Finally! Boy & Bear made it back to Adelaide for two shows to celebrate the album Suck On Light which was released pre-pandemic and new single State Of Flight. This show was exceptional in every sense of the word and their collection of songs presented on the night was pieced together like a perfectly woven tapestry. I’ve admired the music of this band since they first started touring and they continue to get better and better with each release.
It was definitely a real treat to see them play in more intimate surrounds such as Lion Arts Factory because there is no doubt they’ll be playing bigger theatres on their next tour. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday evening to be honest. For the next ninety minutes their set traversed four studio albums plus a couple of other nice surprises.
With an unassuming and low key build up the band emerged from backstage to start proceeding s with Lordy May followed by Feeding Line and Limit Of Love. Front man Dave Hosking commented that it was a privilege to be back on the road doing what that love doing adding that they would be playing a few off their new album Suck On Light as they had not been able to tour it for obvious reasons. Off My Head was fantastic as was the banter between Hosking and drummer Tim Hart was funny particularly how they describe their ‘plutonic’ relationship.
Old favs Old Town Blues and Harlequin Dream went down a treat and Vesuvius had not been played before up until this tour. There was plenty of love in the room for Boy & Bear with plenty of punters yelling that out with Hosking saying “I can die knowing that guy loves me!” Hart reflected burning three hundred calories an hour on drums and not knowing where the direction where shows would go with the conversations that come up. Chris Issak cover Wicked Game was splendid and one of many highlights in the set.
It was great to hear the likes of Big Man, Three Headed Woman and Milk & Sticks in their set which was followed by newish tune Hold Your Nerve. New single State Of Flight is an absolute gem and maybe a nod to the direction the next album might take. The set finished on Walk The Wire and at that point one could be content with what was experienced. So good! Returning for an encore it was Crowded House’s Fall At Your Feet with a snippet of Neil Young’s Heart Of Gold leaving us on Southern Sun and a promise that they would be back soon.
Live Review By Rob Lyon