One of Australia’s rising rock acts Holy Holy built on their stellar live reputation with another superb show at Fat Controller. They were joined by solo indie songwriter Alex L’Strange and, in a late announcement, rising Adelaide star Jesse Davidson.
Alex L’Strange had a basic set up, simply a stratocaster into a Fender valve amp and vocals. This minimalist set up worked a treat and demonstrated how sublime a Strat can sound, in comparison with a standard acoustic set up. His vocals sounded strong and clear with interesting social narrative elements in the lyrics with the guitar had a Jeff Buckley-esque reverb to it. Tripwire was one of the more memorable songs on his setlist. The singer songwriter field is a competitive one and as good as Alex is, it’s hard to see him truly cutting through. As an artist he is talented and engaging and he is hot right now, but for how long could depend on his next set of songs and his capacity to come up with a sharper earworm.