Hatchie, Phoebe Go, Winter @ Jive, Adelaide 26/8/2022

Hatchie’s Giving The World Away album tour kicked off in Adelaide last night and what a show it was. It was a solid crowd who gathered to see some great music in the intimate surrounds of Jive nightclub in Adelaide’s west end.

If it wasn’t for a tour like this I doubt we would have been able to see and enjoy first act Winter (aka Samira Winter) who also is the guitarist in Hatchie’s band. Dream pop with a punk edge is what came to mind. Plenty of great songs in the set including single Atonement and Between You & I. There is plenty of great music to explore further on Spotify and let’s hope a return visit is on the cards.

Alt-pop artist Phoebe Go played a stellar set and it wasn’t until someone pointed it out that Phoebe Lou used to front Snakadaktal. Wow! There was something quite captivating about her music which won over a legion of new fans at Jive. Singles hey and we don’t talk were fantastic but the Chris Isaak cover of Wicked Game was really something else. Phoebe seemed to be relishing in the fact that the crowd was really digging her music and said that night one of the tour “makes me feel cool”.

Hatchie is an incredible singer, songwriter and performer and made up for a long absence from being able to play in Adelaide. This tour was mostly focused on her new album Giving The World Away. This album is next level and it still surprises why the rest of the world has not caught on with mastery of Hatchie. It really is indie-pop perfection. Opening with new tunes Don’t Leave Me In The Rain and This Enchanted was followed by Obsessed from her debut.

The laser light projections were really cool but it would have been great to see a little more of the band as well especially being in a more intimate venue such as Jive. It was quite dark for most of the show. Nevertheless, the music was fantastic and as Hatchie (aka Harriette Pilbeam) promised the set would be a mix of old and new. It is hard to believe that the Sugar & Spice EP is almost five years old. It was great hearing Try from it and later in the set Sure which closed her set.

Hatchie said she was a bit nervous playing The Key for the first time, sounded great. The new songs really do shine particularly with the likes of the title track, Quicksand, The Rhythm and Lights On. The Jennifer Paige cover Crush was brilliant and sounded better than the original. Finishing on Her Own Heart and Sure completed this night of indie-pop perfection. Be sure to catch Hatchie on this tour.

Live Review By Rob Lyon