Youth Lagoon, Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney [Review]

Youth Lagoon: @Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney [Review]

Words by Renee Meznarsic – 30 January, 2014

I’ve been staring at my screen blankly for a good hour or so now, and every time I try to articulate Youth Lagoon live, time and time again I come to the same bitter conclusion; how do I translate what I saw into words?

For a band I wasn’t entirely sure I liked audibly leading up to the night, as soon as Trevor Powers came out on stage, his haunting stage presence was simply magnetic, and myself along with the rest of the room were quickly captivated by his hypnotising aura.

When I try to think of how to describe the night, I keep coming back to adjectives like ‘dreamy’, ‘nostalgic’, ‘psychedelic’ and even ‘romantic’. A whole bunch of whimsical words which to me sound a little wanky when putting them down in writing. Rest assured sports fans, I’m trying my best to float back to reality and put this in plain English for you.

Throughout the reasonably short set, the band played a healthy mix of both albums (Wondrous Bughouse and The Year of Hibernation) with some interesting lighting to boot. Although Powers never really addressed the audience, he didn’t need to, we were all aboard the magical Youth Lagoon bus and we were happy to let him take us in whichever direction he saw fit.

Time seemed to just fly on by as the band pumped out song after song, and before I knew it, the night was over and it was time to go home, collect my thoughts and consider how I was to word the experience I just had.

Those of you who were lucky enough to catch the boys at one of their Laneway dates or sideshows will surely be able to agree, Youth Lagoon are a sight to be seen and if you weren’t able to catch them, they are definitely a band to put on the ‘to see’ list.

A stunning show which really encapsulates the band much more than their recorded stuff.

Rating: ★★★☆

Set List:
Sleep paralysis
Pelican man
Encore – The Hunt

We’ll leave you with Youth Lagoon‘s latest single, ‘Worms’

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  1. Alf says:

    Couldn’t agree more! Having come with no preconceptions whatsoever, I left throroughly impressed by Youth Lagoon.
    Yet several times I tried and failed to relate how good it was to anyone else.
    Weird but awesome!

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