Pool Boy Album Launch @ The Bird

Words: Jasmine Uitermark-Thaung

The other night was the most packed I’ve ever seen The Bird on a Wednesday, and what a Wednesday it was!

Supported by a local line-up of Bird favourites; Laurel Fixation, Divorce Party and Dream Rimmy, everyone was kind of in their own world for the Pool Boy gig, as the smoke infused corridor consumed patrons, plunging them into the laidback atmosphere.

By the time Divorce Party had sound checked on stage, the inside part of the venue was bubbling at the brim with grooving bodies who’d consumed far too much beer. I however would like to contradict myself here and say, can you ever actually have too much beer? Probably but it sure makes for one heck of a time.

Overcoming the somewhat fuzzy sounds, Divorce Party revelled in the mood the crowd were bringing. Light and reflective, the Freo act instilled some nostalgia in me, whilst their song The Weight gave me some seriously beachy vibes.

Wednesday, clearly had a lot of firsts in store for my deprived youth as I heard Pool Boy live for the first time and I’ve got to say, I loved it. Their album bby. is so uniquely them, as the lamented stutter of electronic pads clipped our ears it wasn’t hard for The Bird crowd to see that. Amongst their best received tracks, Thermophile and TV were up there, with Beth Common’s voice possessing an injection of dreamy nostalgia and pent up sass. That being said the set wasn’t without its hiccups, but what gig is?! Even the dudes that jumped on the inflatable couch couldn’t kill the signals Pool Boy sent out. A trio that don’t give a flying fuck and produce catchy tracks? Yeah, that’s what we’re about.