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Montaigne at Northcote Social Club - Review

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On Friday 6th Nov, I had the privilege of attending Montaigne's one & only Melbourne concert for her 'Clip My Wings' tour. I'll describe the experience, should you consider checking out this prodigy next time she's 'round. Let's begin - earlier that evening:

Cutting my travel time too fine, getting lost, packed parking, I arrived late! "Bloody...ugh". Anyway, only by a small margin (2 songs). Yet, enough to cause the irrits given what I was missing. So after huffing, huffing again, I entered at 11:10pm - on the dot. I probed the darkness, past the tired receptionist, to a jam-packed crowd. Whoa! Never seen so many standing in one room - besides the mens, half-time at the football. I stood there, scanning the audience: carefree girls dancing on the side, potbellied blokes drooling by the stage, bartender having trouble concentrating, cameras/iphones raised in the air - EVERYONE was having a ball! (Well, mostly everyone) And so packed, didn't even bother to search for the few I knew.


Montaigne
c/o Montaigne


Arriving late, was stuck at the back. First 20 minutes, couldn't even see Jess! Instead, spying on raised cameras to catch glimpses. Obviously, the night didn't start well. Uh-uh. Stepping aside for guzzlers, watching backs of heads, fronts of heads - absolutely kicking myself. But whilst I couldn't see Jess (Montaigne is her moniker), her power still hit me. Vocals - SMASHED it out of the ballpark! Guitar and piano playing - AWESOME; not just cos she knew lots of notes/chords, but way she BELTED THEM OUT! And when those around me fanned out, I could finally see her! And boy, was the initial mucking around worth it. Audacious performance. Magnetic presence. So absorbing coulda been singing Baa, Baa, Black Sheep.


Montaigne
c/o Montaigne


In addition to onstage, Jess also had the courtesy to speak to fans afterwards. And I don't mean from behind a table. No! Jess was there! With us! Out in the open, for ANYONE to approach her! And approach her, I did. And what's the first thing I say? ME: "Hi, I'm Chris. I interviewed you". JESS: "Oh". ME: "You don't remember my voice?" Ugh, gor blimey! Wouldn't have blamed her running. But no, Jess braved the swarm, and me. Felt sorry for this 5ft-nothing 20yo - cornered by overexcited revelers and overcurious creeps (guilty). Nevertheless, she availed herself to anyone and everyone.


Montaigne
c/o Montaigne


Jess is extremely personable, not to mention funny. She genuinely reaches out. And only twenty! I daresay, tough gig for such a young person. But this powerhouse is doing just fine. And I, like many, eagerly awaiting news of her next concert - pledging I'll leave on time.


Montaigne
c/o Montaigne


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