Live Review: The Preatures

16 November 2015 | 3:24 pm | Melissa Borg

"Manfredi got restless and decided to perform Ordinary standing, offering the crowd some Corona before she tripped over them."

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It was dreary weather for a Sunday sesh set on the iconic Bondi Beach, but that didn't deter the crowd from venturing out to catch a free set by one of Australia's premier acts, The Preatures, who are currently travelling the country as part of Corona's Sunset Sessions.

Somebody's Talking kicked off the set, with the majority of the band being seated, while Tom Champion stood proudly at the back of the pack, providing some sweet bass for the stripped-back set.

The acoustic guitars added a nice finish to some of Blue Planet Eyes' tracks, which have been on tour rotation for some time. Whatever You Want and Two Tone Melody were particular highlights.

Isabella Manfredi let us into her world for a few minutes, sharing with us a cover of her favourite song, Total Control by The Motels, which showcased a fragility to her vibrant demeanour and powerful vocals.

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The band's announcement that they are heading back into the studio early next year was met with enthusiasm, and they decided to give us a sneak peek at what they've been working on, playing two new, energetic tracks for us.

Manfredi got restless and decided to perform Ordinary standing, offering the crowd some Corona before she tripped over them. Covering Boys In Town by Divinyls hit a sweet spot with the crowd, and following it up with growling tune Cruel was bliss.

Manfredi threw the spotlight over to Gideon Bensen (who recently announced his solo project) to sing on old Preatures track Take A Card, before joining him to finish the song.

Can we call Is This How You Feel? a classic yet? Either way, this reviewer's calling it, and the classic track rounded out the set, confirming once again that The Preatures are one of the best Australian acts around.