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Motel Carnation’s spectacular live debut

Opening the night was Reali-T, who delivered and then some. Coming on stage in a suit and cap he was more than dressed for the occasion and dazzled the crowd to the point of an encore and almost a second one.

Mt Misery changed things up with their brand of mid-western sounding indie. Once again, the crowd were well and truly up for it and an audience member was even given a tambourine for a while.

Watching Motel Carnation walk out on stage, you can’t help but feel the whole moment is rather cinematic, like something you’d recall in ten years when you hear a Motel Carnation song on the radio. The room in the basement of Head of Steam was roasting and more importantly, packed out before the Reali-T had even came on.

The show is tense and moody with ‘Saul’ setting the scene, atmospheric unreleased material fills in until a ‘AM’ Arctic Monkeys-esque tune sweeps in half way through the set. Motel Carnation bookend the night with the recently released ‘Westside’. Ending on a high, the band thrash through the final song to the crowd’s delight.

Check out ‘Westside’ here and if you want to see the wonder that is Motel Carnation for yourself then grab a ticket and see them open for the equally talented FEVA in September here.

Photo: Will Gorman

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