Image: Vasili Papathanasopoulos
When Chris Lanzon released his debut EP in May this year, he thought he wouldn’t get the chance to perform the tracks in a live setting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last night, only six months later, Lanzon took to the stage at Sydney’s The Factory Theatre to perform his debut headline shows.
Supported by Phebe Starr, the night was an excellent showcase of rising Australian talent. Starr performed a set of original songs, treating fans to the story of her chance encounter with Stevie Nicks before launching into a moving rendition of the Fleetwood Mac hit, Dreams.
Lanzon meticulously planned the details of his first ever live concert. Staged as if you were in his home studio, the musician created an intimate setting for audience members, reminding them early in the set that they’re all hanging out together on a Friday evening. With the stage shrouded in rugs, a few plants and some of the instruments he had picked up over the years, audience members were in for a treat.
Playing through songs off his debut EP, Melancholy, Lanzon reworked the songs to cater to the live experience. Taking to the stage with no band, the singer moved between the keys and guitar, both electric and acoustic, showing his versatility as a musician. His vocal performance was sublime, exhibiting the different tones and textures he is able to achieve.
Images: Vasili Papathanasopoulos
Earlier this month, Lanzon released his new single, New York, Falling Apart. Set to feature on the singers upcoming sophomore EP, the song fuses together threads of shoegaze rock and indie pop with electronic production, becoming the musicians most ambitious release. Watch our interview with Chris below!