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Lachlan Kanoniuk Joined: 9th December 2010
Last seen: 12th December 2013

My Morning Jacket @ The Palace

Lachlan Kanoniuk's picture
Lachlan Kanoniuk Joined: 9th December 2010
Last seen: 12th December 2013

 

At the 2008 Bonnaroo Music Festival My Morning Jacket performed what could well be defined as one of the most legendary festival sets of all time. The four-hour long star-studded jam was the culmination of the Kentucky outfit’s slow-burning reputation as one of the greatest live bands in the world. Australian audiences have since fantasised about experiencing such a performance – with the band’s 2009 Big Day Out appearance shunted to an early-afternoon, minor stage timeslot (they still ruled, though). With the band booked for Byron Bay Bluesfest, tonight’s indoors performance provided a satisfying consolation.

 

Engaging in any banter in regards to Dawes’ homophonous title would be selling them short. The Californian outfit turned out to be the long-overdue answer to Mumford & Sons’ faux-Americana drivel, providing a more than satisfying surprise for the uninitiated. Very much worshipping at the alter of CSN&Y and Simon & Garfunkel, without verging on overly derivative territory. Their musical adeptness made for the perfect complement to the night’s headliners.

 

Gracing the stage with what appeared to be a Darth Vader-like chest apparatus, Jim James opened the set in accordance with the band’s most recent album Circuital – leading with LP opener Victory Dance into the title track. Each element to the music was spring-loaded with purpose – every single percussion strike resonated beyond reproach.

 

Evil Urge standout I’m Amazed was the evening’s first non-Circuital track, and proceeded to be performed with an effortless aplomb. Such breezy proficiency forms into a double-edged blade, sometimes failing to translate into intimacy while the audience digests such a ostensibly flawless display.

 

Touch Me I’m Going To Scream Pt. 2 was a triumph, its palpable groove emanating throughout the multi-tiered Palace, verging on an all-out dance jam.

 

Despite a lack of spontaneity and fun found in their elongated festival slots, Jim James and co. managed to pull off a flawless display of live rock and roll in all its glory – doing little to diminish their reputation as one of the world’s greatest live acts.

 

BY LACHLAN KANONIUK

 

LOVED: Jim’s (or is it still Yim?) heavenly voice.
HATED:
It being indoors and on a hump day.

DRANK: In moderation.