Andy Bull – Sea of Approval Album Tour @ The Corner Hotel

Beating our way through the hoards of drunken AFL fans in the post-Grand Final fever last Saturday night, we made our way to the Corner Hotel in Richmond to see synth-pop star Andy Bull.

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Our tickets listed an 8.30 start, so we arrived at a casual 9.30. Let’s not be too keen, but let’s not risk potentially missing those smooth and sweet Andy Bull vocals, we thought. Unfortunately we soon discovered that we would have to wait until 11.30 to feast our ears and eyes upon the increasingly popular Sydney star. Settling in amongst the happily drunken Hawthorn fans, the waiting game began.

As it turns out, however, it was worth dealing with the intoxicated swearing and machismo. The AFL was long forgotten when Andy Bull appeared on stage and the whole crowd practically swooned.

He opened with some lesser-known tracks from his latest album, like “Nothing Is Wrong”, before moving on to the extremely popular crowd-pleasers “Baby I Am Nobody Now”, “Keep on Running” and “Talk Too Much”.

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An unexpected highlight for me was his rendition of the Tears for Fears classic hit “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”, which he performed on Triple J’s Like a Version.

It was a hot night at the Corner, and at one point Bull explained it was “like 40 degrees” up there, to which one excited crowd-member requested that he “take it off!”

“Take it off? Guys, that’s disrespectful,” with a massive grin, he said, “Grow up. Fuck.”

But it was hard not to be charmed by his dimpled smile as he ran his fingers through his long luxurious hair. And that’s not even mentioning his angelic voice and smooth moves on the keyboard.

Overall, it was an awesome night with great music and an enthusiastic crowd.

THE BREAKDOWN:
Hometown: Sydney, Australia.
Latest Album: Sea of Approval, released 11 July 2014.
Sounds like: Chromeo, Vampire Weekend, Metronomy.
Say what? When recording his “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” cover on Like a Version, Andy Bull claimed he was dedicating his song to Colonel Gaddafi, then laughed and said “No, no I’m not. I’m not doing that.”

With sweet summer kisses from Cath

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