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Live review: Courtney Barnett Newcastle University Student Union, March 31, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Connor Mullins   
03 04 2015
ImageWith her shoulder-length unruly hair and jangly pop-fused grunge tones, Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett took to the stage at Newcastle Student Union for an hour long set, and left a rather pleased audience at the show's end.

Supported by Fraser A. Gorman and the well-rehearsed rock outfit Spring King, Barnett played her debut album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, showing off her collection of jangly blues-folk and grunge rock, beautifully weaved with her half-talked vocal delivery.

She engaged the crowd with witty remarks from the off, "Did you ask for an encore? I haven't fucking started yet", before launching into her set, flanked by a bassist and drummer.

Depreston, a well-crafted, emotive song with a chorus effect, displayed Barnett's smooth vocal delivery in her Australian accent, while she played various hammer-ons, sliding up the neck to create a very jangly guitar sound.

Pedestrian At Best was distorted rock, while History Eraser had that phaser-sounding intro chord progression that channelled Nirvana's About A Girl. She delivered haunting vocals in places before coming to life and singing with powerful force, with her lips pressed to the mic, while also showing off her left-handed guitar skills. 

The singer-songwriter's pop melodies built on her grunge, alt-rock influences helped deliver a brilliant performance, with female Cobain and Patti Smith comparisons drawn.

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