By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on June 30, 2018
A FULL house, a roaring encore and a standing ovation proved the rumour mill right – Evan Ayres and The Swing Kings could be Albany’s next ‘big thing’.
The teenage band, consisting of Ayres on lead vocals and guitar, Bonnie Staude and Mollie Hare on backup vocals, Bryce Taylor on trumpet, Anna Leach on saxophone, Hunter Ewen on trombone and Jeremy Staude on drums, blew their audience away on Saturday night with a knock-out performance of their debut EP and various swing and jazz covers.
Despite the various crowd interjections calling for Ayres’ inner Elvis Presley to surface – which he revealed on-stage at WAAPA’s Radio Active concert last year – the budding superstar kept true to his original work and favoured swing and jazz genres.
‘In Love With You’, ‘Unless It’s With You’ and ‘I’m In Love’ proved a massive success with the audience, with each song receiving a tidal wave of applause and showcasing the multi-faceted talent that Ayres offers.
His crooning voice set hearts of all ages aflutter and brought back the nostalgia of first loves, lost loves and forever loves.
He did not falter throughout the entire performance, and along with his band’s additional fun banter, the EP launch was everything a person could ask for in a swing show.