If you could venture past the ultra-condensed club stalls area during Curtin O-day, you may have been lucky enough to catch a few of the bands playing throughout the day. A line up including Young Robin, Hideous Sun Demon, Lilt and Ali Barter; the stage was set in Agora Courtyard just off to the side of the Tav, in what ended up being a chilled, kicked back area.
Taking a rest from swimming in the slow-moving sea of newly minted academic humans; plenty of students were lying or sitting on the deckchairs and beanbags strewn throughout the space.
Sheltered by a makeshift veranda, those chilling out in the shade avoided the fate of a tomato-esque skin pigmentation the next day; a fate which only those unknowing enough suffered (totally not this pommie reviewer).
The beginning of the band’s sets got off to a bumpy start due to issues in the sound department, but it only made way for a negligent thirty-minute delay – with half of the crowd too carbed out from free food to notice.
Indie pop-rockers Young Robin were first to hit the stage; providing some tasty musical melodies which enticed a few punters to come in and have a listen. One of the largest talking points of their set was their synchronised choreography during one track, with each member bouncing their hips back and forth like a student-level Mick Jagger dance troupe.
Smashing out tracks like Ferndully and Faker; Young Robin felt exciting and fresh, and otherwise brought some breezy vibes to the O-Day stage.
Hideous Sun Demon were the second band to hit the stage. Feeling oddly cheeky and tenacious; the band had apparently set their amps to max, above the noise restrictions, and allegedly received a noise complaint. That didn’t quell any of their anarchic, crazed rock gusto; so they carried on rocking out, trying to raise the punters in their beanbags like they were trying to raise the dead.
Lilt gauged out some edgy electronica with frontwoman Louise Penman’s fiery vocals erupting across the courtyard. A highlight of their set was a cover of London Grammar’s Hey Now, adopting the brooding nature of the original but evocating their own unique mood to it.
Ali Barter finished up with a generous hour long set. Once the afternoon breeze kicked in, it was the ultimate late afternoon pleaser with plenty of 90 grunge vibes abound. Pumping out track after track of 90s inspired rock goodness, her music felt like something caught between that of a cult teen flick and a nihilistic break-up poem. Essentially, she killed it.
Keep an eye out for our interviews with Ali Barter and Young Robin.