Slowly Slowly have currently been touring around Australia in celebration of their newest album Daisy Chain. Tonight in Sydney it’s the last stop of the tour as they play the Roundhouse. Hundreds of fans brave the autumn cold making their way into the venue for the night ahead.
First on stage not long after doors opened was Hevenshe which is the uplifting indie rock project from Jenna McDougall. Her chill vibe and calming deemener captivated the audience. Hevenshe songs have a unique storytelling ability to them as displayed in the reflective “these days” and honest “no one will ever love you”. As she played I was reminded of her band Tonight Alive playing the same venue back in 2014. Jenna herself even paused between songs to reminisce about seeing All American Rejects at the Roundhouse back in 2006. Hevenshe‘s set was full of peace and love giving a new musical outlet for Jenna. We are all here for her creative journey.
As the Roundhouse started to fill up with more people it became time for the next act. Melbourne pop punkers Between You & Me burst onto the stage with ferocious energy. After recently getting back from a USA tour it’s easy to see why this band is Australia’s best export when it comes to the pop punk genre. Between You & Me clearly their lives life a quarter mile at a time, providing a set full of high octane bangers. Bassy punk jumped his way into our hearts while Jake’s vocals gave us all butterflies. We got to hear the recently released song “nevermind” live and during “overthinking” a circle pit erupted. The set finished with both Jake and Bassy amongst the crowd for “Deadbeat”.
Next up was meant to originally be American band Turnover as main support but unfortunately they weren’t able to make the tour. Slowly Slowly took to the stage to huge cheers from the crowd. With vocalist Ben Stewart explaining for anyone who has been following us on social media you are in for a long haul. Referencing the fact that since Turnover was no longer able to make it Slowy Slowly will be playing a two hour set. What followed was a huge set that included playing their new album Daisy Chain in full amongst a heap of other fan favourites. Both Jake and Bassy from Between You & Me even joined Slowly Slowly on stage as guest singers. In the middle of the set Ben played on a small stage at the back of the room which gave us an intimate acoustic moment. Towards the end of the set they covered “I miss you” by Blink 182 giving the song an Aussie twang. The massive set ending with “blueprint”.
Tonight will quickly, quickly become a cherished memory for every Sydney Slowly Slowly fan in attendance.
(Photos by Christian Ross)