I CALL VAL – BADLANDS BEER GARDEN – 14/11/18
By Nicola Arnold
Photography by Andy Brunn
Perth band I Call Val, had the launch of their ‘Erase Her’ music video last Wednesday (14th Nov 2018) at Badlands Beer Garden. Along with a killer line up of local acts, I Call Val had themed cocktails with pink glow sticks and a stack of merchandise for sale. First of the support acts were The Casuals who brought their post punk/power pop flare and energy to the room, getting everyone in a dancing mood and ready to party the night away. With the front-man dressed in red checked trousers, they weren’t easy to miss and you wouldn’t want to, The Casuals put on a great performance and were a wonderful start to the nights festivities.
Indie-pop act, Platform 2 were next to play and performed to a crowd of less then a hundred but could easily have been playing for an audience of thousands with the confidence and raw talent that streamed off of each song they played. Lead singer and keys player, Grace Newton-Wordsworth blew the crowd away with her stunning vocals, showing effortless control and ability.
Last of the support acts were Triangle Fight, a rockin’ band that certainly knew how to get the audience up on their feet! By the time their set had finished, everyone had had a few to drink and were definitely in the party spirit with people dancing and having a jive at the front of the dancefloor. Finally the moment we’d all been waiting for, the premier of I Call Val’s music video for ‘Erase Her’ was played. The video was presented on the big screen at the back of the stage in the beer garden and lead singer Paige Savill thanked everyone who’d helped make the video possible. The screen lit up and everyone cheered as the video started, the video used a cheeky mannered humour to convey the songs messages and was filmed in multiple locations around Perth that any local would recognise. Overall it was a professional, well made music video that I Call Val should most definitely be proud of.
After the premier of the video, I Call Val played their set to close the night. Front woman, Paige Savill lighting up the stage with her fluorescent yellow hair and incredible vocals. Throughout the bands set, it was easy to see the hard work that’s been put into rehearsals to make sure every song is perfect on stage and that the extra bit of practice really does go the extra mile. The whole band had such a great vibe on stage and gave everyone in the (now quite large) crowd the feeling that when the music’s so good it’s impossible to keep still! The band played through all of their fan favourites including their debut single that came out a year ago called ‘System is Failing’. It was easy to see the fans in the venue singing this track at the top of their lungs. I Call Val ended their set with a live version of ‘Erase Her’ to tie up the launch and to get that catchy tune stuck in everyone’s heads for the ride home.
The overall launch was absolutely brilliant, the event was well organised and all the bands on the line-up killed it (musically). I couldn’t fault any of the bands even if I wanted to, they were all so incredibly talented, organised and most of all just lovely people. It was so great to see such a collection of talented Perth musos all supporting each others music.
The only piece of criticism I could give is that the event started a little late for a Wednesday, but that could just be me needing my nanna nap after a long day at work. Lol.
I Call Val are an incredible live act and one that I’m sure will be leaving the Perth scene soon enough to follow in the footsteps of other talented artists and taking their show on the road. So next time you see I Call Val playing a show near you, in fact, any of the acts that were on this line up, I would highly recommend seeing them at a local venue before they all start selling tickets for arena shows!