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Eight venues across Brisbane’s entertainment precinct in Fortitude Valley were literally transformed into what can only be described as the Australian version of Austin’s South By Southwest. Over 80 acts showcased across two nights, with over 2500 punters and international delegates checking out the latest Australian, Canadian and New Zealand acts in very intimate surrounds.

TEMPO HOTEL: The Psychs, The Mercy Beat, The Getaway Plan, Trial Kennedy, Numbers Radio

Tempo Hotel is tonight a showcase for three already well known artists, alongside them is one of Brisbane’s hardest working unearthed artists as well as a promising up and coming band from New Zealand. Industry types mill around pre-show discussing the days events and when The Psychs wander onstage only a couple dedicated fans stand front and centre.

They launch straight into a great party track called Blanks, followed shortly by Crying Shame. Having only formed mid last year, the 60s style surf pop Auckland quartet command a stage presence that is clearly the result of plenty of rehearsal and a good inter-band relationship. Lead man Jaisi Sheehan rocks his way through This Dance before realising its perhaps a bit warm for a crushed blue velvet jacket. Mary proves to be a great brooding pop tune with clean instrumentals and vocals. Gee I’s strong drum line is another favourite and Roaches shows a grungier and cheeky side to this young band.


The Mercy Beat not only hold the title for one of Brisbane’s busiest unsigned acts, but also the best name for a debut release in How to Shampoo A Yak. They’ve come a long way in a few short years and they play to a near capacity room. No Yeats No Crown is a smart choice to start on with Tinnitus and The Ancient Robot Calculatron following in quick succession with screeching vocals, powerful guitar riffs and thundering drums. 50 and Fishbowl leave us with tinnitus of our own.


The Getaway Plan got huge, broke up, reformed, and haven’t played a show in eight months due to a busy recording schedule in Toronto. Their showcase here is somewhat of a rebirth, though the music they play hasn’t changed a bit. Reckoning displays the heavy drum and bass lines that have earnt them so many fans and The Hardest Part rolling ups, downs and building crescendos keep the punters on their toes. Moving On starts slow and soulful but builds into a powerful song about learning from love lost, and truly showcases Matthew Wright’s vocal talent. When they play Night Has Only Started and Where The City Meets The Sea it’s like they never left.


Trial Kennedy have been kicking around Australia since 2002, garnering quite a following along the way. As Done Before begins the group show a collection and composure on stage that is testament to their dedication to their craft. Strange Behaviour , Living Undesigned and Exology all came think and fast with limited messing about between songs.Tim Morrison delivers with his powerful vocals and the heavy beat of  Rest Room gives drummer Richard Buxton a chance to show off too. Best Of Tomorrow has the vast majority of the crowd singing along but by the time Neighbours starts the crowd has thinned.


Numbers Radio feature the heavy riffs and dominant vocals of frontman Dave Orr and Robbie Carlyon, underpinned by the phenomenal stickwork of Mark Henman. _Come On_  is followed by Lost Boys and Final Days enticed some of the crowd back through the doors and onto the dancefloor. Condone is backed up by another recent track White Light and crowd favourites Boring and Automatic. Just when the set should have ended they squeeze one last song in, and show a bit of a different side with Fire, a rollicking old northern American style track, showing influences artists like Frank Zappa and The Who.

Written by Richard Middleditch

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