– by Aliza Caruso
High Learys, Friday 3 October at The Bakery
Supported by: Thee Gold Blooms, Custom Royal, Vivian Marlowe
With support from groovy surf-rockers Thee Gold Blooms (keep your eyes open this December for the release of their guaranteed-to-be-your-new-favourite Aussie album of the year) and the ever energetic, very loud and rather dapper Custom Royal, live painting, and a special performance from the seductive goddess of burlesque herself, Vivian Marlowe, there was no doubt The Bakery was the place to be Friday night.
Adorning the stage with their flamboyant button-ups and pristine hairdos, The High Learys kicked off their fifteen-song set with album opener ‘Ain’t No Fire’ which saw master of the organ, Michael Nutt, stealing the spotlight from enigmatic and energetic frontman Jamie Turner, and owning it. If there’s one thing Perth needs, it’s more cool dudes with cool organ solos.
Next up instrumental jam ‘Downtime’ welcomed The Beehives Go-Go dancers onstage, complete with twistin’, shimmyin’ and booty shakin’, these ladies really know how to boogie and the crowd loved them for it.
After a fab cover of The Clovers’ doo-wop hit ‘Love Potion No.9’ which had everyone joining in, The High Learys introduced catchy new track ‘I’m A Fool For You’, the b-side to newest single ‘Clear My Mind’. A sixth musician was called up to play keys especially for the smooth, colourful single debut. This opened the door to an exciting preview of brand new material, including ‘You Know He Did’, opening with newbie Matt Passmore on guitar, and boogie-woogie wonder song ‘Westminster Bohemian’.
The High Learys closed their main set with album favourites ‘You’ve Got What I Need’ and arguably the grooviest song in town ‘Let You Down’ which you couldn’t not dance to even if you tried. Even though someone sat on and broke the harmonica, ‘Let You Down’ was definitely a highlight of the night.
After a wild applause from the crowd, hollering for more, the band returned for two more groove-inducing tracks before making their final exit offstage leaving behind an audience beaming from ear to ear because that was the most fun they’ve had all week.
Even if the upbeat, energetic, 60s influenced boogie beats of The High Learys isn’t your style, you can’t deny they know how to put on a damn good a show.
If you’re not familiar with the High Learys (where have you been?) then check out their music on bandcamp