Surely now, all jokes about Australian soaps are redundant.
Opening with a track called 'Fight' would indicate an uncompromising night lay ahead and Sons and Daughters certainly didn't disappoint.
Following quickly with 'Monsters', the band seemed harder and tighter than previously with an added edge and snarl to their music. An immediate aspect of the bands sound is that the drums are the driving force behind the songs, providing the basis for the front-line musicians to power on from.
Most focus on the band has fallen on the vocalists Adele Bethel and Scott Paterson but Ailidh Lennon shone during the gig. Perhaps her summer was spent at the School of Rock but Ailidh seemed possessed of a confidence and at times, played and prowled as if she owned the stage. Thankfully her bass and mandolin skills more than matched her mannerisms. The mandolin sound really came to the fore throughout the gig and added a different angle to most current bands output. It is also pleasing to see all members of the band playing their part in the sound and hopefully receiving the same praise.
One of the many favourites, and most improved song for this reviewer, was album track 'Rama Lama'. It is a dark beast of a song centred on mystery, intrigue and death and the live version does justice to the songs dark subject matter with Paterson's guitar being atmospheric and foreboding.
The relentless touring schedule undertaken by the band is clearly paying off. The newfound harder edge and collectiveness is seeing comparisons between themselves and what an expanded White Stripes would sound like, become more frequent. That said, for all their influences, there aren't too many new acts that share a sound with Sons and Daughters
With debut single 'Johnny Cash' featuring in the encore, Sons and Daughters showed they are a new act with a decent history. It can only be hoped that their future continues in the same vein.