Friday, June 02, 2023

Teenage Dads and Lime Cordiale bring pure Aussie pandemonium to Newcastle

Lime Cordiale and Teenage Dads arrived in Newcastle on Monday night full of Australian passion and vivacity. Lime Cordiale have embarked on an explosive UK and Ireland tour over the past couple of weeks with up-and-coming fellow indie rockers Teenage Dads supporting them.  

Teenage Dads are a youthful 4-piece alternative indie band from Melbourne who are on their way to becoming your next favourite Aussie band. They have unique style which is unmatched compared to other bands coming out of Australia at the moment and seeing them live proves that even more. The Melbourne quartet started with a jazzy introduction slowly blending in to the punchy ‘Hey! Diego’. The band sounded perfectly crystal clear, and you could here every note of every instrument being played during this outstandingly fun record. Teenage Dad’s performed their upcoming single ‘Speed Racer’ (out on Friday 2nd June) before venturing in to one of their older tracks ‘Sunburnt’

The band have recently covered ‘Video Killed the Radio Star’ for Triple J’s ‘Like A Version’ which they performed live. They have managed to make this song distinctively their own with this cover which is helped by the beautiful voice of lead singer Jordan Finlay. It was a really special moment hearing an iconic Like a Version being played live to a British audience. The band ended their ground-breaking set with the head bopping masterpiece ‘Teddy’. They got the audience to sing along and participate which made the atmosphere intimate and memorable during their closing number. The power and thought the boys had put into their supporting set made the start of the gig immaculate.  

Lime Cordiale, a 5-piece indie rock band fronted by brothers Oli and Louis Leimbach from Sydney later took to the stage in all their might, and they had the crowd in the palm of their hands from the very start with one of their most popular tracks ‘Money’. Lime Cordiale’s debut album ‘Permanent Vacation’ was released 6 years ago and the tracks from that record seem to be ageless as gig-goers went crazy when they heard the introduction to the second song on the setlist was ‘Naturally’ followed by ‘Can I Be Your Lover’ 

The brothers' stage presence is something that is very rare in the live music scene nowadays. They have a way with the audience and the other bands members that gives a sense of homeliness and companionship throughout their set. The well-known tracks from Lime Cordiale that everyone knows and loves helps with this too, including their Triple J ‘Like A Version’ released 4 years ago where they covered the 90s classic ‘I Touch Myself’. It was truly unforgettable to hear one of the most coveted ‘Like A Versions’ live and performed with such sublimity in the UK. 

Lime Cordiale’s encore left the crowd wanting more their ‘Country Club’ experience. Is it even a Lime Cordiale gig if the Leimbach brothers don’t have a dispute? A competition took place during their track ‘Waking Up Easy’ to see whose fans were louder which resulted in the whole crowd just screaming at the aussie’s! The crowd were pumped for the last 2 songs of the night ‘Temper Temper’ and ‘Robbery’ where you could see fans singing along or on other people’s shoulders giving the atmosphere a party feeling. 

Lime Cordiale are completely faultless to see live. They are fun, charismatic and somewhat chaotic, but we wouldn’t want them any other way. If you want to journey to Lime Cordiale’s ‘Country Club’ you can catch them at many festivals around Europe this summer or on their UK tour starting in September.  

Alice Mason 

Instagram: @alicemxson /@alicegoestogigs 

Image: Teenage Dads and Lime Cordiale at The Boiler Shop, Newcastle by Alice Mason 

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