The white walls of the classic Queensland pub glistens in the afternoon sun. Rain clouds emerge from the surrounding buildings, but fortunately the the rain holds off.
As I walk in a find myself transported back into history with vintage Toohey’s posters and old furniture. However the modern printed music posters plastered on the walls reminds you that you’re still in the 21st century.
Hallie Tate Music
A close nit crowd huddles in the small room filled with close friends and family. Hallie Tate sets up her stage wearing pink getup and piggy tails to tie the adorable look all together. The Flower Shoppe and Phoebe Sinclar join in with the crowd, cheering on Hallie.
With just the basics of the acoustics Hallie’s angelic and pure sound effortlessly travels to the back of the venue. Her country infused rolls and incredible vocal range have me absolutely transfixed and on the seat wanting more.
As a few songs pass I realise that Hallie is taking us on a journey of her past relationships. She unravels the truth behind the couple and the destiny that awaits them. However I fall in love with the sarcasm and humour that she uses to explain how sour she feels towards specific people and events in her life.
Her single Butterscotch Snaps portrays a drink so sweet and addictive where overindulgence can be toxic. Also her latest release ‘Banana and Honey’ describes and individual that need to eat banana and honey to swipe away the bitterness in their soul. Her music not only portrays her personal struggles, but also political disruptions in Australia including gay marriage.
The story telling is subtle with metaphors which allows you to fully understand her opinion.
The Flower Shoppé
The trio walks on stage, Crystal rocking the vintage lemon dress and Harry and Sam wearing sweaters that only come out during the festive season. The Flower Shoppe is ready to give us a night to remember with hints of every genre in the 20th century.
The bopping trio warm up the venue with their fast paced, bass rolling covers mixed with folky twists. Along with other arrays of genre’s like the four bar blues, and poppy Beach Boys, and ‘Walking on Sunshine’ featuring quirky kazoo made their way into their huge repertoire. The trio move around in different decades of music, keeping the crowd intrigued with what’s around the corner.
Although the trio mostly played classics from past artists, they allowed their modern twists intertwine with the original. It takes a lot of guts taking a well known original and I applaud how the original key and rhythm continues to shine through.
Crystal’s beautiful quaint voice is easy to listen to, painting a perfect picture a 1950’s tea party. Her hips sway with the roll of the bass along with the flow of her hands and the beaming smile at the end of every chorus. The balance of soft vocals, subtle bass, and strong guitar melodies accompany her delicate voice so perfectly. A small curtsy and a thank you ends The Flower Shoppé intimate and vibrant show for the evening.
Phoebe Sinclar moves up to the stage after cheering on the previous acts. The four piece band are rocking pitch black clothing with a hint of silver and shimmer. With the set-list on the floor written in black marker, Phoebe has organised a great night ahead.
With a short intro Phoebe jumps straight into the music spilling her guts into every note with a sharp hand fist and sensual dance moves. Her strong vocals cuts the air like a hot knife in butter, sending the hair on the back of my neck to stand up and my bum on the edge of the seat. Every high note, trill, and run is nailed perfectly whilst infusing a growl and anger in her voice. The four piece remind me of the heartbreaking sound of London Grammar..
As the performance rolls on Phoebe engages with the audience like she knows everyone in the room. Her confidence shines through everything that she does making the audience encapsulated in every word she says and every move she makes. A laugh about her bad streak in relationships is also made, remarking that happy love songs aren’t in her repertoire.
The best thing about Phoebe is you can tell she has been through hell and back with her past relationships. However here she is standing up in front of a crowd showcasing her pain with bubbly humour and a smile. The voice is her vessel of resilience. The audience laps it all up with standing ovation during the final song.
What a strong way to end the Condensed Sweetened night at The Milk Factory!