Review: Sweet Jean

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Words by Oliver Marshall.

Sweet Jean brought their unmistakeable brand of folk to the Wheatsheaf Hotel in Thebarton on Sunday afternoon. The band were supported well by Adelaide dream pop rockers The Aves. This was The Aves first gig at the Wheatsheaf and they commented that maybe it’s because they were too loud. They may be loud, but their set was a perfect way to lead into Sweet Jean.

The crowd was an eclectic mix of people, from toddlers running around in the family friendly environment of the Wheatsheaf all the way up to grandparents chasing after them. This made for a lovely relaxed vibe that boded well for the stylings of Sweet Jean.

The gig was part of an album launch tour for their new record Monday To Friday, but that didn’t stop Sweet Jean throwing a few of their older gems into the mix like Rise and Fall. The hauntingly beautiful harmonies of Sime Nugent and Alice Keath were as perfect as ever which was one of the best aspects of the show. A high point amongst many was when the band took on a cover of Womack and Womack’s classic disco hit Tear Drops. The cover had a distinctly Sweet Jean flavour to it and turned the upbeat dance track into a beautifully refined folk number, which was clearly a crowd favourite. Sime Nugent who is said to bear a resemblance to Hugh Jackman joked that their earlier songs were deep and philosophical and now the new album has a lot of songs about where to find a good kebab. The constant crowd interaction and jokes again added to the great vibe of the gig.

Monday to Friday is the band’s sophomore album and the majority of the songs on the record were played and translated brilliantly to a live setting. Monday to Friday showcases the superb harmonies of Keath and Nugent and journeys through stirring folk tracks to feel good pop. With its great lyrics and brilliant high notes NYD was arguably the pick of the songs off the album and again a song the crowd reacted well too.

Even the noise of aeroplanes flying over the Wheaty, interrupting one of the tracks, couldn’t dampen the mood and was joked about again, highlighting their laid-back stage presence. The Wheatsheaf was a great venue to hear a great band that made for great Sunday Sesh!

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