The Metro Theatre
There is a certain expression that Matt Corby pulls when he’s about to go for a big note. He steps about a metre back from the mike, grips the neck of his guitar and his face contorts and tightens. Then the almighty yell is released: a fierce, rasping growl that is torn from his throat whilst he shakes his head, as if he’s wringing every last scrap of volume from it that he can.
It is impressive. And he deploys it quite a lot throughout his set.
It’s the last night of Corby’s ‘Winter’ tour, which saw him hop across the country playing some major venues, a further notch on his belt after storming into the limelight with hit Brother last December. His transition from Australian Idol darling to indie cool kid is now complete, judging by the number of hipster beards in the audience tonight.
Supports We Are The Birdcage delivered a set of warm acoustic folk tunes, before Alpine gave a lacklustre performance of their peculiar brand of alt-rock.
It was packed to capacity by the time Corby shuffled on to the stage. Opening with Song For, he stacked up layers of guitar with loop pedals whilst spreading his voice thin over the acoustic hum. Joined by his band, they moved quickly into the thumping drums and clangy guitars of Winter, delivering his first guttural yells of the evening- his own vocal atom bomb.
The songs swung from his earlier EP’s to his most recent- Into The Flame– throwing the crashing epic of Brother into the middle of the set. Wolf yells were elicited from the audience as the familiar notes rang out. In what was the standout song from the set, the band raced to an incredible, furious jam amidst strobing lights.
Bringing it back with acoustic Big Eyes, featuring Bree Tranter (fromerly of The Middle East) on vocals, they then closed with the blistering jam of Souls A’Fire. The ending was frenzied, Corby screaming and shaking above an earthquake of toms and bass.
The band toasted the audience before their encore, taking a shot before blasting into My False, which saw Alpine jump back on stage for the last chorus before everything plunged into black and suddenly it was all over.
A brilliant set from a highly talented musician.