Jul 4, 2010

Dead Letter Chorus @ Sandringham Hotel

Familiar faces in new places made a cold Sydney Saturday night in Newtown just that much warmer. Dead Letter Chorus, not long returned from a successful trip to Canada, played near our home last night at a venue that I hope to return to again and again. The Sydney five piece, who always bring it live, were playing the last night of a short tour promoting their new single "Covered By Snow" and a slew of new material from their forthcoming new album that they are currently working on.

The Sandringham Hotel is a Sydney institution on King St, plying live music for many years. But they recently opened up a new space upstairs. A small but comfortable room with exposed brick and plenty of charm, it looks set to become a destination for many bands to play. Plus the lighting and sound was excellent as well. Perfect for Dead Letter Chorus who once again put on a enjoyable and fun night. As said, they gave us quite a lot of new material and it all went down a treat. Good to see the band expanding their sound as well. Long the masters of the sonic epics, such as the great "The Peaceful Sleep of Death", some of new material was a blend of folkier and poppier moments. I really loved "Run Wild" which was very percussive and rhythmical and also "Yellow House, Brown Dog" which was a stripped back almost folk number that prompted a singalong from the appreciative audience. Then there was also "Covered By Snow" which was strong and powerful live. Hopefully this song will continue to pick up radio airplay. For the encore it was a return to old times with Gabby starring on "Sally On Red" and Cam bringing it home on "Fathers And Daughters", where Canadian support Two Hours Traffic joined them on stage for the finale to a great and hugely enjoyable night.

Set List
I Belong To You
Everything Fades
Down In Your Valley
Oscar Moland
Run Wild
Magnolia Farm
The Peaceful Sleep Of Death
Yellow House, Brown Dog
Last Day
Covered By Snow

Sally In Red
Fathers And Daughters


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