On Monday night, Billabout caught Australian multinstrumentalist Gotye (real name: Wally De Backer) at the Bowery Ballroom in NYC. The Melbourne native and five-time Aria winner played to a sold-out crowd of everyone from friends and fellow Aussies to hipsters and yuppies.
Gotye at The Bowery Ballroom photo gallery
Gotye pairs tender, synthy romantics with percussive certainty, and consistently reels back and forth between two worlds: heartbreak and the bright-side. Less than half of his usual 11-piece band could fit on stage, which was likely a blessing; there’s no telling what would have happened if the already ecstatic crowd was asked to bear anything more in such intimate quarters. As it was, the excitement reached a new level when New Zealand singer/songwriter Kimbra appeared on-stage to sing their award-winning duet (off Gotye’s Album of the Year, “Making Mirrors”), “Somebody That I Used to Know.”
Also joining the band on stage was one excited fans’ powder-pink bra, with accurate aim enough to land it over Wally’s right shoulder. “Easy Way Out,” was quickly next, played wearing (of course), a powder pink bra.
The band is back in NYC a month from now — set to play Terminal 5 (March 25th) and Webster Hall (March 27th) — before traveling the U.S. on a tour that culminates with gigs at this year’s Coachella in mid April. Check out Goyte.com and Goyte Facebook for the latest news and tour updates.
Words and Photography by Anna Webber