GIG REVIEW: Alex the Astronaut | Sydney | 22.11.18

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Last Thursday night, I headed along to the Factory Theatre to see Alex the Astronaut during her Sydney leg of 'The Space' tour.

The first support act was Violet (Sydney-based artist Jessica Meier.) From behind her milk crate keyboard stand, she projected a big, maudlin & moody voice. The performance was a nice balance of bass guitar, electronic percussions and vocals. She was joined onstage by a bassist who blended well with her powerful, deep vocals. 'BOXES/HOUSES' was a great example of power with restraint and was a standout of the set.

The second support was Hachiku (Melbourne-based artist Anika Ostendorf.) From the moment she came up on stage, I was immediately intrigued by this softly spoken, bespectacled pixie. She filled the air with her soft dreamy sounds. Her performance had a wonderful sense of being slightly awkward, delicate and broken. As interesting as her own material was, I really enjoyed her awesome cover of 'Dreams' by The Cranberries.

Before Alex the Astronaut made her way onto the stage, I could tell by the look in their eyes of the crowd just how excited they were to see her play. She returned the love, engaging the adoring crowd with intimate banter. It was clear she had a bond with them like that of old friends. Her lovely guitar strumming melodies of 'Already Home' got the crowd going and everyone jostled for space in front of the stage. With a beaming smile, she gave an energetic and joyful performance of 'Happy Song', which was a standout on the night.

It was great to see a performer so relaxed and confident in her artistic skills. A true storyteller, Alex the Astronaut is an amazing singer/songwriter and I would highly recommend checking out her live shows if you get the chance.

Photos and Words by Joshua Pike

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