Review: Meg Mac at the Corner Hotel, 28 September 2015
A very ‘Melbourne’ crowd swarmed Richmond’s Corner Hotel to bask in the alluring presence of Sydneysider Meg Mac, better known as Megan McInerney, on September 28.
Following a solid warm-up from local singer-songwriter Ali Barter and Sydney’s Sophie Lowe (a school friend of McInerney’s), red wine drinkers, turtleneck wearers and music lovers stood in awe as McInerney emerged from the shadows.
Wearing all black, except for a golden cape draped across her shoulders, the 24-year-old lovingly described her look as “super dramatic”.
Opening with Before Trouble, McInerney maintained strong eye contact with fans as she clapped her hands in unison with her back-up singers, one of whom was her younger sister Hannah.
The pair gazed intently at each other several times throughout the night indicating a strong bond between the two both as siblings and musicians.
The crowd hung on every word as McInerney’s voice soared and crooned, her dark and sultry tone complementing the music perfectly.
McInerney said it felt weird to be playing on a Monday night and seemed genuinely surprised that it was her third of four completely sold-out shows at the Corner Hotel that week.
With a voice that itself pays homage to the greats, McInerney also covered Jimmy Ruffin’s What Becomes of the Brokenhearted and raised many smartphones with her popular rendition of Grandma’s Hands by Bill Withers.
A highlight of the night was the mesmerising piecing together of St Philomene. Using a loop pedal, McInerney layered vocal harmonies, breathy whispers, percussive chest bumps and tongue clicking to build a stunning foundation for the French lyrics. An ode to the loss of her lucky necklace, McInerney explained that this song was now her lucky charm, and laughed that “it doesn’t always work” after a few attempts to get the timing of the vocal loops just right.
Roll Up Your Sleeves and Never Be were clear crowd favourites and McInerney’s voice was almost drowned out by the crowd singing along.
The beauty of McInerney’s entire set was in its focus on her vocal melodies. Simple piano chords, basslines and drums were all that was needed to accompany such a full-bodied voice.
Although the Corner Hotel was a wonderfully intimate setting, it’s unlikely we’ll see her in such a small venue again once she reaches the heights her talent deserves.
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