ALI BARTER has shared stages with the best of them, from The War On Drugs and Phosphorescent to The Rubens to City Calm Down. But there’ll be no moment quite like seeing the Melbourne songwriter hit the stage at Fairgrounds with her band as the opening act on Fairgrounds Friday.
Barter’s take on guitar-pop is pure crash-through-or-crash. With an engine room of power chords and melodies to burn, her songs are always one simple hook-turn between that giddy hit of adrenaline and the sudden impact of emotional truth. As indebted to grunge, lo-fi or riot grrrl as the radio-taming hits of playlists past, Barter’s anthems find the infectious commonground between Debbie Harry and Deadstar, Siouxsie Sioux and Screamfeeder.
Get down early on Friday night so as not to miss Ali Barter.