When Perth singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly released her debut EP, Thrush Metal, last year to great acclaim she expected to sell 30 cassettes online. Instead, she sold 300 and counting. It was the sound of someone who had been quietly honing her solo set, inspired by the everyday lyricism of Billy Bragg and Courtney Barnett.
That debut EP went from the lo-fi “Mechanical Bull” to the whimsical pop of “Mean To Me”, while, “Boys Will Be Boys” addresses the sexual assault of a friend with astonishing power. Her live shows take that power but also intersperse it with self-deprecating humour – indeed, her in-between song banter is such that Donnelly refers to her shows as “half-comedy”.