Kid Sam

with Deep Sea Arcade and McKisko

The intimate love affair between local up-and-comers and that decaying Persian rug beneath the feet of acts at the Troubadour became a little more complicated after tonight's sold out performance.


Local songstress McKisko graced the Troubadour stage yet again bringing with her the gorgeous ballads and pop elegance that she is beginning to become known for. With a voice which is nothing short of stunning and a mostly harmless catalogue of songs, the siren desperately needs that special song which gets the crowd off the floor and generates the recognition she surely deserves.


In what seemed a stark juxtaposition to the earlier proceedings, Sydney campaigners Deep Sea Arcade got the crowd on their feet and forced some swift fringe re-adjustment as the hotbox of a venue came alive. With the hand-written sold out sign being plastered across the entrance, the keen fans were treated to a tight and somewhat ethereal performance by the Triple J Unearthed contenders who shallowly compare to a walrus era Beatles.


With a sip of water and a bit of a swagger, the low key entrance of Kieran Ryan, front man of Kid Sam, signified the start of the set. A solo acoustic number greeted the hushed crowd before his cousin Kishore joined him on percussion.


The constant game of instrumental musical chairs being played out over the night showcased the powerful vocals of Kieran whilst he switched between electric and acoustic numbers.


The sheer difference in structure and sound in each and every song pointed however to a slight confusion of what sound the band is really going for. Being held together by some outstandingly slick percussion the songs shift from folk to rock and everywhere in between, all of which performed in a professional manner.


Crowd favourite ‘Down at the Cemetery' was tight however it wasn't until the injection of a second guitarist when the night became more structured and generally more enjoyable.


Descending into a formidable chaos as they finish on a Modern Lovers tune, the overly quiet front man left the stage uttering only a few words to the crowd all night. In just under an hour, however, the talent this sold out crowd was looking for was clearly evident and seeing Kid Sam lighting up a much bigger stage one day looks pretty likely.

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