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Live Review: Hey Geronimo w/ Selahphonic & Beneb @ The Foundry

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Friday night was in full swing in the heart of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. The weekend ahead was packed with live music and on this particular starry night, Hey Geronimo were hitting The Foundry with local supports Selahphonic and Beneb to present their mouth-watering new single Boredom.

Opening act Ben Mackay a.k.a Beneb set the night up brilliantly. Although the crowd was sitting on comfortable numbers for an opening act, The Foundry definitely felt as though it was playing host to an awkward first date. The walls seemed a little stickier than usual while one lone ranger danced his life away in the middle of the room. Playing through a few unheard songs, Beneb slowly chipped away at the ice. The room became progressively less tense throughout the indie-rockers’ set and found itself in a cosy state for his one and only released single Burning. Along with his band, Beneb delivered a groovy tunnel of reverb drenched, slow groove indie-rock tunes with a drop of psychedelia. Beneb is due to release his second single, Temporary on Friday 29th April.

Just before 9:30pm Sunshine Coast boys Selahphonic took to the stage. With the release of their latest single Ghosts Of 1999 less than two weeks before, the anticipation was real. The crowd was small, but filled with long time and dedicated fans of the quintet. Smashing out numbers from their self-titled EP ‘Selahphonic’, they sent sonic electricity through the air. Becoming more hyped, the crowd sang along to their well-known Heartbreak Heartbreak, which received critical acclaim at it’s release in 2015.

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You could feel the worn in floorboards of The Foundry move along to the contagious hook as the crowd danced, even the photographers joined in on the grooves. Their attitude may not be classic rock ‘n’ roll, as vocalist Jamie Coyle consistently raised his beverage (a bottle of water) to the crowd, or not as outrageous and wild as the usual line up to play The Foundry, they put on one of the most energetic and quality performances I’ve seen at the venue. Giving the crowd their all, they finished by belting out their latest and most developed sounds with Ghosts Of 1999.

Only two months ago Brisbane rockers Hey Geronimo dropped their ultimate collaborative music clip for their single Boredom, featuring appearances from 20 Queensland acts. Ready to melt the faces of Valley punters at their hometown single launch, Hey Geronimo entranced the venue with new and old tracks, including one of the very firsts, Why Don’t We Do Something. The room was filled with a comfortable crowd, only brushing the sweat of the next person occasionally. In the heat of the night and cold of the beverages the crowd indulged in one of Brisbane’s very own, and by observing the sea of smiling faces everyone was delighted in how far Hey Geronimo have come.

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Hey Geronimo present a warped ‘roided-up Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons meets Ball Park Music soundscape, and it was nothing less than entertaining and addictive to experience live. At the sound of Lazer Gun Show the crowd raged in an euphoric chorus. Belting out Boredom, the band received a surprising reception for such a new song. Hey Geronimo treated their supporters to a sneaky preview of the title track from their forthcoming debut album ‘Crashing Into The Sun’, called Crashing Into The Sun, which they liked to remind the crowd. Rounding out the set the boys brought to the stage founding member Greg Chiapello to carry out Talkings Heads’ Burning Down The House.

Hey Geronimo’s debut album ‘Crashing Into The Sun’ is due to be released Friday 1st July.

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