Friday 14 May
West Room, Brisbane QLD
Support: Stuck Out
Can you remember the last time you saw a band for your very first time? My first taste catching Yours Truly live was actually Unify Gathering back in 2019, but since then through their Afterglow EP and then their debut full-length, Self Care, I’ve grown to love what these young Sydney pop punkers have to offer the world. Given it’s been so damn long, this first YT gig almost felt like the first time all over again…
Tucked away in the loft of Brisbane’s Archive Beer Boutique in West End (I’m surprised as you are that this isn’t a show in the Valley!) is the city’s newest live music venue — West Room. It’s got a cool, edgy feel about the place and it’s the last location you’d expect to find a pop punk show.
Kicking off night one of the highly anticipated Self Care Tour was Melbourne’s Stuck Out. Already with a few EP releases under their belt, the boys brought their melodic yet catchy tunes to the keen and early crowd already filling the room. Vocalist Josh Walker has quite the charisma on stage, belting out their short collection of angsty punk. Having signed to Greyscale Records recently, Stuck Out are still on the ups, but they definitely piqued more than a few ears in the room with songs like ‘Inverse’ and the ever so infectious ‘Mindless’. Yours Truly frontwoman Mikaila Delgado even snuck up on stage early for the latter which proved to be a treat! Together they quickly hyped the crowd’s energy, with a few excited fans opening up the pit by the set’s end.
Yours Truly finally took centre stage, opening with ‘Siamese Souls’ helping to shape up the next 30-45 minutes of shimmery pop punk. Playing a plethora of tracks for the first time like ‘Vivid Dream’ and ‘Ghost’, the band convinced many why they’re the name on many a festival’s hit list. Mikaila is an empowering voice on stage, and the band’s overall live presence has really progressed from when I last saw them in January 2019. To make the night extra special, it just so happened to be Mikaila’s birthday, at which point guitarist Teddie Haron stepped side stage for a minute and came back with a cake to present to their leading frontwoman, which then began a crowd singalong of ‘Happy Birthday’. Awwh, what a wholesome, surreal moment for us all in attendance.
What really rounded up the night though was the moment Mikaila segued with a story about her best friend, launching into the band’s lighter, heartfelt tune, ‘Undersize’. That song alone summed up the band’s latest album perfectly. It really was the ultimate form of self care. Shout out to the two girls in my vicinity that evening who looked to be having a great time singing along. Experiencing Yours Truly live kinda gives you that wholesome feeling you get when you’re hanging with your best mate and it’s like nothing else matters.
While Yours Truly are still young and have plenty of growth ahead of them, the way they performed on stage tonight is definitely proof these kids are proud and grateful for what they’ve achieved so far. Watching them blossom into a full-fledged pop punk act is a huge thrill, and honestly, if you were there, you’d probably have caught onto all that positive energy too. I’ve been in a great mood ever since!
Gig Review by Tamara May @citylightstam