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Hungry Kids Of Hungary live at The Zoo March 12, 2010

Words by Scenewave Oz - Published on March 18, 2010

Every time Hungry Kids of Hungary play in Brisbane it’s like one big party. Their music is infectiously catchy and unabashedly poppy. So what better way to spend a Friday night unwinding from work than heading to the Zoo to watch the Hungriest of all the Kids in Hungary.

We arrived in time to catch Boy & Bear assemble on stage, albeit minus one boy… or was it one bear. In bassist Jake Tarasenko’s absence, Boy & Bear did away with the drums, instead performing a refreshingly intimate drum-less set. The three men casually sat front of stage, delivering a captivating, ethereal performance which was only blemished by the chatter amongst the uninitiated.

Those fans who witnessed Boy & Bear at the Troubadour some months earlier, knew what they were about to experience and quickly shuffled past the passive on-lookers toward the front of The Zoo. Honestly, I only know the names of two of their tracks (the only two they’ve revealed) so I can’t even single out any other tracks for praise. In the end, all their tracks were amazing, so I guess the anonymity is irrelevant.

Ernest Ellis were next up, never quite reaching the heights scaled by the previous act. They were impressive, but lacked that little something to really break through to the crowd. Perhaps it was the expectation of the forthcoming headline act, or the withdrawal inflicted by Boy & Bear.

With a hectic touring schedule this year, it’s no surprise Hungry Kids’ Oz tour was aptly named ‘The Air Sick Tour’. Flying to the states next month, it seems 2010 will give the rest of the world a chance to see and hear their energetic live show.

On Friday, there didn’t seem to be a moments rest. HkoH always seem to put on an enthralling show from start to finish, and Friday was no different. Their energy on stage, drawn from the chemistry between lead singers Kane Mazlin and Dean McGrath, was captivating. The two played off one another with jibes and quick-wit between songs while effortlessly harmonising during hook laden choruses.

I don’t know about you, but it just feels like twenty-ten is going to be a huge year for Brisbane music. Just last week Tin Can Radio launched their debut single while Montpelier inspired the crowd at their EP launch. In the space of a week we’ve seen three of Brisbane’s best up-and-comers. While each band has their own unique musical qualities, after Friday’s gig, Hungry Kids re-affirmed their status as Brisbane’s foremost indie popsters.

They better get used to this air-sickness, because the flights aren’t stopping anytime soon.

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