Live Review: Oh Wonder's electric set at the Rosemount Hotel
After the cancellation of Southbound in 2016, due to the tragic Yarloop bushfires, Oh Wonder's show at the Rosemount has been a long time coming. Fans waited patiently outside the doors of the main stage, to see their band play in their state properly for the first time, and on opening, burst forth like the flood of beautiful people they are. This show was for them, and damn it did not disappoint.
The vocals in this band are hard to believe when recorded, let alone when heard live, right in front of your ears. Their harmonies are impossibly electric, and should be awed like any great natural wonder.
Never before has an audience felt so included, despite maybe not being the best singers, or the most confident dancers. Anthony West gestured to the audience in almost every song, beckoning us to give our all to the music, the way we have over so many years. As someone who is used to dancing alone on balmy evenings, belting out 'Drive' while putting the washing out, it was a spiritual experience to hear hundreds of people sing lyrics that were theirs as well as mine.
In a set that needed no preamble, but moved seamlessly from track to track, Josephine Vander Gucht broke the silence to encourage the audience in their dark times. This eloquent display of true affection for her fans led into an impeccable rendition of 'All We Do'; the emotion was palpable. If there's one thing I can say about Oh Wonder, it's that they'll be there for you, you know.
Raw songs like 'All We D'o were perfectly interspersed with dance beats, and heck did we dance like the world was ending. The Rosie has never seen a crowd to unified in their boppin' on a night no one will forget.
If these guys come to town again you know where I'll be. It's time for another encore.