The Moments We Caught Feelings
Just before James (aka Vance) played ‘Red Eye’ he looked out into that endless crowd gathered in front of him, took a big breath and sighed “this is awesome”.
When Danny Brown dropped mic, and walked off stage before his set even got under way. Sound issues = we need tissues. (NB: He made it back on stage eventually - read about it here.)
When Mount Kimbie invited their mate and recent collaborator King Krule up on stage to play ‘You Took Your Time’. Naww, m8s!
When teen impresario Lorde pumped out the jams and the entire crowd chimed in as she sang her huge tune ‘Royals’.
Australia’s leading ‘Turn of the ’90s Corporate Synth Pop’ duo Client Liaison proved they really are about dat lyf: they power-dressed, dedicated a tune to Christopher Skase and handed out Ansett yoyos.
Massages are the New Black
Solo artist James Keogh aka Vance Joy told us he felt like he’d “plummeted back to ground” post-his tune ‘Riptide’ making it all the way to Number One in the Hottest 100 of 2013. To boost his spirits, the Melburnian made the most of his first ever Laneway festival experience getting a massage in while he planned which new tracks to air in his debut in his set.
Meanwhile The Jezebels snoozed and losed their massage appointment, but their loss was Matt and Alex's gain! Hamstrings were rubbed down and triple j's live broadcast was able to continue on more limber than ever.
Having just jumped off the plane and headed straight into the Footscray Community Arts Centre, Reuben from Unknown Mortal Orchestra reflected on a drunken 24 hours, as well as his band’s recent return from a tour through Korea where they ate a bunch of food and were pleasantly surprised to know that the Seoul crowd could sing-a-long to their tracks just as good as they can at St. Jerome’s.
Sean and Andrew from Brooklyn outfit Parquet Courts showed us how to beat the heat and look tropi-cool. Sean was festival-ready; sippin’ an icey drink, wearing a huge hibiscus lei and had a well-needed dob of sunscreen on his nose. They also took time to dispell the misnomer that hotdogs are a native New York food (it’s a Chicago thing FYI) then jumped on stage and gave a shout out to local heroes and dole-wave icons Dick Diver whose set they were spied bopping along to from the shade of The Penthouse.
Danny Brown lit up like it was 420 while he sat with Linda Marigliano. He told us that he’s all about the leather clothing, even as the temperatures rise, saying “Im’a sweat anyways!” He’s stickin’ to black leather for the remainder of the tour, but he did let us know that he’s thinking about branching out to red if the vibe is right.
Honourable Leather Mention: goes out to Savages drummer Fay Milton who belted the skins to the British band’s post-punk rock in a PVC/leather top.
Run The Jewels let us know that once the tour finishes up they’re going back to the studio to record Run The Jewels 2!
Haim and Chvrches mutual appreciation society is in full force. When Chvrches weren’t discussing the band’s need for Factor 50 sun protection, Lauren divulged that she’d been watching Game of Thrones over Alana Haim’s shoulder on the plane. But the spying didn’t last too long - Alana was further ahead. (No spoilers!) We told Haim the goss and they agreed that it was “mutual creepering” and that Mutual Creepering might just be their brand new DJ name. Stay tuned.
Oh, and Haim also announced that three songs in the Hottest 100 wasn’t enough! After coming in 101 last year and just outside the top ten this year, the trio told triple j’s Matt and Alex they’re fired up to work even harder in 2014. They reckon they’ve got a techno dubstep dolphin noise project going on the side if all else fails. We’ll see…