After releasing their second album Everything is Forgotten in March of this year, Perth band Methyl Ethel announced a national album tour which would take place throughout the month of May. This tour ran after the band performed all over Europe and the US, and made an appearance at the Groovin The Moo festival. Despite having a hectic few months, the boys were still able to bring an amazing performance to the penultimate show of their completely sold out tour.
Methyl Ethel’s two sold out Brisbane shows took place at Woolly Mammoth, a reasonably small and dingy club located in Fortitude Valley. Despite the size of the venue, the sound was possibly the best quality sound I’ve ever heard at a gig. Methyl’s iconic synth sounds definitely lived up to their full potential. The gig was quite a visual experience as well, with yellow and blue lights rhythmically beaming off the stage.
The Everything is Forgotten tour was supported by two fellow Perth acts. Folk duo, Erasers, brought a fairly chill vibe as they opened up the show. Their sound vaguely mimicking that of Methyl Ethyl. On the other hand, second act Reef Prince seemed like a strange choice. An Aussie rapper who had definitely had one too many beers, seemed purely useful as a way to make Methyl Ethel seem even more amazing than they already were. After everyone had ironically danced along to Reef Prince’s song Booty Call multiple times, it was definitely time for the main act to come on stage.
Methyl Ethel formed in 2013 and released their debut album in 2015. Their sound has been described as a mixture of shoegaze dream-pop and pop experimentalism. Everything is Forgotten’s poetic lyrics and mesmerising instrumentals were brought to life by the band’s lead singer Jake Webb, and were enhanced through the collaboration with British producer James Ford, who is known for his work with Arctic Monkeys and Foals. Ubu, which was released as a single before being released as part of Everything is Forgotten, is Methyl Ethel’s most well known song and was performed as the last song of their set- everyone dancing and singing along. Before this, Methyl Ethel played an hour long set which featured songs from their latest album with a few of their classics scattered through.
Jake Webb sounded just as good, if not better, live as in recordings and made the interesting move of standing on the right side of the stage as opposed to the middle. You could tell that the entire band was passionate about their music and loved performing it. Methyl Ethel are currently back in Europe touring for Everything is Forgotten but it is clear that this band will be on the lineups of every festival this summer!