It was a polo shirt extravaganza at Thebarton Theatre between two of Australia’s finest indie-pop bands Ball Park Music and San Cisco and up and comer Ruby Fields. The gig had been sold out for weeks and rightly so making for a pleasant change finally seeing them play in a much larger venue such as the iconic Thebarton Theatre. It was a Friday night and the atmosphere was switched to party mode.
Ruby Fields got the night off to a flying start to an enthusiastic crowd that assembled early to she play. First time for me and I was right royally impressed. Hot damn! Awesome voice, awesome sound and for those who missed her check out her new single Dinosaur. There’s no doubt that Ruby Fields has an incredibly bright future.
San Cisco were next and it was great seeing them up on the big stage and they looked right at home. Their set list was terrific and its not until you see them live when you realise how many great songs they have that were played back to back. The pop machine unleashed The Distance, Beach and SloMo in quick succession. Wash It All Away was dedicated to all the fucked up relationships out there and there was some loud cheers for popular old tune Golden Revolver. It took me a while to work out what the deal was with the polo shirt look for which Jordi Davieson explained they were going for the PE teacher, physio look and basically bringing the polo shirt back. Hey, Did I Do You Wrong was huge and so was no single When I Dream.
The vocal interplay in Awkward is brilliant and one of many highlights in their set. There was plenty of admiration for Thebarton Theatre and yes indeed it s a beautiful venue. Run brought the house down and with a plug for their DJ set at Fat Controller there was only time for a couple more in Fred Astaire and Too Much Time Together. It was fantastic set and they really did cram a lot in to seventy five minutes.
Ball Park Music arrived to like a heroes welcome on stage and what is pleasing is that they really have stepped up their game looking ever so comfortable up there on the big stage. Their set was full of back to back gold opening with The End Times before showering the crowd with confetti and kicking collective arses with The Everything Is Shit Except My Friendship With You. The intensity in the room rose with The Perfect Life Does Not Exist and Nihilist Party Anthem. Front man Sam Cromack was adamant that the polo shirt extravaganza was their idea and seemed like some really cool tour fun between both bands. How good was Surrender? Bloody good, absolutely love that song. The pace was brought back down a bit with Coming Down with Cromack explaining that Next Life Already was a song for those who have no idea what’s going on in their life.
It’s Nice To Be Alive was given the acoustic touch up and Cromack reflected briefly on what is was like to be playing Thebarton Theatre for the first time. Bad Taste Blues, Part II was great and Adelaide brought the house down on She Only Loves Me When I’m There. It wouldn’t be a Ball Park Music show without set staples Alligator and Fence Sitter. Big single Hands Off My Body whipped the crowd in to a frenzy. Ball Park Music were absolutely killing it even though drummer Daniel Hanson was suffering the effects of tonsillitis. More hits to raise the level of epic-ness with Tripping The Light Fantastic and Sade Rude Future Dude. The visual on screen said “Are You In A Good Mood?” Well, hard not to be after that. The crowd chants “one more song, one more song” repeatedly returning with Literally Baby and something extra special for Adelaide which hadn’t been done anywhere else. There’s plenty of love for Ball Park Music in Adelaide and hearing the band and the crowd sing The Beatles cover Hey Jude was fantastic and a brilliant way to finish off what was a fantastic night with Cromack throwing out his sweat filled polo shirt to a lucky fan in the crowd.
Live Review by Rob Lyon