I WAS THERE | VOLTAIRE TWINS, SHEBEEN, 28.8.15
Perth turned Melbourne based wonder pair, Voltaire Twins took to Shebeen to launch their debut album, the highly impressive Milky Waves. The night was one full of energy and impressive performances, where the only lifeless thing on stage would have been the venues token collection of shrubbery.
Opening the night was Covers, informing the crowd that he swore never to play solo again after his last show with Voltaire Twins, he was back in action alone on the stage. The set may have been marred with false starts, forgotten lyrics and technical difficulties, but it was undeniable that this was an act with serious amounts of potential. With a set full of clear cut pop sensibilities, it was hard not to be engaged by the tracks once they got rolling, and many includes some subtly implemented dance worthy beats that made it all too easy to have a groove along too whilst observing.
Sons of Rico had the stage overflowing with equipment, but the true concern was raised with the presence of a keytar during sound check. So ingrained is concern for gimmickry at the sight, it was pleasantly surprising to see the band’s presentation of a highly engaging set of pop rock, with some open electronic undertones providing the crowd with the last dregs of an excuse to dance along. The set was a whirlwind of material, lacking any chance of a breather short of introducing a small number of the many songs played.
The room was bubbling by the time Voltaire Twins walked on stage. Their set up was simple, a collection of synths and microphones hidden behind a veil of a smoke machine, but the members themselves were anything but. Teagan Voltaire’s bold frizzy hair, coupled with a geometric printed leotard was a sight to behold, and to be honest James Voltaire’s eye coated pants were similarly show stealing. Despite having the potential to be the best looking band playing, it was without a doubt the honest energy of the set that won fans hearts over in an instant. The pair spun threw their catalogue with ease, jumping between material from Milky Waves and cuts from earlier EP’s. Missing a song mid set caused a minor disruption, but the heartfelt introduction from James Voltaire claiming the track, ‘Slow Down’ to be a favourite. It was impressive to watch the nuanced performance, both Voltiares moving with ease to their music, but never quite managing to steal from their carefully layered sound. In a time where shows are seemingly getting bigger and bolder with on a constant basis the simplicity of the set was a warm welcome, especially due to how fluently it matched with the sound of the artist. It is difficult to select a favourite moment of the show, however ‘Modern Gore’ and ‘Animalia’ did both manage to linger on the mind long after the set’s conclusion.
By Ayden Measham-Pywell