The Creases have added to their growing reputation with a flawless performance at Fat Controller, cementing their place as one of the catchiest young bands going around.
Adelaide indie pop Venice Queens seem to have cultivated a small loyal local following. With fresh guitar sounds, a charismatic lead singer and engaging stage presence, they look like they’ll be a regular sight at local gigs and landing major support slots for a while.
Someone who perhaps didn’t quite get the reception he wanted was Jesse Davidson, long touted as the next big thing in Adelaide’s indie music scene. While perhaps his career hasn’t gone as well as he would have liked, Jesse is still very much a quality performer with his smooth vocals, wonderful guitar tone and his band’s clean professional sound. Despite a slower start and perhaps not an overly high energy gig, Davidson always seems to a bankable live performer and his final track “Can you find me?” has a really strong hook and is indicative of his talent.
The Creases are developing somewhat of a cult feel with their carefully curated image, their delirious loyal fans and the high energy that every performance seems to guarantee, not only on stage but in the audience. The whole band is on song with rich lead guitar riffs, searing synth hooks, great backups vocals by the bassist whose grooves also drive the songs and the singer Joe Agius’ effortless live presence. They do carry an aura a little bit like an Australian version of The Strokes, although their influences sound very early 90s British.
“Were Young” had great synth riffs and a memorable vocal refrain which was well received by the crowd. One of their best live songs is “Answer to” with a great upbeat tempo and groove and an almost timeless feel and another great chorus hook. However, the track which seems to quintessentially define The Creases is “Is It Love” which from start to finish is a very powerful song.
From their convincing live presence, very danceable songs, numerous catchy hooks and great performances all round, The Creases could become one of the best Australian bands of this era, if they haven’t already done so.