Augie March

The Forum, Melbourne, is without doubt, one of the most beautiful venues in Australia, perhaps further. Its Gothic exterior casing majestic statues and the unique blue ceiling, making it seem like you are sitting under the night sky. A perfect setting for the sweet tones and pleasant tunes of Augie March.


But there was another reason this particular show was special. Besides being the final night of their Watch Me Set My Strange Sun You Bloody Choir Tour. It is also their final show… Ever. Well at least for a very, very long time. A farewell show beneath the stars. Lovely.


The tour follows the release of Augie March's latest Album Watch me Disappear. The release being eagerly and well received by a fan bases they have been gathering for a more than impressive thirteen years. It is the groups forth album ahead of titles that have earned them critical acclaim and award, not to mention, platinum sales.


The band cut an impressive image. Nine members strong with a bevy of instruments ranging from keyboard to clarinet, bass to trombone. Also to join them as special guest were Gareth Liddiard and Dan Luscombe from the Drones, without a doubt, the most blistering live performance bands to emerge from Australia in years. An impressive pull I must say.


And a mention must go out to their sharp attire. Dressed to impress the boys were clad in three piece suit and dress trilbies. This wardrobe choice in no way matched their music styling's, nor the atmosphere of venue or mood, yet I am always made to blush by an aesthetically pleasing 1940's gangster get up, no matter what the occasion.


A fun evening. Glenn Richards' banter was light hearted and fun. The on stage energy was that of friendship and warmth. It was made no secret that this was their bow out, and they seemed to make the most of it. It was in no way a, blow your socks off show, in fact I often found myself getting a little sidetracked as to who was wearing the nicest shoes of the crowd, or to wonder if you would die if you were to fall off the second balcony. Upon my crowd gazing, I know I was not the only one to trail off.


Attention was of course dragged back to the front with fan favourite There is no such place, which reminded me how much I love a sing along, and the with The Glenorchy Bunyip that has most certainly crept up to be my favourite of the groups with louder country beats providing a welcome and fun break from their trademark soft rock tone.


Spanning two and a half hours they stuck it out for two expected encores, ending with their most famous track: One Crowded Hour. Met with huge applause by the masses it seemed fitting, it was only as I exited the building that I heard various conversations of randoms exclaiming that it was a real shame they did not end with one of their albums hits to pay homage to their long term fans. But there were smiles all round. So they could not have been to cut up.


Farwell Augie March. Was a pleasure to meet you.

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