I don’t think I could have asked for a better start to the month. The New Slang all ages concert on Friday the 1st of July was our first sold out show, and considering the line-up, that was no wonder. Four terrific artists used only their voices and acoustic guitars to create an almost hypnotic ‘unplugged’ atmosphere.
The night began with Liam Mackay, playing his first ever live show. He played a stunning original set with the occasional help from his friend Olivia Mae. Together; the two sung a flawless duet. Liam was well received by the audience, especially by his dad and friends who watched on proudly.
Seconding Liam’s performance was New Slang’s own, Claudia Marmilic. Our friend Claudia performed a set of originals as well a few covers including a compelling take on Amy Winehouse’s ‘Valeri’ and a chilling version of Outkast’s ‘Hey Ya’. Claudia’s beautiful voice made her performance hard to follow.
Third was the Push’s artist of the month, Sandy Hsu. At only 18 years old, Sandy performed in the manner of a musician with years of experience. Sandy completed a whimsical set with song lyrics that every young person could relate to. There isn’t a shred of doubt in my mind that Sandy has the potential to be one of Melbourne’s biggest young stars.
In case the show hadn’t already been good enough, closing the show was Tyne-James Organ. The energy in the room exploded the moment Tyne walked on stage and by the time he began to play, I have to admit, I had goose-bumps. Tyne’s mesmerising guitar playing was complimented beautifully by his incredible vocals. I can’t speak for the rest of the room, but after tonight, I’m a lifetime Tyne-James Organ fan. I struggle to think of the last time I watched an act which was that compelling.
by Maya L. Tomasovic