On Thursday night, a couple of the Heaps Good crew members were added to the guest list at a private party, hosted by Communion Records, in celebration of their 2nd Birthday. The line up was a great mix of bands, including Dan Croll, Matthew & the Atlas, Joe Banfi, David McCaffrey and everyone’s’ favourite, the young lad from the south of Sydney, Matt Corby.
The venue itself, in an unassuming commercial block, a few streets back from the common in Shepherds bush, cleverly titled, Shepherds Bar. Entry was heavily guarded by security into the block, although the general vibe from the men on the door was very friendly. Enter the venue and to our surprise, it was the trendy hipsters of the West End mostly filling the venue. Despite the larger than normal bar lines, the crowd were friendly, happily chatting to friends and industry colleagues, listening to some high quality indie tunes.
A raffle was held, giving out some classic vinyl to anyone that held onto their little pink tickets upon entry. This made for some great laughs as multiple numbers were called, with no winners in sight. A few people in the crowd tried their luck, calling out their numbers and the friendly gentlemen from the UK band, Mumford & Sons kindly surprised them with a prize or two.
Albeit a little later then expected, the time came for the headline act to play, the young Matt Corby. Opening with a soft, haunting track, the crowd, squashed in to the stage, hung on every sound coming from the singer/songwriter. As the set continued, the younger female fans were loving the set completely. Supported by a fantastic band, the set which can only be described as electric, no doubt pleased the entire room, including the bar staff who were singing along. If this is a sign of things to come. Matt’s latest EP, “Into The Flame” has since reached platinum status in Australia, making it his most successful release to date. The lead single from the debut EP, “Brother” was recently voted in to the #3 position in Australia’s Triple J Hottest 100 (2011). For anyone lucky enough to catch them in any of the upcoming shows, mostly in Australia over their summer, make sure you get along to see them.