Olympia – Black Bear Lodge

In All, Live Music

On Friday night I was happy to be back shooting at Black Bear Lodge . Not being able to get out as much as I would like these days a return to Black Bear was like catching up with an old friend. The same cool crowd was in attendance listening to the best new and upcoming acts Australia has to offer.

This night was Olympia‘s turn to play to a packed Black Bear Lodge where they are warmly welcomed. Olivia Bartley, the driving force behind Olympia, was recently described as ‘brooding and  delicate’. I can’t think of any better description for the gig. With a new album making the rounds everyone was provided with an opportunity to see Olympia at the top of their game.


On thing that was not on top of it’s game was the drum kit. A broken snare drum had Olivia working the crowd with some random stories about staring at other people ion cars (I think that was what she was saying anyway). After grasping at straws for a while she launched into Rock and Roll Suicide played with enormous passion and an obvious close connection to the David Bowie classic. For someone that has only been around for a relative short time there is real charisma to how she holds the stage delivering musical gold to an intrigued BBL crowd.

After some rapid repair work the gig is able to continue and the band provides the waiting crowd a resounding performance of tracks off the new album Self Talk.  This is an album that firmly places Olympia as ones to watch over the next little while. Smoke Signals has this real catchy feel and I can’t get out of my head. It is a simple pop song with Kate Bush like vocals, ripping guitar solos and a beautiful base line the whole way through (it also a has a super cool video clip). Check this amazing lead lady out soon before you have to to fight the masses to get a look. Thanks for having me along Olivia, hope to see you up this way again soon.

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