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Review: Grizzly Bear at the Sydney Opera House

I can assure you that Grizzly Bear are not running short on either creativity and originality. As they walked onto the stage at the Sydney Opera House’s beautiful Concert Hall, a hush washed over the crowd.

Opening with Speak In Rounds, I was surprised to learn that Ed, Daniel and Chris all sing (having believed it was all Ed from listening casually to the band over the years). As things progressed, I was even more surprised by the number of instruments each member can play, especially Chris who can seemingly do it all.

In such a grand venue, louder tracks such as Gun-Shy, Cheerleader and Two Weeks sounded amazing, but I found myself mesmerised by the softer and more subtle tracks.

A highlight was the dark and brooding Shift, with soft whistling, dual vocals, palm-muted guitar and spine-tingling falsetto. It left me with a sense that it is on the quieter tracks that Grizzly Bear truly shine live.

Being the final show for the band in support of their 2012 LP, Shields, it was a special night – made even more so by the iconic nature of the building.

Setlist:
Speak in Rounds
Adelma
Sleeping Ute
Cheerleader
Lullabye
Little Brother
Yet Again
Shift
A Simple Answer
Foreground
Gun-Shy
Ready, Able
While You Wait for the Others
On a Neck, On a Spit
What’s Wrong
Two Weeks
Half Gate
Sun in Your Eyes
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Knife
Colorado
All We Ask (Acoustic)

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About the author

Cormack is a Melbourne based freelance writer and photographer. He loves to travel, drink red wine, and spin records. On the weekends you’ll most likely find him eating pork buns or shaking up cocktails for his friends.

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