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Live Photos + Review: Alex Cameron With Roy Molloy - Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland

Live Photos + Review: Alex Cameron With Roy Molloy - Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland

Review by Roy Irwin / Photography by Connor Crawford / Friday 16th February, 2018 10:26AM

I arrived late after getting caught in a conversation with my Uber driver who was reeling from a recent break up. Jack Ladder was mid-set and sweat-glazed, he often looked out with slight sneers on his face which practically shape-shifted somehow and was mesmerising. I'm not overly familiar with Jack's music but I recognised his encore songs 'Cold Feet' and 'Come On Back This Way'. During 'Cold Feet' a woman eating a Chupa Chup leaned over and said to a guy, "Hey! I really like your friend!". The guy acknowledged her with an unenthused nod and on his lonesome he swayed to the heartbreaking synth track and it was beautiful.

Between sets I watched some excited Alex Cameron fans take selfies. I ran into saxophone player Roy Molloy on the way to the bathroom. "Hey Roy, my name is Roy too" I said. "Really!? Aw nice to meet ya mate! How are ya?" Roy Molloy replied. He was nice and reminded me of your weird uncle who gets pissed on cheap wine at family gatherings, and doesn't say a lot but will almost always accidentally break a child's arm and ruin the entire evening.

Alex and band walked onto the stage looking like entertainers in every aspect and they played immaculately, opening with 'Studmuffin96'. One thing I noticed is that everybody loves Roy Molloy. They screamed every time there was a sax solo and often shouted his name between songs, at one point even chanting his name. It was effortless and cool and Alex was handsome and charming, softly speaking to the audience between every song.

Mid-set Roy Molley took the microphone to review the stool that he was sitting on. "It's soft and feels like black leather... 4 out of 5 stars!" The crowd roared and started chanting "Stool." Next up was 'Candy May', a couple started gyrating all over each other. These people have obviously had a lot of sex to this song and it was disgusting. The set was hit after hit with every song filled with constant pop hooks, it was difficult not to enjoy yourself. I also loved how well Alex and his keyboardist's voice went together and she filled in for Angel Olson's parts in duet 'Stranger's Kiss'.

Although overall it was a hokey performance, the sincerity was there and the fanfare was well deserved. Alex Cameron live might not change your life, but they will without a doubt show you a good time.

See below for Connor Crawford's stunning snaps of the show...


Alex Cameron with Roy Molloy
Alex Cameron with Roy Molloy
Alex Cameron with Roy Molloy
Alex Cameron with Roy Molloy
Alex Cameron with Roy Molloy
Alex Cameron with Roy Molloy

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Fri 16th Feb
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