I WAS THERE | MAJOR LEAGUES & FLOWERTRUCK @ SHEBEEN – 21.05.16
Finishing up their double headline tour, Flowertruck and Major Leagues hit up Melbourne for a night jumbled full of mellow harmonies and catchy tunes.
The night was opened by fourpiece, Glaciers. Their set was relaxed, with a hint of grooviness appearing towards the end. With a new album on the way they were keen to show off fresh material that was warmly welcomed by all involved. The performance was safe, but well played, a perfect opener for the night. Their casual discussions to the audience and between themselves teased an appeal factor greater than what the early set allowed for. It would be interesting to see how they hold up in a set after 8pm.
The Outdoor Type hinted at being stuck in a routine, playing their fourth show at Shebeen for the week. But the set felt anything but. Their mellow harmonies translated well to the stage, and the performance had an organic nature to it. They worked through a solid number of tracks, with the two vocalists working well off each other. The set had an other-world sound that enabled them to wash over you with a certain ease, but the audience lapped this up.
Major Leagues stole the show. The four piece faced the daunting act of working with a replacement drummer, but all was well as he and the band played set to remember. The band’s guitar pop style is an easy way into the audience’s heart, and it worked well for them. They spun through material from their entire catalogue, with material from their latest EP release – Dream States. The material was sounding fresh, and integrated nicely with their back catalogue. Just as vocal duties were handballed across stage, as well as occasionally including a guest vocalist, the quartet joked amongst themselves and told the audience tales of the tour so far, as well as how to stop ink from bleeding in fabric. By the end of the performance the crowd were buzzing along to the set, it was hard to hold back and showed off just how much fun the band can be.
Closing the night was Flower Truck. There was a bit of a delay getting them up on stage, but once they started there was no holding them back. They blasted through tracks, alternating quite nicely between energy levels in order to maintain a constant atmosphere. Third into the set was ‘Nail Gun’ which set a high point for the night. It was the injection of energy the room needed with its quirky, left of field lyrics and styling. The set never slowed down, bouncing and bumbling it’s way along. The frontman’s almost standoff-ish performance style was captivating, and the commitment from the entire band hard to miss. It isn’t hard to see why people love Flowertruck with a performance, like this, but it raises the question of when they are to become a more household name. For this show, was truly wonderful.
By Ayden Measham-Pywell