Singer-songwriter Perry Keyes is returning to Milton Theatre. He will debuting songs from his new album, as well as playing tunes from his highly acclaimed, award-winning back catalogue. This includes songs from Meter (“a beautiful and meaningful album”), The Last Ghost Train Home (shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize and Radio National Album of the Year), the ARIA-nominated Johnny Ray’s Downtown, and Sunnyholt, that made its sold-out debut at the Sydney Festival in 2016.
Musically inspired by the likes of The Clash and Elvis Costello, and lyrically taking his cue from artists such as Lou Reed and Bruce Springsteen, Keyes and his six-piece band move between the muscular and tender with the ease of musicians who can only have played together for years.
His songwriting maintains a capacity for cinematic sweep whilst at the same time exhibiting intimate and detailed storytelling; his songs often inhabited by the marginalised, and the people left behind. When Missy Higgins covered the song “NYE” from Meter for her album OZ, she commented, “I’d never heard of Perry Keyes. He grew up in Redfern commission housing flats and all his songs just paint these beautiful, really vivid images of growing up in that neighbourhood. I just fell in love with his lyrics straight away”.
There is a strong sense of place in Keyes’ songs, the audience transported to a neighbourhood they may have never visited, but are connected to through universal themes of family, love, coming of age and loss. As Midnight Oil’s Peter Garrett once remarked, “Perry’s the real deal”.
This is a rare chance to witness Keyes and band present their compelling songs and stories from the heart of the inner-city.
"Keyes is among Australia's best songwriters. No question." The Age