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REVIEW: Boy & Bear Live At The Troubadour

Words by Scenewave Oz - Published on November 7, 2009

Like Boy & Bear, this was our first visit to The Troubadour; a quaint, cosy bar turned live music venue.

An unassuming door in the midst of Brunswick Street Mall greeted the Scenewave team. Pushing through, we ascended the stairs into the unknown. The understated entrance only served to disguise the treasures that lay inside. Like The Troubadour’s fa├žade, Dave, Killian, Tim and Jake are unassuming and humble, seemingly unaware of the extraordinary sound they have created.

It seemed a perfect fit.

The energy inside was incredible and the anticipation palpable. Everyone in the room knew they were about to witness something special. Stu Larsen’s intimate performance, highlighted by his soothing vocals and beautiful melodies, eased the crowd into the evening. Following on, The District of East drew the audience toward the stage and onto the carpet with an engaging performance setting the scene for the headline act.

Strange as it sounds, for many of us the excitement and anticipation largely revolved around hearing something other than Boy & Bear’s two brilliant hit songs. Continuing in the same vein as ‘The Storm’ and ‘Mexican Mavis’, these ‘other’ tracks did not disappoint.

Comparisons to Fleet Foxes are inevitable, however Boy & Bear’s sound is broader and will appeal to a wider range of musical tastes. These four Sydney-siders are destined for overwhelming success in Australia and overseas.

The union of three supremely talented front men in their own right has allowed Boy & Bear to create layered music with astonishing vocal harmonies. Crisp and exhilarating at once. Concluding their brief set with the outstanding ‘Mexican Mavis’, Boy & Bear left a lasting impression on the hundred or so people in the room.

We had all witnessed something special.

All photos courtesy of Jeremy Peters.

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