Seventy people in a room, it doesn’t sound very intimate, but when it’s a Parlour gig, intimacy is the only feeling and it’s experienced by all.
It was a pretty cold Wednesday night, but it was nothing a spicy mulled wine and sea of blankets couldn’t cure. The vibe was cosy, the sound was controlled and it felt like you were in band practice with Alex Gow, aka Oh Mercy. Since returning home to Melbourne (after months of writing and recording in the US) the singer/songwriter performed a very raw, very engaging and a very modest show.
Armed with just a guitar, his quivering falsetto and the occasional orchestral backing by violinist, Cecilia, it was a vulnerable performance, yet Gow appeared fearless, comfortable and amusingly dorky. Jokes were weaved-in and shameless plugs were thrown around but really, everybody just left feeling enlightened.
Between each song, Gow spoke openly about the album and the lyrical inspiration behind each track; ‘I Don’t Really Want To Know’ comes from the pretty relatable feeling of dread when running into an old flame or friend only to discover they’ve found love and have successfully procreated. There was another song, apparently about a nun (?) it was all very lax, a lot of mulled wine was consumed.
But that’s the beauty of a Parlour gig, there are zero fucks given, absolute freedom, creative expression and of course amazing music.
Tripod Featured Gig
Catherine Britt Featured Gig
Dallas Fracsa performing in the Parlour Office.
We got to check out one of Ed Kuepper/The Aint's Parlour Gigs.
We spoke to Kav Temperley of Eskimo Joe at Plug Seven Records on Smith Street, to dig some dirt on his favourite records.
Spending an afternoon listening to Gena Rose Bruce made us all very happy at Parlour HQ!
Katy Steele (Little Birdy) In the Parlour
A night with Aaron Gocs!
Furphy Gig at the Geelong Brewery
Furphy Gig at Geelong Brewery
Furphy Gig at Geelong Brewery with The Kite Machine
Furphy Gigs with Gymnastics in the Seventies
Featured Gig with Jodi and Trish from The Clouds
Bread, Milk & Vinyl with Ella Thompson
Featured Gig with Mia Dyson in Kew
Featured Gig with Didirri
Featured Gig with Guttermouth
Featured Gig with Jordie Lane & Clare Reynolds
Impromptune with Oh Mercy
Under the Covers (UTC) with Francesca Gonzales
Under the Covers (UTC) with Naomi Keyte
Featured Gig with Harry James Angus - I Saw Red
Masterclef with The Little Stevies
House Tour with Barry Morgan
Featured Gig with Oh Mercy
Featured Gig with Lisa Mitchell - California (Phantom Planet Cover)
Masterclef with Didirri
Featured Gig with Little Georgia - Oh California
House Tour with Josh Cashman
Impromptune with Skyscraper Stan
Under the Covers (UTC) with Tracy McNeill & Dan Parsons
Featured Gig with Jack Carty