REVIEW: Hungry Kids of Hungary At The Zoo
Words by Scenewave Oz - Published on November 17, 2009
I’d heard great things about Hungry Kids of Hungary. After learning that they aren’t kids, they’re not from Hungary and they probably aren’t famished, the Scenewave team headed to Valley Fiesta with Hungry Kid’s at the top of our list of bands to see. It was then that we realised how immensely popular the Brisbane four-piece are. Within minutes of the prior act ending, a diverse crowd assembled to enjoy Hungry Kid’s infectiously up-beat pop melodies.
So on our second encounter at The Zoo last Saturday night, it came as no surprise to once again see the venue packed with adoring fans. Ball Park Music kicked the night off, followed by a band currently boasting last weeks iTunes single of the week, Deep Sea Arcade.
Marco and Vig likened Deep Sea Arcade to the UK’s Mystery Jets, with their hit single ‘Don’t be Sorry’ bringing the crowd to life.
The tension grew between the support acts as the fans eagerly anticipated the band they’d all come to see. Large balloons were hauled onto stage giving a carnival-like feel, keeping in the theme of the Let You Down Easy Tour promo material.
Cheered onto stage, Hungry Kid’s launched into their set. Kane Mazlin lead from the front on keys, complimented by his crisp vocals. Kane shared vocals with lead guitarist Dean McGrath throughout the set, however it became evident that all four exceptionally talented guys were not afraid to embrace the microphone, showcasing some outstanding harmonies.
A personal favourite of mine, ‘Old Money’ was a highlight, along with crowd favourites ‘Scattered Diamonds’, ‘Set It Right’, ‘All You Need to Know’ and of course their new single, ‘Let You Down’.
The crowd demanded an encore and the band duly delivered. Dean prompted the crowd to ‘guess’ the cover song he began playing. After the first few bars I had no idea, however the opening lyrics ‘I fly like paper, get high like planes’, revealed MIA’s ‘Paper Planes’. That was one song I didn’t see coming!
With some of the crowd joining the band on stage and the giant helium balloons dispersed throughout the floor standing fans, it truly was a sight to behold.
Hungry Kid’s create the kind of music which never fails to get your feet moving and put a smile on your face; an unbridled sense of joy invoked by a plethora of catchy hooks.
Like the Valley Fiesta experience, I left The Zoo with a smile from ear-to-ear, while humming ‘Scattered Diamonds’. One thing is for sure, Hungry Kids of Hungary definitely didn’t let me down.
Were you at the gig? What did you think of Hungry Kids?