Mammals were a more than fitting opening act for the night’s main attraction, as Guy Brown and his band serenaded their onlookers with the perfect blend of smooth alternative indie rock. They had enough attention not to be classed as background noise amongst the alcohol and sheer buzz of anticipation for what was to follow, so they earned their star of approval.
After a 45 minute interval consisting of people watching and Peroni drinking (contrary to popular belief, there was almost an equal number of males and females in attendance), the men of the hour took to the stage in their signature unenthused fashion and their adoring admirers sucked up every fibre of it.
Wasting no time and jumping right into crowd pleasers The City, Talk and Settle Down, Matty Healy greeted his subjects very briefly but very sweetly, throwing around the standard lines about Melbourne and it’s general greatness. No complaints though, as his voice is heaven through decibels and when you could manage to catch a note of it over the loudness of the crowd’s enthusiastic choir, a puppy was born.
As a band they don’t have much interaction or general movement to say the least, but this was all saved by Healy’s unapologetic signature hair flip and indie boy bop. To everyone’s surprise they had the perfectly unexpected addition of their saxophonist for Heart Out. A girl cried.
Winding things up starting with Girls, it was almost impossible to hear any vocals over the chanting. At one point Matty may have just stopped singing all together. After announcing their return to Australia in January to an entirely overjoyed bunch of screaming ladies and their brooding men, they wrapped up with their biggest hits, Chocolate and Sex. Those insanely endorphin inducing guitar riffs and melodies left the kind of happy ringing in your ears that lasts until you fall asleep.