Words & Photography by Jade Hopley Reiche
On Friday night Bobby Alu Played a killer set to a sold out crowd at Mo’s Desert Clubhouse. He was supported by the incredible Black Salt. The night as a whole was a ride full of good vibes, culture and storytelling.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of a night out at Mo’s your missing out! It’s grungy in all the right ways, with a neon sign welcoming you in, pinball machines, a huge psychedelic mural covering the whole wall and Jim Morrison portrayed as Jesus on a sign behind the bar. The sign has a beautiful love story behind it, the owners first met at a festival and they conjured up the idea for Mo’s together including a vision of Jim Morrison as Jesus, which they described to a friend who is a local artist, and it all came together from there.
As we arrived the ladies from Black Salt were sound checking and we knew immediately we were in for a treat. Black Salt are Georgia Corowa & Waveney Yasso, two fearless & fabulous kinswomen of the saltwater.
Georgia & Waveney form the ultimate duet, both seasoned performers in their own rights having travelled internationally throughout their careers. Bobby Alu first met Georgia touring as part of Xavier Rudd’s band. The ladies wowed us with their honey harmonies & soulful vocals. They blend modern tales with their ancestral storylines and take you on a journey, they empower themselves and the listener with songs of strength, and sisterhood. I am pumped to hear their debut album, currently being recorded by the master Paulie B at The Tanuki Lounge.
This tour is a promotion for Bobby Alu’s latest release titled ‘Flow’. He opened the night with Fire the opening track from the album. It’s the perfect mix of tropical pop sounds to get the party started. His bandmates are legends in their own right drummer Declan Kelly has played with the likes of Alex Lloyd and most recently Berbard Fanning. He is also an accomplished solo artist, definitely worth checking out! Paulie B has also played alongside some great Australian musicians but he is most known as part of trio that make up The Beautiful Girls. He know owns and operated The Tanuki Lounge a recording studio based on the Sunshine Coast.
The setlist is obviously carefully curated to take the audience on a journey, with songs about love, loss, and chilling out. Littered with tropical vibes and reggae grooves. He played most of the favorites from previous albums but it was the track Dust from the new album that gave me all the feels. Goosebumps and all! It’s a song about feeling lost, hopeless and unsure, about losing your flow. It’s blended in with a reminder to hold on to love and to remember, times will get better. It’s definitely a sign Mr Alu’s songwriting is maturing and developing, I am excite to see what the future brings. Move is one of those classic Bobby Alu tunes that gets the room dancing, it’s one of those songs that makes your body move uncontrollably, as the lyric goes it gets you “walking to the rhythm of this day”.
One of the privileges we have of living in Bobby Alu Hometown is that his mum usually blesses us with a performance, the lady that inspired and nurtured his love of music, elegantly performed a Samoan Siva, a cultural dance performed at weddings, celebrations and other important events. It’s an honour to watch Mother and Son perform together and to witness such a beautiful cultural dance.
I know it sounds cliche but by the end of the night the good vibes had spread throughout the venue. Looking around at the crowd, there were smiles from ear to ear, people had certainly gotten into the flowstate that Alu talks of in his album – dancing, eyes closed, arms flailing and feet stomping. It was one of those gigs I’ll be talking about for years to come!
Bobby Alu is currently touring Australia on the ‘Flow’ tour. Check out the dates below and be sure to get your tickets before they sell out.
‘FLOW’ AUSTRALIAN ALBUM TOUR
ALL SHOWS ALL AGES
TICKETS AT BOBBYALU.COM
SAT 22 FEB | THE LOFT | BRISBANE, QLD
SUN 1 MAR | AUGUSTA RIVER FESTIVAL | AUGUSTA, WA
FRI 6 MAR – SAT 7 MAR | PORT FAIRY FOLK FESTIVAL, VIC
FRI 13 MAR | TANKS ARTS CENTRE | CAIRNS, QLD
SAT 14 MAR | NEIGHBOURHOOD SESSIONS (OLD COURTHOUSE) | TOWNSVILLE, QLD
SAT 4 APR | CLANCY’S | FREMANTLE, WA
SUN 5 APR | ALBANY FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL | ALBANY, WA (FREE ENTRY)
Black Salt‘s much anticipated debut album is due for release in May 2020.
With thanks to GYRO PR