A Dead Forest Index @ 107 Projects 2/8/13
Like any Friday night in Sydney, the city comes alive with 1000’s of people packing out every bar, club and alcohol filled space imaginable. Young wide eyed teens flock to the cross looking for the time of their lives, yuppies working in crowded offices seek crowded bars to socialise in and music fans go flicking through gig guides searching for new sounds to fill their heads with.
As a member of the latter, I had my night mapped out to see Melbourne duo A Dead Forest Index at a community arts space in Redfern. The event, which was held by Independent music company Octopus Pi was in a quiet room within the building used by 107 Projects. Dressed with vintage furniture sitting on top of equally vintage rugs, milk bottle lanterns, carpet on the walls, and a 60’s psych soundtrack playing in the background, The room was small enough to create an intimate and cozy setting whilst giving the audience and performers more than enough space to feel comfortable. That said, the welcomed option of BYO at a gig is always enough to make me feel comfortable.
The first act for the night, Super Galaxies were a dream pop inspired duo from the Blue Mountains. Ignoring the understandable nerves of playing their first live show, this sweet duo played with a melodic feel coming straight from their hearts. Even though it was a short set with a couple false starting songs, these two clearly have a lot of love and passion for what they do. With that I can only see them getting better and stronger with every performance, hopefully they keep at it and we’ll get to see more of them soon.
After Super Galaxies was local band Broadcasting Transmitter. I don’t know what to say about these guys, except they we’re unlike anything I had ever heard before. Rattling banging drums, blaring distorsion and screeching, squealing guitar all wired together by a spaghetti of cables, pedals and other electronic dials, boxes and switches. The intensity of the noise blasting out of the amps held a strong juxtaposition of feelings and emotions. Whilst part of me wanted to run out of the room like an old man from all the ear piercing sounds, I was strongly fixated by the amount of energy and intensity these guys we’re creating. It made me angry and happy, confused but enlightened, bored but entertained all at the same time. Not something I would listen to on the way to work, but definitely a musical experience that will stand out in my mind for a long time.
Following the anarchy of Broadcasting Transmitter was a much more mellow set by the blissful shoegaze sounds of local outfit Devotional. I was fairly impressed with these guys. Although looking to be a little lost without their 3rd member, the sweet voice of the lead singer Madelaine Lucas was a pleasure to listen to. As the band dreamily floated through their set a couple hitches arose at the beginning of a couple songs, but nothing worthy of displeasure from the crowd.
Final act and headliners of the night were Melbourne two piece A Dead Forest Index. Front man and lead vocalist Adam Sherry began the set by lighting six candles on top of a small amplifier at the back of the stage. Once lit, the band got started. With Adam’s strong but soft vocals backed up by brother Sam’s thumping drums, these two sure know how to hold an audiences attention. Flowing from song to song with a peaceful ease, A Dead Forrest Index were a pleasure to both watch and listen too. Using pedals to create layered vocals and padded drumsticks to dampen the drums thump, it was great to see a band play so confidently without a cliche ego sidelining. Its a shame that such a great sounding band has such few songs, as the set was short but sweet. That said, all good things take time. Lets hope that in time this underrated band creates more music to grace our lives with.
A night of great independent music with a crowd solely consisting of appreciative music listeners, big thanks goes out to the team at Octopus Pi for putting it on and of course, all the artists who played. I look forward to the next time!