Gold Fields

Sat 13 Jul 2013,


Gig Reviews,






Ballarat boys return to Aussie stages to bring the noise

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You can rely on a stint in the US to build up excitement for a band at home, and coupled with Gold Fields’ growing reputation as one of the best live acts in the country, it means anticipation is running high tonight at the Corner.

The Ballarat five-piece are here to tout their debut album, Black Sun, the electro-pop of which is rendered much more mighty live. After an instrumental introduction that further builds up the momentum, they open their percussion-heavy set with fan favourite ‘Thunder’. Instantly, there’s movement on and all around the stage. On the album, ‘Thunder’ doesn’t come across as being the most upbeat track, but live tonight the vigour is high and sets the tone for the rest of the hour-long set.

‘Meet My Friends’ sees the band adeptly deal with a technical difficulty and – along with their cover of Underworld’s ‘Born Slippy’ that has become a staple in the live set – goes on to be the best vehicle for Mark Fuller’s resonant voice. The tribal beats consistent throughout the set result from the interaction between drummer Ryan D’Sylva and percussionist Rob Clifton; a dynamic that’s captivating to watch.

‘Happy Boy’ gives Luke Peldys’ bass and Vin Andanar’s guitar the opportunity to shine through amidst a mostly percussion-driven set. The song also showcases sophisticated harmonisation between Fuller’s lead and the backing vocals of Andanar. Coupled with ‘Closest I Could Get’, ‘Happy Boy’ is by far the highlight of the set.

With some acts, such high energy on stage can come across as forced. Gold Fields are not one of those acts and their own enjoyment of playing to a home crowd (we’ll accept them as Melburnian) is infectious. Living up the hype of being one of the very best live bands in the country is an immense task to undertake. It’s lucky then, that Gold Fields are well equipped to do so.

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By Ruby Pivet   |  

Gold Fields details

The Corner Hotel

57 Swan St

Richmond 3121

Nearby Stations: Richmond; East Richmond

Telephone 02 9427 9198

Price $20.00

Date Sat 13 Jul 2013

Open 8.30pm

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