It was 10 minutes before show time and the entire Forum Theatre buzzed in anticipation.
“I’m so happy for them, remember when they were just starting out?” screamed one die hard fan.
“I know - this is crazy the place is just packed” screamed another.
Across the mosh were a mass of ages - from cackling blokes in their 40’s to grinning youths in their 20’s - all with a bev in hand bopping to the intermission music; a reunion of generations. In celebration of their 10th year, City Calm Down are true veterans to the Melbourne stage - having honed in expertise and talent whilst also achieving an expansive true-blue fan base.
The indie-pop four piece band formed in 2008 - with the talents of baritone vocalist Jack Bourke, keyboardist Sam Mullaly, bassist Jeremy Sonnenberg and drummer Lee Armstrong. In 2012 the band signed to I Oh You Records making historic milestones with indie-pop anthems from debut EP “Movements”, debut LP “In A Restless House” and their recent sophomore release “Echoes In Blue”.
Despite years of experience, City Calm Down have not let time subdue their zeal in live shows but rather have used it to replicate epic performances - a band you’d regret not seeing live. With the collaboration of a detailed mountainous paper mâché backdrop manipulated by intricate lighting design, stimulates a heightened feeling of euphoria - offering a comfortable space to lose yourself in the moment. Lead singer Jack Bourke who’s vocals are as powerful and as haunting as ever, showcases rich tonality and stage presence - particularly in the songs “Joan, I’m Disappearing”, “Pride and “Blame”. While his accomplices Sam Mullaly, Jeremy Sonnenberg and Lee Armstrong maintain their focus and energy - increasing in intensity peak after peak.
“Success is like a mirage - it just gets further and further away” commented Bourke unknowingly, in a previous interview before the release of Echoes In Blue - naive of what’s to come.
The little band that could is now the little band that did - City Calm Down; a success after a success.