The Decibelles: Hell’s Belles review (St Kilda, Melbourne)

All-female community pop choir, The Decibelles took to the stage for the first of two sold out shows in St Kilda on Saturday promising a ‘shirt-shredding’ tribute to rock. They certainly delivered.

The 30-woman choir and Music Director Ursula Paez kicked off with a trio of anthems from deceased rock stars, including Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, a beautifully harmonised version of INXS’ Never Tear Us Apart and Queen’s I Want It All. The set also included Live’s Lightning Crashes, an a-cappella version of Blondie’s Call Me, Evanescence’s My Immortal and Imagine Dragon’s Radioactive.

The show really hit high gear in the second half, including some of the troupe’s best performances. The set featured Gun’s N Roses Sweet Child O’ Mine, The Madden Brothers’ We Are Done, 4 Non Blondes’ What’s Up and Alanis Morrisette’s You Outta Know but it was in their renditions of Florence & The Machine’s Ship To Wreck, Uprising By Muse and Nothing Else Matters by Metallica where the girls delivered on that ‘shirt-shredding’ promise and took the audience somewhere special.

If there is one minor suggestion, it is that the volume could have been 30% louder and the band might have delivered a rougher more ‘electric’ backing to the rock stylings and significant vocal talents on display.

Hell’s Belles was a fun, polished 90-minute performance. These talented ladies clearly have their sights set on bigger things; make sure you check the Decibelles next time they hit the stage as they are definitely one to watch.

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