Boy & Bear play to a packed house at the Empire Theatre.
Boy & Bear play to a packed house at the Empire Theatre. Laura Hunt

Boy & Bear rock the Empire

BOY & Bear got the welcome they deserved Sunday night when they played to a packed house at the Empire Theatre.

The venue's significance wasn't lost on the band, who followed strong support acts Tim Sparrow and The Jungle Giants.

"I hope you don't get offended when I call you 'regional', but not all the regional places we play look like this," singer Dave Hosking said.

"This is beautiful."

It was the first time the band had graced a Toowoomba stage and following their stellar 90-minute performance, hopefully won't be their last.

They pumped out the crowd favourites, including Feeding Line, Milk and Sticks and Part Time Believer, but it was their infamous cover of a Crowded House classic that was the real standout.

Fall at your feet, played midway through the set, was given a Neil Young makeover with a few bars of Heart of Gold played midway through.

And while drummer Tim Hart spoke about the perils of "gold star stickers that always fold up at the corners" in between songs, the audience were treated to two new songs from the boys including Three-headed woman.

If the new material is any indication of what's to come, Boy & Bear fans should be excited.

Prior to their Toowoomba show, guitarist Killian Gavin said the rest of this year would be spent on tour and writing new material.

"We'll be back overseas for festivals, and then keep working on album number two," he said.
It was definitely a gold star performance by one of Australia's best local acts.


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