My girlfriend is a huge fan of Ben Lee’s album ‘Awake is the New Asleep‘, which is not suprising, as it was a bit of a bolt out of the blue when it was first released, even earning Ben Lee an ARIA award for Best Male Artist and Best Independent Release in 2005. (interestingly, the same year Missy Higgins won Best Female Artist - a much needed acknowledgement to young australian songwriters, rather than the usual schmaltz that wins such awards)
After managing to acquire free tickets (thanks O2 to see his only london show, an exclusive private show at Indigo2, I took my gf through the O2 metal detectors and pat down, and into the club. The first openers The Parlotones put on an energetic set of tight panted rock, and the second openers, The Ruby Suns, put on an interesting set of, from what I could tell, carribean-progressive-electro.
Ben Lee came on in a typically playful mood, joking around not just between songs, but also during them, adding verses, and silly solo sections. While he comes off as cocky to some (even covering the hate-song ‘Ben Lee’, by The Atari’s), I feel he doesnt take himself to seriously and just enjoys writing bouncy pop songs. Overall I enjoyed it, and my gf was over the moon when he played the big numbers from her favorite album.