Aug 22, 2014

Jonathan Boulet @ Goodgod Small Club


An interesting conundrum when a band or artist changes their sound. Sometimes it can be confounding and even confronting. Jonathan Boulet has been one of my favourite Australian artists of recent times. His first two albums were full of exquisite melody and supreme joy. Then he departed for Europe, Berlin. Which would produce album number three in "Gubba" released this year. It's a doom laden sledgehammer of an album. I am actually still coming to terms with it. It smacks you on the head and there is little room for light. But it is exciting in parts and there are some great tunes.

Which is sort of how their return Sydney show at Goodgod on Thursday night felt. Clocking in at short of an hour it was a heavy, banging night of dark and powerful tunes. Some worked and some felt a little lacking in subtlety. I really liked "Hold It Down" and "You're A Man" in particular but it was definitely two older numbers that took my complete attention. "You're A Animal" and "Trounce" were played as heavily as they probably ever have been but they were huge adrenalin shots that elevated the night in my opinion. Still, Boulet is certainly an exciting talent. I can't wait too see where his next steps lead him to.

Set List
Don't Call Me Champ
High Five Guy
Is Anybody Dooming?
Hold It Down
Lipshitz
You're A Man
B.O.G.
Alright
Stand By Your Man
Set It Off
Strut King
Derros
You're A Animal
Trounce
Creeper

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