3 August, Golden Age Cinema & Bar

High-Tails were all but shrouded by the effervescent luxury of The Golden Age Cinema, only amplifying the night’s captivating performance.  

Showcasing their upcoming debut album, the Sydney band managed to deliver one of the most succinct and engaging sets I’ve seen in some time. Moving effortlessly between tracks, with occasional dialogue, the band was relaxed and confident. Support Games Night was fun and energetic, playing to a packed room and missing not a single beat, a band I cannot wait to see more of.

Opening with Information we’re introduced to High-Tails’ ability to capture a coherent blend of prog, disco and Aussie pub rock. A difficult marriage of sounds, and although it’s not difficult to pick their influences in The Beatles, The Who and Mental As Anything, High-Tails are refreshing and an all ’round good time.

Some could say that the stage at the Golden Age Cinema & Bar is hardly suited to a full band. Drummer Toby Davis was hidden almost completely from view, but High-Tails dominated the space and rather than an average Thursday night show, one felt a part of a special and intimate experience.

With a flick of the wrist frontman Nicholas Griffith dangled the microphone loosely, managing to embody the Jagger-esque command so many yearn for. Running through some exciting new tracks that we can expect on the record (A Slight Hi – an anagram of the band’s name) including Sushi Train and Bubblegum, their already well-received single All The Time was perfection.

What I love about High-Tails is that in spite of how undeniably talented and brilliant they are, they are relaxed and endearingly goofy. On of my pet peeves is a band that makes no eye contact and inadvertently fades the audience in the name of being cool. It’s boring and humiliating for everyone involved. High-Tails, please never lose your style, for it is what makes you such a joy to watch.