Twerps, Blank Realm, The Goon Sax @ Woolly Mammoth


It’s a mark of a quality when the support acts on the line-up draw crowds as big as the headliner, having missed opening act, the superbly named The Goon Sax I joined the crowd to watch Brisbane’s own Blank Realm. Increasingly better with each performance Blank Realm were very much on tonight. They ripped through their set with gusto, made up of tracks mainly from last year’s record Grassed In. Having hooked the audience early on they didn’t let them go, bodies were bopping and thrashing and it’s clear that Blank Realm are making themselves as one the best live acts around. Falling Down the Stairs, an ode to drunken nights in the Valley and Back to the Flood get huge responses and the set reaches a calamitous, crescendo that leaves everyone wanting more.

Having been whipped into a frenzy it’s a slight change of energy when Twerps, hailing from Melbourne, take the stage. Here to show off their latest release Range Anxiety, there is a lot of love in the room for the group.  Range Anxiety is an album that is rife with infectious, undemanding melodies and happy-go-lucky vocals and that’s the vibe of their set tonight. It’s easy to drift away listening to the harmonies of Julia MacFarlane and Marty Frawley or the chiming guitars, but Twerps draw you back in with a sense of familiarity, their songs are built around relatable experiences and the emotions you feel in the everyday.

Like Blank Realm before them Twerps have an enamoured crowd that sing and dance along to every song in the set. Back To You, Dreamin and I Don’t Mind are among the highlights of the set thought to be honest you’d be hard press to find a track that wasn’t. Twerps left their Brisbane audience completely obsessed and waiting patiently for their return.

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