Live Review: My Disco - Toff In Town

25 April 2012 | 1:04 pm | Cassandra Fumi

The punters here are very engaged in the music and iPhones are a rarity amongst this bunch, a welcome surprise


“I found this disco. Do you know whose it is?” No. “Oh, it's My Disco.” The final lame My Disco joke is uttered as we walk up the Curtin House staircase to the Toff In Town.

We can't see Rohan Rebeiro, Liam or Ben Andrews through the light show that is occurring, but boy can they be heard. My Disco start instantly with the track Heavy Rain. No build up, just bam like a light switch being smashed on while you're asleep. The intimate nature of the Toff makes it a perfect venue for these Melbourne boys and they seem at home, as opposed to the Englishmen in front who ask, “What is this band?” Clearly they were looking for Rooftop Bar and didn't quite make it all the way up the stairs. Turn is played early. Seeing the band play this track live is bringing back memories of the film clip, which features a woman's silhouette dancing under brightly coloured lasers. Tonight the feel is the same but, rather than a woman's silhouette, we are given quick glances of guitarist Ben Andrews as he ducks in and out of smoke and lasers (prominently purple and green). Turn is from their third album Little Joy; the boys' later material has a much heavier sound.

It feels like we're in an electrical hyper-storm being chased by police, or at least that is a murmuring heard from within the throng. Turn concludes and the crowd is completely silent for a moment before applause explodes. Perhaps everyone was too busy reopening their eyes from the heavy dancing or maybe it's the sheer power of this track. Whatever the reason for the silence, the consensus seems to be universal: Turn rocked.

The punters here are very engaged in the music and iPhones are a rarity amongst this bunch, a welcome surprise. In front of the sound desk is a preferred standing spot at the Toff, due to the sound quality and access to the bar. However, the luxury of space is abandoned for the final two tracks. A quick dash gets us mid-action for Age and Perfect. Arms sway, most eyes remain firmly closed and up here you can really see the boys behind the smoke and lasers. Then, reminiscent of how it all began, the set abruptly ends. A mass exodus occurs as the crowd flocks to fresh air.

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