Tucking into a pre-gig feast of Ramen and beers we sat around the slightly sticky table talking about previous loves and the last time we ‘rocked out’ at the Metro. For ‘Lightning Jax’ it was her first time, for ‘Cherie Baby’ it’d been 3 years and for me, about 18 months. But we soon moved on from the days of old because tonight was all about the singer, song-writer, 26 year old product of Melbourne and raven haired maven – Courtney Barnett.
After a quick flash of the I.D. we climb the dimly let stairs and eagerly await her set. But looking around under the light of the large chandelier it was hard to know what kind of crowd she would pull, yet with those honest and to the point, guitar accompanied melodies there was no denying she has pulled a cult-like following of toe-tapping and head-bopping ‘Dudes’ (4 to 1).
As ‘Teeth & Tongue’ wrapped her delicious supporting act we nestled in amongst the standing crowd and right on cue, with her trade-mark thick bangs and rockstar gait (head to toe black), Courtney casually walked on stage; eyes cast downwards and almost instantly started strumming against a backdrop of liquid, hallucinogenic swirls and curls that would take on a life of it’s own over the next hour and a half.
It’s her sharp, witty lyrics and deadpan delivery that make Courtney’s songs that much more unique and relatable. With titles like ‘Depreston’ about house-hunting in a newly gentrified neighbourhood in outer Melbourne to “I lay awake at three, staring at the ceiling, It’s a kind of off-white, Maybe it’s a cream” forms the classic opener to ‘An Illustration of Loneliness’ written about insomnia and missing the one you love. It feels as though the ordinariness of life she so flatly creates melodies for can be just as interesting and ‘song worthy’ as all the dramatic highs and lows. And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is what Courtney Barnett has captured in her audience, we’re all enduring the mundane, just like her. Househunting, buying organic vegetables, being lonely, and Not going to parties – because at the end of the day we’re all just ‘Pedestrian at Best’! And I thank you, Courtney, for that reminder and continuing to create the accompanying reverent soundtrack for us while your humble star continues to rise.
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Isa, Director – HR, Pandora ANZ