The Finns' debut reviewed in Byron Bay

BILLED as the biggest gig of the year (mostly by us), there was a sense of greatness to come as the anticipation for Neil and Sharon Finns' new band, The Pajama Club, grew on Saturday night at The Northern, Byron Bay.

The crowd were, understandably, older than the usual Byron Bay Saturday night revellers. But age did nothing to slow the excited punters. Everyone was keen, drinking and talking about Split Enz and Crowded House.

The queue filled the foyer before the doors were opened and as the crowds gathered, Glass Towers, Alstonville's very own high school wonder-band, gained a few new fans from their enthusiastic indie-set.

When The Pajama Club took to the stage, complete with both Finns, Alana Skyring on drums and Sean Donnelly on keys, there was a sense of awe in the air.

The band hasn't released an album yet, so every song was fresh to the audience's ears.

The first song, a psychedelic, synth-driven number, brought smiles to the crowd and particularly to Mr Finn, who was so happy to be on stage he was beaming, graciously thanking each member of the band and the audience for their efforts.

“This is our first gig,” he chuffed.

Sharon took on bass duties (in her first gig) throughout the set, while Neil mixed it up on keys and synths, guitar, vocals and, eventually, drums.

For a band with their training wheels in place, Neil was the obvious stand-out, while Skyring, Donnelly and Sharon were a little more uptight.

Requests for Crowdie classics were met with respect, but jovial rebuffs. “I'd love to but no one else knows those songs” and later “you're dreaming”, from the good-natured frontman.

Highlights from the set included Friend To A Friend and Golden Child, which worked best with the three-part harmonies and pop sensibilities of the talented Mr Finn.

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