REVIEW + SNAPS: Daughter | 170 Russell, Melbourne

Touring off the back of their incredibly well received sophomore album, Not To Disappear, Daughter visited Melbourne last Monday night to play to a sold out audience. It's not surprising tickets sold as fast as they did, Daughter has gained a sizeable and hungry fan base since their last trip down under with their last album peaking at an admirable 26th spot on the Aria charts.

Going to a gig on a Monday night always feels strange, but the line still wrapped far past the end of the block for Daughter, no one was missing this show. Of course, as the band launched into their hour and a half long set, it was instantly apparent why they were so well received by their Melbourne fans, even on a weekday. Appearing on stage shortly after support act and hometown hero Fracture's set (a fitting warm up for what was to come, albeit more energetic), Daughter had the audience wrapped around their timid fingers from the get go.

Some live bands differ from their recorded efforts so greatly, it's interesting to see them just to get a totally different vibe. However, Daughter play their tracks with such a refined finesse that the only difference between the studio and the stage is the chill-inspiring atmosphere. While they're not the kind of live band you can really dance to, just standing still and listening is satisfying enough. Lead vocalist Elena Tonra's vocals were simply insane, they carried a level of depth and uniqueness that simply can't be emulated by any one other than herself. Similarly, guitarist Igor Haefeli had the crowd wanting more with every solid note that he played. It was a vivid experience, to say the least.

Though verbal interactions with their audience were kept to a minimum (and when they did happen, they were timid and wholly humble), they really just weren't necessary- fans exploded into applause at every song break regardless. However at one stage, Haefeli did make a point of addressing the audience and thanking them for "coming out on a Monday night and getting depressed with us". The on stage dynamic between Elena Tonra and Igor Haefeli made up for any lack of dialogue, with the pair hitting every mark in unison without so much as a look shared between them. It's the kind of connection that has to be felt, and I'm sure each and every person standing in the audience felt it wholly.

Newer hits like  Numbers garnered a credible reaction, but it was clear that the crowd connected with the older stuff even more so. What was referred to as their "fun song", Home, lifted from their 2011 EP, picked up the atmosphere considerably. It was a brief respite from an otherwise slow-natured performance, and showcased a side of Daughter that fans may have forgotten.

The set was long, but as is the norm with a good performance, it certainly didn't feel like it. They closed their set with hit track Youth, which evoked an emotional sing-a-long from most people present. Despite the sudden raise in the crowd's collective voice, no one could obscure Tonra's impeccable vocals and she sent the night off with a bang.

It will likely be a long time until Daughter hits our shores again. In the meantime, I can relax knowing I got to witness such an impeccable performance from a band that just keeps getting better.

Photos by Michelle He

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