Photo: charlesmorley, gallery here.
Having all ready seen these guys strut their stuff as support for Deep Sea Arcade earlier in the year, I was pretty keen to see what a headline show would mean for The Cairos.
After the joys of living in Preston prevented my timely arrival, I entered NSC just in time to catch The Preachers’ last song (my apologies guys, blame the guy who broke into my car!). A somewhat sparse but obviously entertained crowd milled about waiting for The Cairos to take the stage. Ciders in hand, everyone was able to get up close and personal when they took the stage with an air of confidence.
With Northcote Social Club being the final show of the national tour to launch their EP Colours like Features, which was released earlier this year and features hit single Shame, The Cairos showed no signs of fatigue. If anything they were incredibly energised. Smashing through a set that incorporated their more teen-angst beginnings smoothly with their now solid indie-pop-rock…. or whatever we’re calling it these days, the crowd appeared appreciative of the arrogance-tinged set – and I mean that in the most complimentary way possible! I presume coming of age in the insulated Brisbane scene and having a relatively successful year so far gives the guys all the experience they need to be comfortable on stage and interact well with both each other and the room.
Inviting his cousin on stage, Alistair proved that good voices run in the family, as they harmonised effortlessly,which was a highlight of the set, along with Lena and Listening Party. Ending proceedings with a Happy Birthday to lead guitarist Alfio before inviting The Preachers on stage to perform Betty Davis Eyes, The Cairos have asserted themselves yet again as a band not to be underestimated.