IT'S HOT - SHORT FILM
BRIANNA CARPENTER - MUSICIAN
Following the short film, Brianna Carpenter was the first artist to step up to the stage. Accompanied by another vocalist, Brianna took position behind her keyboard. The RAW Showcase was absolutely packed and the audience were still buzzing from the short film. But when the first notes came out of her mouth to her song Jacqueline, there was an audible hush in the audience. Looking into her background I discovered Brianna’s immense musical history. She has been nominated and received many awards for her songwriting and other abilities. She also made the Top 12 in Australian Idol five years ago. After her breathtaking performance, it’s not hard to see why she has so many accolades. Those who are a fan of recent powerful female singers such as Regina Spektor, Sarah Blasko and Kate Nash will love Brianna’s voice. A standout song of the night has to be Landslide. Maybe there’s something special in the “Carpenter” name, but I can see Brianna joining the Australian singing greats.
The first thing that I thought when Capital Control graced the stage was, Wow, this band have obviously been around a long time the way they’re playing so tight. Turns out that Capital Control haven’t played together in a year! One of the best qualities of a live band is when they have the ability to put together a set that flows seamlessly from one song to the next. Capital Control nailed it. Their music seemed to fall in the Indie Rock genre with songs like My Head. However, there’s something about them that makes you want to move. It’s impossible to listen to What You’re Looking For without swaying around. Capital Control’s general likeability made them an awesome band to see live.
Burlesque performer Lillian Lace was the performing artist of the evening. After taking the stage covered by feathers, the energy in the room reached a high and the audience became excited. Lillian performed with ease, style and a little bit of cheekiness. Although she is relatively new to the burlesque scene, her performance made it seem as though she had been doing it for years. She oozed sophistication and confidence, which for most seems daunting to do wearing sexy lingerie in front of a full audience. Lillian is nominated for Miss Burlesque Australia 2013.