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A brother-sister duo hailing from New Zealand, Georgia and Caleb Nott as Broods broke into the scene with the single Bridges in 2013, featuring Georgia’s lead vocals and Caleb on production and backing vocals. They went on to release a self-titled EP in early 2014 in anticipation of their debut full-length album Evergreen later that year. Last month, after leaving the fans to fend with just the single Free, sophomore album Conscious dropped. This second full-length album embodies the iconic indie pop electronica hip hop they’ve become known for at festivals and touring with the likes of Ellie Goulding, Haim and Sam Smith. In honour of this most recent release they started the now sold out promotional tour for Conscious at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on Saturday night. The all ages event was sponsored by Play Safe, a NSW government initiative promoting safe sex and education.
Celia Pavey, second runner up in The Voice Australia rebranded as Vera Blue and dropped two hit singles followed by the EP Fingertips, supported Broods on this tour. Settle kicked off her set after an intro of atmospheric soprano notes overlayed with synths. This new project incorporates Celia’s country-influenced ethereal folk singing style with electronic rhythms. The intro to Turn had a group of girls in the crowd imposing the lyrics from Jojo’s Leave over the top. That was until Celia began to sing a very different melody.
She has these floating hand movements very like Florence Welch but with not quite the same execution. It was unfortunately quite distracting to watch when she was singing. Acoustic guitar in hand, Celia played and sang through Patterns, which had the clearest annunciation of all her songs. The crowd really enjoyed that one but when she introduced the Triple J Like a Version cover of Jack Garratt’s Breathe Life, her fans in the audience knew what to expect and anticipatory cheers exploded. That track went off. It was easily the best received song in her whole set list. She closed out with Hold, her oldest and best known single, ending her set on a high note, ready for Broods to take over.
After an unusually long pause between playlists, John Farnam’s The Voice came on and the majority of the audience were chanting the lyrics to the chorus, not knowing the verses well and not really able to hear Mr Farnham very well. The haters were relieved when Broods’ intro music cut off Farnham and the crowd. A huge cheer went up as Camille and Jono took their places either side of Caleb’s very tall setup. Caleb joined them soon after and Georgia took the stage in a storm of black sequins and long flying fringing. After powering through the first two tracks in the setlist, the Sydney audience got their obligatory acknowledgement from Georgia. Broods aren’t particularly into wasting much time on speeches but Bedroom Door?? received a special introduction as being a song with huge personal significance that always makes Georgia cry.
In the middle of the show, the band left the stage, Caleb was handed an acoustic guitar and there was a very intimate little acoustic set. After making a blunder towards the end of All of Your Glory, Georgia promised to make it up to the audience by bringing out a very close friend of theirs, causing an overenthusiastic eruption of cheers. “You don’t even know who I’m talking about! You’ve got no idea…” Georgia exclaimed, a little bit bemused. Fellow musician and co-writer Jarryd James joined them on stage to play 1000x, a very new track that, in such an intimate setting, really showcased the amazing harmonies of Georgia and Jarryd’s combined voices. The acoustic portion finished up with Sleep Baby Sleep, the stage went dark as everyone exited.
From this point onwards, the show took an unquestionably upbeat turn. Camille came out and played some cords on the keyboard in anticipation of Caleb and Georgia re-joining the stage. They had changed from their sombre black outfits to shades of ivory. After smashing Recovery – one of the most popular tracks from Conscious – out of the park, Georgia cheekily told us, “We’ve symbolically changed our outfits because now…it’s time to party!” What followed was nothing short of a marathon of tracks from a thorough cross-section of Broods’ entire discography.
As a frontwoman, Georgia Nott was a powerhouse, never standing still, always dancing. She has this amazing ability to be both lost in her music and present in the venue, checking in with the crowd. As one half of the duo, she embodied audience engagement while Caleb played puppet master from the high riser behind her, giving everyone the lush layers of music to enjoy.
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Hold the Line
Never Gonna Change
Freak of Nature
All of Your Glory (Acoustic)
1000x (Acoustic, special guest Jarryd James)
Sleep Baby Sleep (Acoustic)
Are You Home?
We Had Everything
Mother and Father
Encore- Four Walls (Piano)