Miami Horror took to the stage on Saturday night at The Wooly Mammoth in Brisbane for a sold out show. The indie-electronica luminaries have been celebrating being back in Australia by playing shows across Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Hobart this August, with only two more shows to go, the bands on the last leg of the All Possible Futures tour.
Buzz-worthy Brisbane-based producer/singer JOY hit the stage with her powerful and chilling vocals. This girl is a force to be reckoned with, at just 17 after releasing her single Stone, in one day she had over 10,000K hits on youtube. Following JOY was the talented Young Franco whose CV includes appearances at Splendour, Falls Festival and Listen Out. Franco got the crowd loud and rowdy, never have I witnessed a DJ dance so much, and not to mention whiles wearing a button up partnered with a suit. No doubt he was a sweaty mess under that bad boy. Finishing his set off with a bang, Franco wrapped with a song he wrote and co produced with previous performer JOY.
For me, once Miami Horror took to the stage it went downhill from there. Sure they looked the part, all wearing their ultimate party shirts as the background flashed with images that reminded me of the TV show Saved By the Bell but as soon as they began to play the opening song American Dream it was hard to distinguish whether Aaron Shanahan was actually speaking or making weird bedroom noises.
Joining them on stage later on in the set was long-time collaborator and regular Miami Horror guest vocalist Cleopold. Cleopold took to the stage to sing Love like mine but unfortunately lacked any staged presence and just looked at his feet the entire time. In an attempt to get the crowd more pumped Josh Moriarty took to the floor to mingle with the crowd, moving from table top to table top as he danced, unfortunately the act went un-noticed by the crowd but I appreciated how much he got into the show.
All in all I put the performance down to technical issues which happened quite a few times during their set. The band’s latest album All Possible Futures is definitely worth a listen and I look forward to seeing them again, hopefully in a better atmosphere.