REVIEW: Boy & Bear, Ball Park Music @ Unibar, 4/11/11

Thursday night saw ARIA nominees Boy and Bear and up and comers Ball Park Music grace the Wollongong Unibar for a night of great live tunes, dancing fun and flowing beer.

Unfortunately this reviewer was a tad on the late side, and made it just in time to see Ball Park Music take the stage. If you haven’t heard of this Brisbane band, no doubt you will soon; the band are taking Australia by storm with their incredibly fun live shows, quirky songs and mannerisms. “Hi, we’re The Jezabels” is how we were introduced to the band, with laughter from the audience and a couple of facepalm-worthy ‘They’re not The Jezabels….are they?’ comments overheard. Lead singer Sam Cromack proved to be a flamboyant and charismatic front-man, with impressive live vocal harmonies from guitarist Jennifer Boyce adding to the overall appeal. Opening with the ever catchy ‘iFly,’ the Wollongong crowd was putty in Ball Park’s hands, as they showed off out an extremely well received set; ‘Sad Rude Future Dude’ ‘Alligator’ and of course their latest single ‘All I Want Is You.’ Special mention must also go to Sam’s interesting but nonetheless entertaining dance moves. With enthusiastic crowd participation, and Sam announcing for us to ‘find us at McDonalds’ later, Ball Park exited to thunderous applause, cheers and big smiles. Ball Park Music is definitely a band to keep an eye on, and with their extremely fun stage presence and their live show sounding just as good, if not better than record, you’d be a fool to miss out on catching them live next time they’re in town.

To say that the past year has been a complete whirlwind for Boy & Bear, is an understatement. On the back of relentless touring, they’ve managed to release their critically acclaimed album ‘Moonfire’ as well as be nominated for an outstanding seven ARIA awards. Again, it is an understatement to say they proved exactly why they are so deserving of the recognition. From the get-go, Boy & Bear had the audience spellbound with their blend of folk-rock music. Vocally flawless, with powerful harmonies enchanting the crowd, ‘Mexican Mavis,’ ‘Rabbit Song’ and ‘Feeding Line’ were definite crowd favourites as was the obvious Crowded House pleaser ‘Fall At Your Feet.’ With solid drum beats, the combination of acoustic guitar with the electric lead and poignant lyrics, Boy & Bear’s music leaves a long-lasting impression and their live show demonstrates just why Australia is raving about them.

With summer just around the corner, there isn’t a better time to be acquainted to the chilled magic that is Boy & Bear and the quirky beats of Ball Park Music. Overall the night was a demonstration of some of Australia’s music at its absolute finest.

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About tahliapritchard
UOW graduate, music reviewer, editorial intern and creator of totalbullshit.wordpress.com.

3 Responses to REVIEW: Boy & Bear, Ball Park Music @ Unibar, 4/11/11

  1. Juanita Currey says:

    I agree with you 100%. It was a fabulous show indeed. BPM certainly got the ball rolling, although The Paper Kites started the whole night off with a mellow feel. I loved it all. By the way, do yo happen to have the complete setlist from Boy and Bears’ gig that night? I’d love a copy if you do. (I’ve tried the WWW to no avail) Cheers, Juanita Currey 🙂

  2. Yeah very disappointed I missed out on Paper Kites. I do not have the complete setlist sorry. I do have a friend with an exceptional memory, so I’ll ask him if he remembers it, and post back here if he does!

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