Given that it is the first year that official Bigsound showcases have been scheduled for the Tuesday night across Brisbane's Fortitude Valley, punters have wasted no time in getting into the gruelling swing of racing between venues to catch buzz acts. We kicked off our night in style with the sultry, cinematic sounds of Jess Ribeiro, who eased us into the night at the Black Bear Lodge.
Next cab off the rank were the much touted West Thebarton, who made a definite impact with FOUR guitarists and a whole lot of fist-pumping. Did they need four guitars? Probably not, but it was a spectacle that drew plenty of response from the enthusiastic crowd.
Brisbane locals WAAX (they joked they could have thrown their instruments over the fence into the Brightside carpark from their backyard) completely owned the stage, with singer Maria DeVita staking the stage like a seasoned pro. WAAX were tight and powerful, and completely owned Bigsound Day One. Another much-hyped act was busy owning the stage at Oh Hello, Cronulla artist Ruby Fields, who lived up to the hype with her likeable, personal indie rock. Fields plays a mean guitar, and her band holds their own beneath her adorably honest lyrics.
Over at the New Globe, St Kilda punks Amyl and The Sniffers pulled a large crowd to witness what was promised to be a "sharpie punk" experience. It turned out to be more solid, raw-as-fuck punk than gimmick, but the mullets and comedy banter were fresh enough not to detract from what was a fresh, energetic take on Melbourne's endless obsession with '80s subculture. Closing off our night were Norwegian indie rockers Sløtface, who played their first Aussie show ever tonight. Their tight, melodic songs carried them through what was a slightly underwhelming set, and it will be interesting to see how they fare on a different stage with a good night's sleep under their belts.
All-in-all, the first night of Bigsound delivered gender-diversity in spades, and frankly, it was breath of fresh air to see so many female artists pulling solid crowds.
All photos by Matt Coyte.