The Lumineers Cleopatra Tour

Suspenders, hats and acoustic instruments were what were felt at The Lumineer’s stop at Perth’s Metro City as a part of their Cleopatra tour. A folkster’s dream, the venue was packed to the brim with punters eagerly waiting to catch a glimpse of the folk band doing their thing. Supported by the likes of local acts The Hunting Birds and The Money War, it made way for hyped-up night filled with old-school rhythms and jangly guitar riffs.

Support acts The Hunting Birds and The Money War warmed up the crowd nicely with The Hunting Birds providing some tantalising folked up rhythms intertwined with the brooding vibes of a rock band – otherwise the talented five-piece produced a nifty, tight set.

The Money War pepped up the crowd with their infectious, jangly old-school rock rhythms. Playing tracks from their latest self-titled EP The Money War, their instrumentation left you glistening for legendary rock artists of old, from Fleetwood Mac to even Bob Dylan.

The Lumineer’s set opened with the harrowing drum beat and old-school hyped beats of Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain to which on just the right timing, the band had emerged on stage to receive maximum adulation from the crowd, before launching into Sleep On The Floor, the first track from latest release ‘Cleopatra’.

With lead singer Wesley Schultz announcing the last time the band had hit Perth was during The Big Day Out in 2012, it framed The Lumineers return as being an epoch since, emphasising the band’s further growth and transformation as a band since the long dead music festival had happened.

At times there were hints of poignancy peppered throughout the band’s set, with the personal touches behind their songs being bountiful – and that was where ultimately the band shone. Be it with Charlie Boy which elaborated on an uncle fighting in the Vietnam War or Gun Song, a song about the grief surrounding Schultz’s father’s death. These emotionally poignant moments were what transformed the concert from a mere folky, jam sesh into something a bit more emotionally visceral and deep – if you weren’t bobbing up and down the band’s catchy rhythms you were certainly caught up in the motions thinking of the meanings relating to the Lumineer’s tracks.

The halfway mark through to their set included Ho Hey (get the most well-known song out of the way), Cleopatra and a jarring cover of Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues. Trying to replicate the lounge room and much smaller gigs of their lesser known years, Schultz prompted everyone to quieten down and play full on acoustic (with the loud rancour coming from the bar’s behind, the sound made its way through). It gave off a very much intimate vibe and for a second you could of thought you were in a lounge room watching The Lumineers – that’s until you elbowed a couple accidentally because of the venue being at capacity.

Big Parade gave off an odd, unintentional mocking tone in light of current events and the Trump presidency – so there was a feeling of something jovial, if not political angst. The band wrapped up their set with a triple encore, with Long Way From Home being overtly relevant due to the band’s playing in one of the most isolated cities on the planet. Stubborn Love tied of the band’s Perth show, in an audibly bittersweet semblance – finishing up in flurry of acoustic guitar and strings, the band took a quick bow and left the audience wanting more – let’s hope the band come back sooner.

Joe Wilson

Joe prides himself on being the only person to consider sparklers in a total fire ban to be a good idea and surviving the 20 minute odyssey from the festival to his campsite at Southbound. He is a regular punter at Perth gigs and has recently picked up the grand title of Master of Reviews at Grok. He also suffers from alcohol-induced multiple personality disorder and has two known alter-egos; Late Night Joe and Chuck.

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