July Days’ The Night Is For Hunting Album Launch
10th August, Ding Dong Lounge
After a short wait in Market Lane (entertained by a delightful door man who was trying to find a bad driver’s license photo) my friend and I climbed the stairs of Melbourne’s much-loved live music venue Ding Dong Lounge. Already there was a fair crowd gathered: as Melbourne lads July Days have been gigging around town, they’ve managed to accumulate quite the following of friends and fans and all were brought together on Saturday night for the launch of the band’s debut album The Night Is For Hunting. The album was produced by Powderfinger guitarist Darren Middleton and co-produced by American producer David Kahne (who has also produced albums for The Rubens, Paul McCartney and The Strokes) and you really get the feel of these rock influences through the band’s music and stage presence.
Strong support sets were provided by The Zanes and The Peeks, with the crowd really beginning to warm up by the end of The Peeks set. A duet between July Days’ Lawrence Henry and The Peeks’ Fraser Henry provided the crowd with a little taste of what was to come, and was the perfect way to get them pumped for the rest of the evening. The Peeks impressed and finished to strong applause and I’d be really keen to catch some shows from them in the future.
July Days launched into their set, their strengths definitely lying in their more upbeat songs, with the set lulling a little in the softer ballads. In saying that, the performances were strong and by no means dull, with a few cigarette lighters being waved about for “Should’ve Told Me”. Lead singer Henry’s voice is unique, consistent and controlled, every note delivered delicately and articulately. But it was during the more energetic parts of the set that you got to see the band really synch together and demand the crowd’s full attention. “Get in the Ring” and “Dance for Me” were particular highlights – catchy, great hooks and got the crowd moving.
Overall a solid gig from this Melbourne band whose debut album is worth checking out. It can be found at www.julydays.com.au.