It was lining up to be a night of great music. With friends and family, couples young and old, gathering together – such a crowd could only amass to a place of such size for Kim Churchill. The air was stagnant as the supporting act, Riley Pearce, sang to a largely unmoved crowd – all eager to see Churchill. Pearce’s musical prowess was a build up to the highly anticipated Churchill as the crowd waited impatiently for the singer-songwriter to grace the stage for his performance.
It was a perfect way for him to end his Australian tour having kicked it off earlier this year in Brisbane, travelling with his backing instrumentalists Michael Hardy, on keyboard, and Tom Myres, on drums. It was therefore, largely unavoidable, and unsurprising, for him to finish his well-established tour on the west coast of Australia, and no space or venue would’ve matched Kim Churchill better than the Fremantle Town Hall.
All eyes were set to the stage when the trio came out and introduced themselves to the crowd. Fremantle Town Hall provided the perfect aura, a balance of soft lights and large, echoed chambers. The reverberating sound from the venue matched the resonances from the stage so nicely that the divided audience, split between the mosh pit and the back-end of the auditorium, were all mesmerised.
The night kicked off with Single Spark; the lights and sound became one as Churchill’s brooding and youthful vocal runs ran over everybodys ear drums. It was set to be a great night.
“What I learnt about home, is that it doesn’t have to be a physical place”, Churchill smiled to the crowd, provoking a couple of admirable sighs before he moved into his song Loving Home. At this point, he had become so loose that he kicked his shoes off, performing to a deserving audience who loved it as much as he did.
The trio fed off of each other’s energy and the stamina, which only the three of them could create, looked after the entire audience throughout the night. Churchill reassured the crowd that he had taken a good break from alcohol “for six months”, before laughing that “a drink would be a great reward for being sober for so long”.
“One thing I loved studying in high school was ancient history. If I learnt one thing from that class, it’s that if you’re ambitious, you get your head chopped off”, he said, eliciting a few chuckles and a few snorts. “I was concerned about how to navigate without getting my head chopped off”, he continued, before he swooned into an energetic performance of Breakneck Speed, a new single to feature on his pending album, which pleased his adoring fans.
Churchill had a spell on the crowd so powerful that it attracted a fan onto the stage – a brave audience member managed to manoeuvre her way through the tipsy front-stage line and tangled herself in Churchill’s guitar leads. “Hello, who are you!?” asked a bewildered, but mostly amused Churchill, before stopping his performance to talk to her outside of the range of the microphone. The two stayed on stage for a while, while the audience went nuts – but eventually, it was time for her to leave, and Churchill simply smiled and carried on.
With the night wrapping up with Window To The Sky, the audience went absolutelyinsane for an encore. Everyone was cheering and wailing, and some were even crying – and it wasn’t long before the trio came out again to sing Weight Falls – the trio performed this beautiful, stripped acoustic song around a single condenser microphone with only Churchill’s vocals and some guitar strings. It was a truly magical night – and no better place for Churchill to finish his long Australian tour than the good old Fremantle Town Hall.