There’s a fine line between avid fan and stalker; a line which I’m probably treading pretty lightly considering the amount of times I’ve seen Chet Faker in concert.
Places I’ve seen Faker aka Melbournian Nick Murphy live include Revolt, Splendour in the Grass, Boney and The Forum to name a few.
What keeps drawing me in? Maybe it’s the beard, maybe it’s those impressive vocals or maybe it’s the beanie. Most likely a combination of all three.
Regardless, Murphy fails to disappoint gig after gig and I just keep going back for more. After cancelling a succession of Victorian gigs earlier in the week due to laryngitis, whether or not the man would even make it on Saturday was up in the air.
Thankfully for me, a couple of days rest was enough to return to the stage in his home town to a sold out show at one of my favourite venues in the city – The Forum. That night sky ceiling always encourages one brave young soul to light up a sneaky joint and who could resist, right?
My first time seeing dear Chet since the drop of his debut record Built On Glass, this was one of his most impressive performances yet.
Boasting a larger repertoire and a more nuanced yet varied sound, Murphy showed off those intoxicatingly sensual vocals giving new tracks 1998, Talk Is Cheap and Cigarettes & Loneliness a spin as well as classics we know and love like I’m Into You and the song that launched his career, No Diggity. Drop The Game, the first drop off Lockjaw, Murphy’s collaborative EP with fellow Australian artist and friend Flume aka Harley Streten, also got a much appreciated spin.
A young man and a young artist, the feeling of playing to a sold out show in the city you grew up in must be incredible. As Murphy said, he can create the music he wants because of the support of his fans. So I guess being a
stalker big fan isn’t such a bad thing after all.
Unfortunately the rest of the Australian tour dates are sold out, but here’s a link to the Chet Faker Spotify page to satiate those Chet cravings.