Broods @ The Hi-Fi, 30th November
Energy is high at The Hifi as everyone gathers to see the re-scheduled return of New Zealand brother/sister duo, Broods. After a killer set at Splendour in the Grass 2014 and the release of their critically acclaimed debut album Evergreen, Australia has fallen in love with the sweet and sorrowful songs that make up the divine sounds of Broods.
I am glad that I get to the venue in time to see the impressive support show from Brisbane band MTNS. Their atmospheric electronic sound creates a unique vibe throughout The Hifi; my friend gets weak at the knees from the lead singer’s soft yet powerful voice. The venue is getting more crowded by the minute and, as the DJ plays old-school hits like Hollaback Girl and Get Ur Freak On and a couple of extremely drunk party-goers nearly start a fight, it is set to be a great night indeed.
The music slows and the lights come on as Georgia and Caleb Nott step onto the stage to incredible roaring applause. I’ve seen many different crowds at concerts before, but I don’t think I have ever seen a crowd adore such an artist as much as this group. Opening the set with tracks from Evergreen, including Everytime and Killing You, the crowd get more and more into it; even with songs that don’t require that much dancing, everybody finds a way. If you have ever listened to a Broods track before, they usually follow the same structure – a slow, beautiful beginning which moves into an emotionally charged chorus – and hearing this live for the first time is absolutely incredible. Bridges is met with acclaim from every person in the room, but the show-stealer was none other than Georgia standing on stage by herself doing an emotional, acoustic rendition of Four Walls. For once, everyone in the venue stopped talking and embraced the beautiful vibe of such a gifted artist. There have been many memorable acoustic show-stealers in my time, from Hayley Mary from The Jezabels doing a slow but moving piano rendition of Disco Biscuit Love to Dallas Green covering P!nk‘s I Try; however, Georgia Nott has definitely managed to top that list with her beautiful version of this song.
After performing a brand new song, Deep End (which sounds absolutely amazing), Broods end the set with L.A.F. and Coattails, which are met with awkward family dancing that is an instant crowd pleaser. It doesn’t take much to bring Broods back onto the stage for an encore, mainly because everybody is just so loud. The highlights of the album, Superstar and Mother & Father, close the show.
There is no doubt that Broods have made their way into our hearts and our iTunes, and they show no sign of slowing down any time soon.