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Concert Reviews

Concert Review: Amy Shark And Her Love Monster

Where: Powerstation, Auckland NZ
When: 13 Sep 2018
Radio13
I Said Hi

Amy Shark’s rise has been swift and sudden. It wasn’t that long ago that the Aussie pop singer was performing in front of a handful of people in a bar on K Road.

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Now, a few months later, and she’s playing to a packed house at the Powerstation.

It goes to show what an endearing personality and a few catchy tunes can do these days.

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The rapid rise along with the love of her fans wasn’t lost on Amy, describing the show as, “one of the best nights of my entire life”.

And her audience could barely contain themselves.

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Shark appeared on stage lit in silhouette and standing in profile after some stirring introductory music from Les Miserables. While she was pouring her heart into the lyrics of You Think I Think I Sound Like God, there were folks in the crowd audibly screaming, almost to distraction.

But Amy held it together, and delivered a tight set based around her debut album, Love Monster, and a few tunes from her EP, Night Thinker.

That’s all she needed.

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To be honest, songs such as Leave Us Alone, Drive You Mad and Don’t Turn Around… huge emotion-drenched power ballads… started to sound similar. But no one seemed to care.

Amy stopped before quite a few of the song to talk about their back story, which almost always included a broken relationship. Her most entertaining tale came before Never Coming Back which featured a spot-on Kiwi accent.

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At one point Shark spoke about recording with a “punk rock legend” and names like Iggy and Patti immediately came to mind. But the legend she was referring to was Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 who sang Psycho with her on the album.

Oops..my bad.

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Amy played guitar and sang and was backed by two anonymous gentlemen, one who played drums, the other, bass, guitar and keys. I’m pretty sure I heard a few other parts that weren’t emanating from live musicians, but, again, no one seemed to care.

In fact, a good time was had by all. Amy’s cover of Wheatus’ Teenage Dirtbag elicited a singalong and the trio of hits that closed the show… Weekend, Adore and I Said Hi… sent everyone home with a song in their heart and a smile on their face.

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Wellington based NZ singer songwriter Solomon Crook opened the Auckland show with a red hot Ibanez guitar and a whole lot of soul.

Radio 13 thanks and credits Reuben Raj from SomeBizarreMonkey for all the photographs in this article. More photographs further below. 

Amy Shark's set list:

  1. You Think I Think I Sound Like God
  2. Blood Brothers
  3. I Got You
  4. Don’t Turn Around
  5. Psycho
  6. The Idiot
  7. Never Coming Back
  8. Leave Us Alone
  9. Drive You Mad
  10. I’m A Liar
  11. Mess Her Up
  12. All Loved Up
  13. Teenage Dirtbag
  14. Weekends
  15. Adore
  16. I Said Hi
Written By: Radio13