Image: Vasili Papathanasopoulos
Western Sydney alt-rockers The Shang returned last week with their new single, Here I Stand. To celebrate the release, the four-piece took to the stage at Sydney's Oxford Art Factory last night, marking their first headline show since their sold-out residency last year at The Lord Gladstone.
Joining in on the fun was Sydney band, Rainbow Riders. Bringing their 'high vibrational' approach to surf rock, the three-piece thread psychedelic influences to their set, with hints of spoken word punk laced throughout. Made up of Shelly Fitzpatrick, Lucas Trevisan and Lucas Cavanagh, the trio crafted a set full of positivity whilst pushing the boundaries of individualism.
Opening with Long Way Up, the lead single from the bands sophomore EP, Tales of the Wild South West, The Shang had their audience captivated from the moment they stepped on stage. Playing tracks from their catalogue, the four-piece expertly showcased their individual musicianship prowess, whilst working in unison to create a dynamic set. Tracks like Kiki and Games had the crowd bouncing around the dance-floor, before demanding "one more song" from the band upon the end of the set. Returning to the stage with "one for the magpies", the band covered the Hoodoo Gurus classic, What's My Scene.
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