The proportion of empty floor space gradually converted to a room full of bodies, intentionally planning to come along or possibly a few stragglers making last minute plans on a Friday night. At the same time, the energy built with the melodic guitar laden and drum driven sounds of Bnash. Having only heard And She Said prior to this, the live delivery of music was much more animated than expected making this a nice little discovery.
From energy to ethereal, Vancouver Sleep Clinic performed for the first time outside of Brisbane blending the electronics and instruments on stage with poignant vocals. The mysterious and spacey stylings of work to be shared on the future EP release set for 2014 captivated to the point of forgetting about the change in tempo, introducing a breed of sleepy dreamy sounds.
Clearly humbled by the opportunity to perform to people in a room given the distance travelled, the origins from bedroom project to the formation of Vancouver Sleep Clinic only five months ago were acknowledged by Tim Bettinson with Vapour. All signs of something promising unravelling here, and with the recent announcement of the upcoming support slot for London Grammar, bigger and better things to come.
There was a bit of sentimental attachment toward the Workers Club that evening, with it being Vancouver Sleep Clinic’s first performance out of Brisbane and later reminiscing about the first Battleships show here. But off the back of supporting Boy and Bear, the return of Battleships to a more intimate venue was a perfect vehicle to appreciate the indie rock sounds that filled the air without the cold that plagued that very first show in Melbourne.
Battleships took to the stage with the haunting echoes and build into As You’d Begun, before the slower groove of Coming Back to You and captivating rolling rhythms of Collision (Head On). The contemplative and ethereal was balanced against force and energy, expertly moving between the evocative Another Way, the deceptively gentle start to Your Words before kicking in at the chorus and the formidable drums on Inside.
Striving for indie creativity, some quick stage rearrangements were made for a demonstration of multi instrumental talent through vast spacious sounds before reforming into original configurations to visit In Retrospect, the first song recorded by the band.
Proceedings came to an end all too soon, but the energy leading into the engrossing build and resolve of Take Your Rest that filled all corners of the room served as a fitting end to summate the night’s proceedings.