As Airline Food took to the stage, the crowds slowly moved from the cool night air of the outdoor courtyard to the intimate dance floor of The Bird, Northbridge. The venue encapsulated exactly what the night had in store—a moody, retro authentic vibe with a surprising hit of punk attitude. Disposable cameras were a must to slide into this scene of younger punters. By 10 o’clock the rowdiness level had already sky-rocketed, but not at the expense of the friendly atmosphere shared by everyone in the venue. The technical difficulties and pro-longed set up time were worth the wait as afro-clad Airline Food front man Jack Annear took the mic, warming William Street with soothing 80’s synth lines. The mix included mild psychedelic-reggae influences paired with a beachy, laidback, experimental 60’s pop vibe. As the set came to an end the Hawaiian shirt clad trio gradually transitioned their sound into something slightly more grungy while still managing to maintain their signature synth lines. This transition set the crowd’s mood for the intense energy that would engulf the cozy bar space once local four-piece Almond Soy took the stage. The confident presence of the band mirrored the energy of the reassuring crowd. Not long into the set it was obvious the tightly packed venue contained mostly close friends of the band who riled up immense support, frequently exchanging banter and at one point a friendly sack tap when the bassist got too close. The energy was high from the start; from a quirky comedic intro we were swooped away into a gnarly rendition of Smoke on the Water that transitioned seamlessly into the soulful sounds of Dark—one of the original singles to be released from the group. We were treated to an exciting mix of new tracks and covers with the predominantly indie-pop sound meandering between lo-fi beach vibes against the occasionally heavier rock influence. Overall the stylistically fluid performance was more refreshing than a cold apple cider on a balmy Fremantle afternoon. Despite a few small technical glitches the crowd engagement was never lost, both artist and punter reveled in the total sense of fun that overshadowed the entire live performance. A group of bandanna wearing young men threw themselves into an intense mosh when the alternative rock sounds of Whisky changed up the vibe. Other notable tracks included; Fine—a newer release with catchy endearing lyrics to which everyone knew the words; Cinema—another fresh take pairing indie-rock sounds with catchy heartfelt lyrics, and finally an energetic cover of Carlos Santana’s Black Magic Woman that threw the crowd into frenzy. Almond Soy had succeeded in producing a fresh sounding new take on indie-pop, the four-piece seamlessly maintained a maturity to their sound without forgoing their fun-loving nature and delectable light-heartedness. Dairy lovers and lactose tolerant alike, Almond Soy is a band to look out for.