-by Luke Keatinge
Jeremy Neale, the soulful and energetic front-man of Brisbane band Velociraptor has been touring the country this November with his latest EP Let Me Go Out In Style. With support from one of Perth’s most exciting young bands Methyl Ethel, as well as promising Triple J-Unearthed group Ah Trees, Neale hit Perth last Saturday night with a show at Jack Rabbit Slims in Northbridge.
The night began with Ah Trees, a local, alternative six-piece who impressed the early crowd with a set of indie-rock jams and grungy vocals. Their debut single ‘Bodies’ was a favourite, with its airy, dream-like sounds and psychedelic vibes amping the place up for a fun night of music. After a short break, the much-buzzed Perth trio Methyl Ethel took the stage to share their diverse repertoire with their growing fan base. In 2015 this young band has become a huge presence in the Australian independent music scene, and their performance on Saturday night reminded us why. With standout hits ‘Twilight Driving’ and ‘Rogues’, Methyl Ethel performed a string of rhythmically infectious tunes that captured the attention of everyone in the venue with their signature reverb-soaked guitar work and ambient vocals from lead singer Jake Webb.
After another short break, giving folks time to head into the vintage Jack Rabbits diner to grab a boozy shake and fries, the man of the hour Jeremy Neale finally jumped on stage and continued the good vibes with a super fun and dancy set. With a perfect balance of old favourites like ‘Darlin’’ and ‘Swing Left’, and hits from the new EP like ‘The News’ and title track ‘Let Me Go Out In Style’ – even sneaking in a super unexpected but incredibly fun cover of Australian Crawl’s classic ‘Errol’ – Neale played a diverse and vibrant set of feel-good tracks. With a four-piece backing band, including guitar, bass, drums and even a saxophone, the charismatic Brisbane musician brought the energy and flair of Velociraptor and coupled it with a powerful and creative solo-vision for a night of lively, 80s inspired alternative rock. Closing the set with the classic ‘In Stranger Times’,
Neale ended his set on a very high note, leaving the crowd in a state of excited glee and exhilarating joy.
As a big fan of Jeremy Neale’s band Velociraptor, this was the first time seeing him perform his solo material, and he did not disappoint. Bringing all the enthusiasm and confidence of the Raptors, Neale’s solo live show is a truly unique experience. Reminiscent of a kind of mix between the indie-popish vocals of bands like The Kooks, and the high energy of bands like The Jungle Giants and Vampire Weekend, Neale’s distinct sound is still something totally its own. Released in September, Neale’s new EP continues his run of vintage-sounding, catchy jams, and I definitely recommend checking it out for anyone into inspired indie Aussie music. With a first-rate venue and support from exciting Perth legends, Neale’s impressive set list and energetic stage presence made for an exciting Saturday night at Jack Rabbit Slims, and Neale truly went out in style, even sharing words with the crowd after the show. What a class act.
Photo Credit: Jeremy Neale