sydney-based five piece Clubfeet lean more towards the dreamy sound of Alpine and have the whole live lounge band Gypsy & The Cat shtick down to a fine art, but tonight, their moody pop just doesn't get over the line. Watching Yves Roberts (bass) whip his body like a rubber man is mildly entertaining, but when Montgomery Cooper (keys) rolls up his sleeves and transforms into Talking Heads' David Byrne, it's pretty hard to take it all seriously. Teenage Suicide stands out in the set for all the wrong reasons, but apart from that the tracks simply bleed into each other – even their biggest song Last Words doesn't hold up live, which is a real disappointment.

Riding high on the wave of their ARIA crashing chart entry, Alpine seem as eager to make a night of this as the crowd does and dive immediately into their gorgeous A Is For Alpine record, mimicking the LP with the openers Lovers 1, Lovers 2 and Hands. The songs have some serious tough notes to hit and harmonise, but the twin enchantresses of Phoebe Baker and Lou James are knocking it towards the grandstands tonight, and surrounded, somewhat pagan-like, by their male counterparts, they drop, spin, weave and flow like leaves in the wind. These theatrics give an edge surrealism to the whole affair, the set not only providing music but spine-tingling visual art too. Recent support slots at The Tivoli have seen their intricate sound lost in the expansive room, however at The Zoo it's contained in crisp perfection. The girls feed off each other during the rambunctious Heartlove, while new cuts such as Softsides and Too Safe are beautiful, poetic and fun. It's about this time when Phil Tucker comes to the party also, his drumming as animated as the ladies writhing before him. Recent single Gasoline gets a massive response and there is a special moment following the song where you can see the penny drop across the sextet's faces – 'Wow, people are digging this shit!' It's a revelation only driven home further when they play Villages and everyone moves in unison, washed away by the performance Alpine have provided Brisbane this evening.