By Sarah Stopforth
Photo by George Foster
On a brisk Friday evening, I walked the block between my North Perth home and the Rosemount Hotel to see Perth’s very own Methyl Ethyl.
The lads have just returned from a successful US Tour, playing shows across North America- including arts festival South by Southwest, where Courtney Barnett blew up last year.
The dreamy vocals of lead singer, songwriter and guitarist, Jake Webb, remind me of the smooth, high-pitched stylings of Dustin Tebbutt and a touch of Kevin Parker. At different points of their show, I heard quite an eclectic mix of influences. At the time, I typed into Notes on my phone: “Methyl Ethyl are the love child of U2, INXS and any psychedelic surf band of your choice.”
The crowd (and I) grooved in a hallucinogenic haze of thumping bass lines, a foot tapping beat and catchy guitar riffs. Everyone in the audience erupted with applause after each tune. One fan-boy continued to wolf whistle, not just once but throughout the whole set highlighting just how popular this Perth trio have become since their debut single “Twilight Driving” and follow up “Rogues”, which were released last year.
The band performed songs from their subsequent 2015 record Oh Inhuman Spectacle seamlessly with a polished rawness. This aided the marijuana-like trip – luring the listener in, with gravity and focus. The all-inciting theme: close your eyes and dance.
Methyl Ethyl embark on their first UK/Europe Tour in May, and are set to perform at the coveted Splendour in the Grass in July.
I will definitely be catching that set.
Perth acts foreva.