ALT-J put on a show to remember

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 15-May-2015

ALT-J have mastered their craft.


SUNDAY evening saw thousands flock to Rod Laver Arena to see immensely talented UK group alt-J.

With a handful of Brit Award nominations, a Grammy nomination and a recent stint at Australia’s summer festivals, the British quartet are playing their biggest headline shows to date on Australian soil this month.

Special guest Asgeir was a major drawcard for audiences, his hauntingly poetic voice and electronic-based folk songs the perfect prelude to the British band.

Keyboardist/vocalist Gus gushed while thanking the Aussie support base who have followed alt-J since their debut Melbourne show two and a half years ago.

Talking was minimal as the British boys let their gritty but refined music speak for itself. Gus and Joe’s voices are impressive to say the least, their harmonies layered perfectly over punchy drums and crucial keyboards.

With each member equally positioned at the forefront of the stage – in front of an impressively complimentary lightshow – the band gave audiences a remarkably intimate experience, no mean feat on a stage that has hosted the biggest acts in the business.

A notable absence of iPhones was replaced with fans saluting alt-J with the symbol that has become their identifier both visually and lyrically: the triangle.

The quietly charming Brits received a standing ovation having showcased what they had clearly been working hard to perfect; a genre-defying sound, distinctly their own and a deceivingly effortless performance style – the hallmark of a band who have mastered their craft.


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