I was lucky enough to get along and see Ennis Tola play at the Evelyn Hotel last Thursday evening. After chowing down some $5 bimbos pizza me and a couple of mates headed to the Evelyn in anticipation for what was going to be a spectacular evening of music. We arrived at the venue and had a bit of a chat to the drummer of Ennis Tola whom I knew from my school who strongly suggested we listen to the band before his, named ‘Quiet Child’.
We then headed inside to hear the end of the second bands set, a band called Apple Time. I only really heard one song that consisted of the lyrics ‘I hope you die motherfucker’ backed by minimal instrumentation in ukelele, a bass and drum kit. It didn’t help the levels weren’t very high and other people’s conversationwas easily heard. I’ve since listened to their recordings and they sound good, but I wasn’t at all drawn in by what I saw.
I was hoping for a good set from Quiet Child, who had supported Opeth on their Australian tour recently but in no way was I expecting such an enjoyable listening experience! I had one of those moments where my mind was completely transfixed by what was going happening in the music that I thought about nothing else. The guitars blended perfectly together to create excellent sound scapes amongst the drums and soaring vocals. Those vocals! Wow. They really stood out. I highly recommend checking this band out if you’re into prog-rock.
I hadn’t seen Ennis Tola since about September last year at the Hi-Fi. Which is a bit of a strange venue for sound and gigs in general, I wasn’t really that happy with the sound then. The band consist of 5 members, A drummer, singer/acoustic guitar, Clarinet/saxophone/keys, bassist and electric guitar. They have a sort of prog-rock sound but with a large influence of middle eastern and world music which gives them a very unique sound. They played a really tight set, nailing all of the time changes (and there is quite a few) Ennis Tola are a really impressive live act because of this, as well as their dynamics through out their songs. An honourable mention also to the lead singer Tom Fitzgerald’s voice which I absolutely LOVE. It has this really deep and full timbre to it which suits the music of Ennis Tola so well. The recordings they have do them no justice at all, you must go and see their live show.