Live Review Paul Dempsey + Oh Mercy @ The Triffid | November 15 2014

Paul Dempsey is one of the figureheads of Australian rock. After touring endlessly with Something For Kate on the back of more hits than you could count on your hands, you just know that his solo work is something special as well. Everything Is True is Paul Dempsey’s first solo album released back in 2009, with only an EP of covers released since then. Regardless of how long it’s been since the release, new Brisbane venue The Triffid sold out, and it was guaranteed that something special was going to go down when Paul Dempsey took to the stage.

Oh Mercy lead vocalist Alex Gow took the supporting role on Paul Dempsey’s latest tour, and his emotive vocals filled the converted bunker as the audience stood enthralled while he weaved through tracks both new and old. Before long, Paul Dempsey strode out on stage and his two metre plus frame towered as he sunk into a minimalistic reimagining of Something For Kate track Private Rain. The audience was captivated as a track they loved was transformed, then sang along with almost the entire set, comprised partially of Something For Kate tracks, Everything is True tracks and a few covers thrown in for good measure. Alex Gow joined Paul Dempsey for a few songs before Dempsey disappeared off stage for all of 30 seconds. As he returned for the encore, he delved into his list of favourite music and covered David Bowie’s iconic track Ashes To Ashes.

Between Paul Dempsey’s offbeat humour and uncanny ability to take heckling fans in his stride, along with his incredible and emotive voice, the show was phenomenal. I cannot wait for a new solo album to come out from this incredible artist, and the tour that would inevitably ensue couldn’t come fast enough.


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