I WAS THERE | METHYL ETHEL @ NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, 14.04.16
With the constant barrage of new music it’s hard to get excited about a band and stay excited. Luckily for Perth’s Methyl Ethel their charm has increased steadily with the band recently appearing at Laneway Festival and completely selling out their current headline tour.
The first support came from fellow Western Australian Benjamin Witt, a one man loop pedal show that was enjoyed by the crowd who chose to sit directly in front of the stage. Witt’s intricate and layered compositions eased the crowd into the night’s proceedings, as he casually conversed with the crowd in between songs and highly recommended everyone’s favourite Mexican haunt Trippy Taco.
Second support, Jaala’s unique brand of self described “experimental bedroom punk” quickly won over the audience. The concentrated attention surprised lead singer Cosima Jaala who remarked “You’re way better than last night’s crowd, they talked the whole time”. Jaala’s passion is palpable and best identified by her impassioned screaming, with tracks ‘Hard Hold’ and ‘Salt Shaker’ definite standouts.
Soon after Methyl Ethel arrived on stage, whispering to one another as they jammed before opening with ‘Shadowboxing’. Conversation was kept to a minimum as the band played a set consisting mostly of tracks from their stunning debut album Oh Inhuman Spectacle. Breezy numbers ‘Rogues’ and ‘Sweet Waste’ got the crowd swaying in unison while the punchier ‘Also Geselleschaft’ inspired some more interpretative moves. Singles ‘Idee Fixe’ and ‘Twilight Driving’ sparked the most excitement from the crowd, with the latter’s lyrics discernible enough to sing along compared to the typically beguiling lyrics that the band are known for.
The band addressed the crowd to express their appreciation for the sold out across three nights, with lead singer Jake Webb going to comment that Melbourne is a “fucking great joint”. While it’s not the first time a psychedelic band from Perth has made waves it’s clear the hype surrounding Methyl Ethel is unlikely to die down anytime soon.
By Holly Pereira / @pseudoholly