Jeremy Neale

Jeremy Neale

with Go Violets

Going to a Jeremy Neale gig is like hopping into a magical-time-and-fun machine that transports you back to the 60s some place where dancing and good times are all that matter. The fuzzy lo-fi sounds of 'A Love Affair To Keep You There' made waves on Triple J earlier in the year, and with the release of his latest single 'In Stranger Times', featuring all-girl four piece Go Violets, Jeremy embarked on a three-city tour to celebrate its launch. The tour wound up on Friday night with a rollicking night of revelry at Alhambra in Brisbane, which happens to be the hometown of both Jeremy and Go Violets.

I didn’t arrive in time to see RINSE or Emerson Snowe which was a bit of a bummer but sadly university is the master of my universe right now and it had other plans for my Friday evening.

Sneaking in a bit later meant that Alhambra was well and truly buzzing by the time I got there. Alhambra isn’t a big venue but what it lacks in size, the crowd made up for in enthusiasm, and as Go Violets took to the stage a dedicated group gathered around. The group churned out a bunch of great tunes brimming with sing-a-long appeal. Their infectious brand of 60s-meets-90s lo-fi pop had the crowd on their feet and bopping along. They played a great mix of newer and older songs, with favourites like 'Teenager' drawing whoops of excitement from the crowd.

The band’s love of performing is obvious and their interaction with the crowd made the show all the better. A personal highlight was the ‘be quiet or get out!’ courtesy of singer and guitarist Phoebe to a few especially rowdy (and not in a good way) show-goers which was met with a huge cheer from the rest of the crowd.

We were also treated to Go Violet’s new single 'Josie' which drops on May 20, and it won’t be too long til the band releases their first EP. They are also magic live, so please (I am begging you) check them out.

I honestly think that Jeremy Neale and Go Violets are one of the best headline/support combinations I’ve witnessed, so it’s no surprise that the crowd was appropriately jazzed up by the time Jeremy and his band took over the venue. From the first note of the first song, the crowd was totally enraptured. For those who haven’t had the pleasure, Jeremy makes incredibly catchy lo-fi garage pop with a distinctly 60s feel. You might have heard him fronting twelve-person band Velociraptor, and rest assured his solo tunes are just as good.
The microphone was fuzzy and my ears apparently not too good, so I couldn’t make out much of what Jeremy said between songs, but there was a lot of laughing and cheering which I joined in on so as not to look out of place. Regardless, he had wonderful stage presence and performed with crazy amounts of energy and enthusiasm. The same could be said for the crowd’s reaction.

We enjoyed a selection of songs from Jeremy’s upcoming EP (I’m not sure when it’s coming out but I hope it’s really soon). 'A Love Affair To Keep You There' and 'Darlin’' also kept the crowd very happy, but it was new single 'In Stranger Times' that really made the night special. Go Violets joined Jeremy on stage to perform the last song of the night. Alice from Go Violets leapt into the crowd for a bit of crowd surfing which basically summarises the atmosphere – I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen anyone have so much fun on stage.

I’m trying to think of a way to summarise the show but it’s difficult to put such a performance into words because nothing really seems to do it justice. To put it simply, this was one of the most fun gigs I’ve been to and I’m going to be hunting down each and every Jeremy Neale gig from now on. I think it’s safe to say we can expect big things from this young man.
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