I moved to Sydney four years ago this week. A few weeks after arriving, Amanda and I went to a Spoon gig at the Metro (sadly this just predates A Reminder…so no review). Shortly after we arrived a support band called Dappled Cities Fly took to the stage. Amanda and I were both pretty impressed and spent the journey home discussing which singer we thought was better. Little did I know that four years on (and about a dozen Dappled gigs later) this young band (minus the “Fly”) would be one of my favourite Australian discoveries since moving to Sydney.
As it turns out, last night’s gig at the Metro was one of those “life has come full-circle” moments for me. Next month Amanda and I are leaving Sydney and moving to my hometown (maybe not permanently…we’ll see) so seeing Dappled Cities on the same stage I saw them four years ago was kind of totally perfect. In 2005 they were supporting Spoon. In 2009 they headlined and sold out the very same venue under their own steam. It was a triumphant hometown gig and one I’ll remember for a while. I’m sure the band will too.
As the band took the stage to thunderous applause you could tell that this gig (their biggest to date) meant a lot to the five guys. Zounds has just hit the shops, The Price is all over the place and by all accounts the Wall Of Zounds tour has been going great. Throughout the gig the band seemed genuinely surprised and incredibly thrilled with their reception. Even as the opening song Colour Coding was beset by technical problems before properly taking off, it was met with nothing but enthusiasm from the crowd. And once the band finally got going they didn’t let up for ninety minutes.
Dappled played a solid mix from all three records, including an early airing of Peach and Cream from their underrated debut, A Smile both of which were better than they’ve ever been. The new songs went down a treat as well. Despite only being out for a week, Zounds tracks like The Price and The Night Is Young At Heart were met with rapturous singalongs/applause.
Late in the set the band dropped Holy Chord which has been a live favourite of mine for years now but last night’s performance was the best I’ve ever seen, largely due to the crowd’s enthusiasm. When the band returned for an encore they donned their light suits for The Price and Apart, one of the highlights of Zounds. The band then returned for an unplanned encore of Stepshadows which Tim described as a “farewell song.” It was a pretty fitting last song for me.
Of the many Dappled gigs I’ve seen, I’ve never seen them this good. First off, from an “extras” point of view, the simple projections and extra lights worked great. But more importantly, the new material has brought some new life to older songs, the boys are getting better on their instruments, and their willingness to experiment with their songs in a live setting mean that every song sounds fresh even if I’ve heard it live countless times. They are simply getting better and better.
The Night Is Young At Heart
Fire Fire Fire
Answer Is Zero
My photos from the gig here.