Amy Shark review: Confident Shark feels right at home in sea of fans
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Amy Shark review: Confident Shark feels right at home in sea of fans

Amy Shark
★★★★
Enmore Theatre, September 1

Amy Shark's confidence has soared, as has her fan base.

Amy Shark's confidence has soared, as has her fan base.

Photo: Ian Laidlaw

It is without any irony that Amy Shark arrives on stage for her national tour to Do You Hear the People Sing. The stirring anthem from Les Miserables, a call to arms of the people, is a bit of a metaphor for her meteoric rise to the top of the Australian music industry.

Since her breakout single Adore went viral just over a year ago, Shark’s career has been almost entirely powered by fans and if Saturday night’s Sydney show is a measure of their power, it is drawn from their predilection to sing along.

Her debut album Love Monster is only six weeks old but as Shark wheeled through its tracks, and those from her EP Nightthinker, it was clear this crowd has had it on high rotation.

In previous iterations of Shark’s live shows it has always been difficult to escape the fact that she is just as surprised as anyone that there are people in the audience, let alone people who are eager to see her perform. But 18 months of almost constant touring seems to have convinced her that she deserves the “house full” signs that sit outside her shows nowadays. And with that comes a confidence that was somewhat lacking in the past.

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Backed only by a drummer and a bass guitarist who also lends his talents to the keys, this is very much the Amy Shark show. Vocally she is just as good, perhaps even better, than she is on her albums. She plays the newer tracks just as they are written and throws some improvisation onto the older tracks, making them feel fresh and interesting.

Shark’s previous tours have been in tiny rooms and there was a risk that larger houses like the Enmore might swallow up the diminutive soloist. But as her career has grown, it’s as if she has too; she fills the room with her personality, voice and the self-deprecating humour that has become her brand.

She manages to make a cavern feel like the back room at a pub in the suburbs where you have gone to watch a friend play.If she keeps that up, this meteoric rise she has enjoyed is only going to be the beginning.