Ball Park Music at The Forum: Review
The last time I saw Ball Park Music perform, I was 16, at Moomba and had to be home by midnight, and now years later, not only did I get to stay out late but I got to see the band in full force at the beautiful and iconic Forum Theatre.
Hatchie & Ali Barter warming up the stage in the most genuine and immense way possible. The days of ignoring the opening acts and rocking up late are far behind the people of the Australia, as the crowd at The Forum that night was assorted in nice and early for the very first of the opening acts. And good move on them, the performance delivered by both acts was profound, powerful and commanding for your attention.
As the lights dimmed and the background music faded out, the high pitched whistling had everyone in a mix between getting hyped and elbowing their mate next to them to pipe the bloody hell down. The set opened with what was clearly a popular hit, ‘Cocaine Lion’ from one of the bands pevious albums, well recognised from the very first angsty strum of the guitar. Following on with ‘Everything Is Shit Except My Friendship With You’ getting everyone all types of silly. It’s safe to say that if you were in the mosh then you made no friends at all dancing in that mess, but a good bloody effort to all, some hard yakka in there. While opening up the set with older songs, the new song ‘Good Mood’ from the bands recent album were welcomed with opening arms. It’s as factual as it comes to say the fans of Ball Park Music are very loyal. Not only was every song sung along or devotionally danced to but about 80% of the audience members had already purchased and popped on the bands new merch.
By half way through the set, all the beers that were drunk started to settle in which made perfect timing for BPM’s most emotional songs. Bringing it to a mellow level and getting everyone to swing their arms around for a “lighter in the air” kinda moment for their well known anthem ‘Coming Down’. While the lead vocalist was stressed out with the condition of a chest infection, the crowd took the solo acoustic performance of ‘it’s nice to be alive’ as a chance to hop on their friends’ shoulders and sing the lyrics loud n’ proud, giving Sammy the confidence he needed to continue and finish up the song.
The performance that came out of Ball Park Music that night was some of the most energy I’ve seen and felt in a room from a show in a long time.