Ainslie Wills Headline Tour
Figaro travelled down to the Howler in Brunswick last Thursday (20th) for a craft beer and to catch Ainslie Wills in her first headline show back in her hometown of Melbourne after a bit of time. It was a true welcome home show to the Melbourne city suburb taking time out of the show to thank family, friends, cousins and parents for making their way down to see the show, and given by the applause that followed it was their pleasure, and to be honest I could feel the pride in the room my very self. Filling her set with a mix of old favourites and unreleased upcoming songs that confirmed our speculation that there is so much Ainslie Wills left for us to come. Having only written down half a set list, Ainslie then chose the rest as she went on, this type of performing showed just how intimate and personal Ainslie took this show and performing overall. After having a chat with Ainslie and learning a little more about what the song was about, not only was the performance of Ainslie’s new single ‘Running Second’ a significant moment but it held type of purity and raw talent that was eye-watering, to say the least.
Closing her set with a groove and dance to ‘Drive’ (a song that audience kept asking for throughout the entirety of the set), as soon as Ainslie was off stage, the demand for an encore blew the roof off of the Howler. And to everyone’s delight, she returned to the spotlight but with confusion of what songs they had left to play, to which Ainslie and her band delved into their pockets and choose an old favourite ‘Early Morning Light’ that rocked us gently in every good way possible.
While she had been told once before her banter in her shows was ‘dorky’, Figaro is going to have to step in and disagree as there are fewer shows that we’ve come across as genuine, gleam and endearing. Not to worry Ainslie. Both fine talent, and fine banter.