With just under 3000 fans on Facebook and a very acute online presence, it’s pretty great to see smaller bands like Methyl Ethel sell out shows. This time round, the Perth three-piece were in the midst of a tour with Sunbeam Sound Machine and Good Morning, promoting the release of their debut album, Oh Inhuman Spectacle.
Upon walking into the Shebeen bandroom, it became immediately apparent that there was some sort of unspoken rule that if you like Methyl Ethel, you should probably be somewhere around 6 foot tall (at least).
Kicking off the night were fellow indie-rockers, Good Morning. The one thing that stood out for the three-piece was how out of tune their guitars were and it kinda took away from the wishy-washy carefree nature of their music, yet added to it at the same time (they later explained to the audience that they had ran out of petrol on the way down from Sydney and didn’t have much time to tune them properly as they were late).
Next up were Melbourne’s Sunbeam Sound Machine. They keep the chill vibes going with their casual slightly-surfy rock. There was minimal space between the songs, but it worked, allowing the set to seamlessly glide from one song to the next without anyone losing interest.
Not long after, Methyl Ethel took to the stage and began with a very long, ambient intro followed by ‘Shadowboxing’. The room was completely packed out by this stage, and their pouty indie-rock flowed exceptionally well for a relatively young band. A couple of songs later and we arrived at their current single, ‘Twilight Driving’. It was played a little prematurely – the crowd wasn’t really ready for it so early on – but the warm guitars and bouncy drums did their best to impress, and there was plenty of cheering afterwards.
Around the middle of their set Methyl Ethel shook everyone out of their trance with some choppier vocals and brighter guitars before casually dropping that they were in need of a place to stay for the night, saying “This is the last one, so come say hey, we’d like to make some new friends…we don’t have anywhere to stay tonight, so…” – it was hard to tell if they were being serious, but it seemed to have worked for them in the end, and as soon as they finished on a guitar-heavy number, pretty much everyone stayed back to let them know how well they’d done (and hey, it looks like they made some new friends after all!).