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LIVE REVIEW: Hope D @ The Triffid

It is a strange world to be living in when the first thing you notice when you enter a venue is that there are no tables and chairs strategically laid out across the dance floor.

And while it meant my lazy bones would actually have to stand up for a show, Hope D’s performance at the Triffid brought the excitement required to keep me grooving.

Strutting out alone to certified Britney Spears’ slapper ‘Toxic’, Hope D started ‘Miscommunicate’ as a solo affair, before the band made their way onto the stage to help with the first chorus.

The lights went a predictable green as Hope played an unreleased track, ‘Emerald’, before giving another taste of her Cash Only EP, with ‘Life Sentence’.

It was during this slow burner that I noticed that Hope had snubbed years of OH&S convention, and had come onto stage wearing only socks. With such disregard for authority, her transition into punk music feels imminent.

For an upcoming release, Hope shared a song writing story with all the classic elements; too much weed, Cyclone ice blocks and Wii Sports. The track even opened with a bite of the iconic Wii Sports theme, before the band grabbed badminton racquets and started to bombard the crowd with shuttlecocks.

‘Addict’ was next, before even more upcoming music, with Hope D showcasing both a new track co-written with Australian music staple G-Flip, titled ‘Happy Hangover’, and a thrashier number with the guitar heavy ‘Senseless’. That earlier joke about Hope’s transition to punk was suddenly very real while listening to this new track.

To close out her regular set, Hope D went back to where it all started with ‘Swim’, the first song she released and the song that put her on the radar of Australian music fans - with beautiful stripped back extended bit. Hope best summarised the themes of this song when she bluntly stated “This song is about loving yourself and f*** everyone else.”

The encore was only a single song, and of course it was going to be the big one, the Hottest 100 charting ‘Second’.

Even while Hope D seemed to be hit by technical issues for a bit as she was forced to try and overcome some dodgy pedals - the crowd didn’t seem to notice or care. I mean, what’s one small hiccup in comparison to being able to dance in a crowd to your fave artists again?

It started in the beer garden outside that very venue, but with a fresh EP, a Hottest 100 placing single and a heap of unreleased songs, it feels as though selling out the Triffid three times over is still only the start of Hope D’s music career.

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