19 Jun 2024
UsernamePassword

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Sofia Machray - Gig Review: Sofia Machray @ Whammy Bar, Auckland - 19/08/2023

21 Aug 2023 // A review by Lou Clement

Sofia Machray brought her Language of Flowers show, the last of a five-night nationwide tour, to Whammy Bar in Auckland. Machray has recently released her debut 6-track EP and tonight was the premier of her music for Tamaki Makarau. In support were Frank On Tap and CRYSTAL.

This was one of the most incredible evenings of live music I’ve been to in a long time. Some have said that live music audience etiquette has suffered due to lockdown and that might be true. I think when you go to see a band, it’s a respectful place where you pay attention. We’ve all been there when a delicate ballad or an intricately composed piece of music is being performed and someone is having a conversation about their life in the back. It’s not ok. However, Whammy was packed out for the evening and the cheering and applause put paid to any distractions, thank goodness. The enthusiasm was palpable.

Frank On Tap are usually a four-piece band, but tonight Zar and Max performed as a duo with heartbreak effortless vocals and a lot of charm. Their standout track for me was Fall Through Your Shadow. It had poetic, evocative lyrics, distinctive vocals and was delivered with passion. Frank On Tap are due to release an EP in the later part of the year.

CRYSTAL hadn’t performed in three years, but still managed to make the whole performance look easy. She brought an influence of Billie Eilish to her delivery, matched with her own personal lyrics. She said she was aware many people might not know her music very well and so delivered a fun cover of Circles by Post Malone. Her guitarist and drummer were great too.

CRYSTAL had invited her day-job customers in hospo to the event, and they all came it seemed. Creatives often have many strings to their bows when it comes to work, and it was really heartwarming to see the support and meaning that an evening of performance can bring to someone who is working hard to build a creative career and pay the rent. Song highlights for me were Skin and Crumbs.

Sofia Machray and her band took to the stage with the kind of energy that could power houses. It was infectious and the crowd brought the place down in response. Machray has command of her voice in a way which must draw comparisons with Beth Orton or PJ Harvey. I loved the title Language of Flowers and one after another each song was performed seamlessly and with gusto. Here are people who love what they do.

My personal standout track was Forget Me Not. Bathed in blue light, Sofia sang "maybe I’ll see him in another life, just let go it’ll be alright", it was jaw-droppingly beautiful. She managed to capture the sadness and indecision of loving someone or not. It was also great to hear her singles Petals In The Rain and Foundations. Her music has been described as ethereal and shoegaze and I would add that to see her live, really is the opportunity you need to understand the art of Sofia Machray. And it was really something to be part of.


Photo Credit: Taiga SemoriSofia Machray Photo Gallery
Frank On Tap Photo Gallery
CRYSTAL Photo Gallery

 

About Sofia Machray

Described by pop-culture magazine Sniffers as ‘captivating', Sofia Machray is an independent dream-rock singer-songwriter from the heart of the mountains in Arrowtown, New Zealand. Stretching out over moody rockers and soft-burning hooks Sofia delved into the realm of indie music from a young age as a self-taught guitarist from 6 years old. Drawing on timeless concepts and the vast landscapes that raised, she began to cultivate and express herself through the medium of songwriting. In 2018 she made the move to Wellington to study music at Massey University where she met her 4-piece support band.

Becoming a strong forerunner in New Zealand’s independent scene, Machray was quick to win the hearts of music lovers close to home and abroad. Touring Aotearoa off the back of her debut single Handstands in 2020, the song went on to chart number 1 on various independent radio stations and led to her sharing stages with indie icons such as Palace, Wax Mustang, Dolphin Friendly, Ha The Unclear, and Racing.

2023 saw the release of Machray's dreamy debut record Language Of Flowers which attracted solid attention and support from both international/local media earning its spot on the Student Radio Network chats with multiple tracks such as Petals In The Rain, Foundations, and Crumbs climbing to number 1.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Sofia Machray

Releases

Language of Flowers
Year: 2023
Type: EP

Other Reviews By Lou Clement

Gig Review: Carb on Carb @ Wine Cellar, Auckland - 17/05/2024
19 May 2024 // by Lou Clement
Carb On Carb took to the Wine Cellar stage in Auckland on Friday night to showcase their album Take Time which was released on the same day, 17 May, 2024. As soon as I heard this band I instantly thought they would be amazing live, and I wasn’t wrong.
Read More...
Gig Review: Tess Liautaud @ Wine Cellar, Auckland - 4/05/2024
06 May 2024 // by Lou Clement
Otautahi-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Tess Liautaud took to the stage of the Wine Cellar, a basement venue, on Karangahape Road, on an autumnal Saturday evening. Tonight was the Tamaki Makaurau show of her nine-date nationwide Gold Digger tour.
Read More...
Gig Review: Bach Musica NZ @ Auckland Town Hall - 14/04/2024
15 Apr 2024 // by Lou Clement
The historic setting of Auckland Town Hall, with its long and celebrated history of live music, was the ideal location for Bach Musica NZ. This was the first of a program of performances taking place throughout the year and bringing to the stage some favourite classical music pieces.
Read More...
Festival Review: The Others Way @ Auckland - 01/12/2023
02 Dec 2023 // by Lou Clement
Music venue haven that Karangahape Road is, it’s the perfect location for a festival takeover. Stopping short of closing the main street The Others Way festival seeks to fill every venue, at times simultaneously, with music.
Read More...
Gig Review: Ebony Lamb @ Whammy Bar, Auckland - 10/11/2023
12 Nov 2023 // by Lou Clement
Singer songwriter Ebony Lamb treated the tightly packed Auckland, Tamaki Makaurau crowd to a night of new music from her self-titled debut solo album. The gig was part of a seven-date Aotearoa tour which began October 27th, and finished in Paekakariki on Saturday, November 11th.
Read More...
Gig Review: Princess Chelsea @ Neck Of The Woods, Auckland - 19/10/2023
20 Oct 2023 // by Lou Clement
Princess Chelsea began her international Everything Is Going To Be Alright tour, at Neck of the Woods in Auckland with a full house on Thursday 19 October. Bringing her 2022 album of the same title in its entirety to the stage, with her band Jasmine Balmer, Joshua Worthington-Church, David Harris, Joe Kaptein, Kate Tindall, and Simeon Kavanagh-Vincent.
Read More...
Gig Review: Clementine Valentine @ Whammy Bar, Auckland - 16/09/2023
16 Sep 2023 // by Lou Clement
Clementine Valentine took to the Whammy stage in Auckland on the fourth and final date of their nationwide album release tour. Their new album entitled The Coin That Broke The Fountain Floor, was released through Flying Nun Records in August 2023.
Read More...
Gig Review: Tom Lark @ Whammy Bar, Auckland - 5/08/2023
07 Aug 2023 // by Lou Clement
Tom Lark recently brought his Brave Star tour to Tamaki Makarau along with his band and support from K M T P. Lark has been absent from both touring and releasing music for a number of years.
Read More...
View All Articles By Lou Clement

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • HOUDINI
    Eminem
  • MILLION DOLLAR BABY
    Tommy Richman
  • PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
    Sabrina Carpenter
  • BIRDS OF A FEATHER
    Billie Eilish
  • ESPRESSO
    Sabrina Carpenter
  • A BAR SONG (TIPSY)
    Shaboozey
  • TOO SWEET
    Hozier
  • I HAD SOME HELP
    Post Malone feat. Morgan Wallen
  • NOT LIKE US
    Kendrick Lamar
  • LUNCH
    Billie Eilish
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem