I’ll start by saying, I’m no stranger to the Gasometer Hotel in Collingwood, but I had never set foot inside the Bandroom. It was a charming little venue that reminded me of the local pubs you’d find in British films. In saying that, I found that the Bandroom was possibly too small for The Hunter Express, as the audience packed in for what was a night of music to remember.
The first act of the night, Jane Sea, was a last-minute fill in. She definitely succeeded beyond her role, however! Her powerful vocals shone through as she played a mixed set of covers and originals. I adored her acoustic cover of MGMT’s Electric Feel, as she was able to impress with her vocal ability.
Scott Candlish was the next act to take the stage and despite his laid-back nature, he didn’t fail to deliver. I found it difficult to place him into one particular genre without any prior research, but he did give off a folky vibe with some country undertones. Regardless, I really enjoyed his set! He performed part of his set alongside his friend Annabelle and their voices balanced each other out superbly. A highlight of his set included the launch of his single ‘Two Feet.’
Concluding the night was main man Brad Ellis aka The Hunter Express who was launching his debut EP Bluestone Lane. His mixture of roots and big-band, as well as his heartfelt lyrics created an EP that is definitely worth checking out! Hoping You Don’t Mind at All, the leading single of the EP, was the most memorable song. It’s big-band vibe and catchy lyrics had everyone in the room singing and dancing away.
I also really enjoyed Feels Alright, as Brad was able to show off his folk ability. He and Scott performed part of his set together, which I loved as the banter between them was fun and easy-going. That is what I really appreciate about smaller gigs!
Despite the venue being crowded, three acts with bright futures played their hearts out in what was a great night of music!
Congratulations to The Hunter Express on the launch of his debut EP, Bluestone Lane.
Click here to buy Hunter Express’ EP titled Bluestone Lane.
Written by Jordyn Hoekstra.