Paul Dempsey @ The Triffid

There is something magical about the way Paul Dempsey performs. Whether he is performing solo, with his band, or as part of Something For Kate, he captivates the audience in a way not many can do. That's why he can still sell out venues like the Triffid, like on Thursday night in support of Blindspot, a single from his record Strange Loop which was released mid way through last year. 

Blake Scott, the frontman of Melbourne punk-rock band The Peep Tempel was along for the ride, opening the night with a selection of his own tracks, and acoustic versions of some PT classics. His sarcastic drawl added to his likeable charisma, and whilst he sat while he performed, he seemed to fill the whole stage with only his guitar and voice. Hearing Carol, one of my favourite Peep Temple songs sung in this fashion was both hilarious and captivating - it really made you listen to the absurdity and relatability of the lyrics. 

Known for playing incredibly long sets, Dempsey wasted no time getting his 5 piece band into action. Blindspot, albeit the single in support, featured early in the set (which was a nice surprise, as I was expecting it later on), as well as tracks like Strange Loop, and Have You Fallen Out Of Love?, which he dedicated to Margaret Court. His subtle, awkward humour gives him a lovable demeanor, and bridges the gap between the floor and the stage - he just feels 'real' ya know. 

The crowd was an older one, which was to be expected with the silver fox himself being the star attraction (the recent dye job makes it easy to forget how old he actually is), and this lent itself to be a crowd free of violence, bad vibes and excessive use of snapchat. The classics, such as Ramona Was A Waitress, Bats, Out Of The Airlock and Ramona Was A Waitress came later in the set, and these amped the otherwise placid crowd up a bit more. A cover of Fleetwood Mac's The Chain satisfied my cover craving, (although I was hoping to see him play his version of Edge Of Town), and Morningless "finished the set". 

His encore, (although three songs long), was not long enough, and saw him play showy versions of Idiot Oracle, The True Sea and Theme From Nice Guy,  with all members of his band thrashing out raging solos to a cheering audience. Paul Dempsey is one of those timeless acts, and I hope to still be hearing his classics in 20 years time. 

Olivia Shoesmith



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