words: Megan Henderson // photos: Maddie Vlismas @maddievlis
“Every time she hit a high note it pulsed through the theatre like a beautiful wave of energy..”
A few months after their first independently released album, 'Don't Feed The Pop Monster', Broods took to the Forum theatre with the support of high energy LA based duo, Moby Rich. Broods exuded a confidence and flair that is a clear result of the freedom they've gained since breaking away from the restraints of record labels in the pop music industry.
The first half hour or so of the set was darker and moodier than expected, and it took me a little while to figure out if the crowd was enjoying it or not… It was loud and bass-heavy, and used a lot of dark lighting. That's not to say it wasn't enjoyable, it was simply different to what I was anticipating when considering Broods' lighter and more up beat tracks. Perhaps this was the result of tearing away from the 'Monster' that is mainstream pop.
The band played straight through about 6 songs without stopping or interacting with the crowd, and unfortunately, the first interaction Georgia had was when she accidentally addressed us as Sydney, which was as equally awkward as it was funny. Regardless of what she meant to say, it seemed to work as the crowd woke up a little and begun dancing and singing along more than before. The change of pace in the set list also helped launch everyone into action with the introduction of more dance driven tracks like Couldn't Believe and L.A.F from earlier albums.
Each member of the band was sporting their own unique style, dressed in four distinctly different outfits. Frontwoman, Georgia was dressed in a flapper style dress that almost had a life of its own as she danced with such gusto and precision throughout the entire performance. I couldn't help thinking she'll be exhausted by the end of the show, but she definitely didn’t show any signs of slowing down. For someone who is a little shorter like me, her spiky up-do definitely helped being able to spot her on the stage during the moments where you couldn't see as well. Another great note about her hair style was how striking it looked as a silhouette against the back drop. Whether or not this was intentional, it was a subtle yet effective element of the overall stage design.
Tracks from the new album were huge hits with the crowd, in particular Peach and Everything Goes (Wow). But one of the sure favourites of the night was when Caleb joined his sister, Georgia on the vocals, to perform Too Proud. It was so well received by the crowd that once it was finished and the applause had died down, a deafening "that was so good!" was yelled from one audience member that everyone laughed with in agreeance.
The thing that stood out to me the most during the night were Georgia's vocals. They were absolutely faultless, and shone particularly well in 'Free', which was an instant hit with the crowd, causing an enormous singalong as soon as the first line was sung. Her voice is one of those that sounds even better live than on a recording, and is a little bit addictive. Every time she hit a high note it pulsed through the theatre like a beautiful wave of energy, and stayed with me even once I had left the venue and was on the train heading home.