Soaked in moody lighting and reaching maximum volume restrictions, Crooked Colours transported the sold out Brisbane crowd that were packing into the historic The Tivoli to an underground rave full of low-key EDM vibes. Walking on stage to the slow burning ‘Come Back To You’ they launched into a set that was full of emotion and growth. ‘Hold On’, ‘Just Breathe’, ‘Plymouth’ and ‘Heart String’ kept those low-key vibes going as they continued to warm the crowd up. Direct from playing Groovin The Moo across the country and releasing their highly anticipated sophomore studio album ‘Langata’ on Friday, the Perth trio were excited to dive into their catalogue and showcase why their moody electronic music has struck quite a chord in the industry. For their biggest headlining tour yet, I did expect a bit of a bigger production. The lighting was quite minimalistic and whilst it did match the moody atmosphere of the songs, it would’ve been better to have had a brighter and bigger display as you did lose the band visually during points of the show. But what does stand out about Crooked Colours is that just like Rufus Du Sol, they play all their own production live and showcase their talents as musicians and producers.
Mixing it up for a moment the band played their Triple J Like A Version cover of ‘Suga Suga’ by Baby Bash before throwing it back to ‘Vera’, ‘I Hope You Get It’ and tested out experimental new track ‘I C Light’ which they admitted was only their second time playing it. After taking a quick photo with the sold out crowd, they slowed things down with new track ‘Lose Someone’ which plays as the records closing track. It also doubles as their most minimalist and vulnerable track yet and sadly I don’t think the mostly drunk and hyped up crowd appreciated the artistic side of this song. Bringing back the momentum for ‘Do It Like You’ and ‘Flow’ the band thanked the Brisbane crowd for coming out on their Saturday night and selling out this show. With a “one more song” chant erupting through the venue, they returned for the euphoric ‘I’ll Be There’ and the atmospheric closer ‘Perfect Run’ which radiated ultimate rave vibes. The moody and dark lighting enhanced the feelings of the songs but with this live show there were moments where I found myself wanting more. And at times, I was needing more. Their stage presence is continually growing but throughout this show they faded into the background with the moody lighting instead of being the fore-focus. Lead vocalist, Phillip Slabber, should have been driving this interaction but he seemed a little lost when trying to interact between the crowd and the stage. But with this only being the second show out of an eleven date run, they will only get stronger as they become more comfortable with the new music.
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Photos by Lyndon James
Langata Australian Tour
Friday 24 May – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Saturday 25 May – The Forum, Melbourne *SOLD OUT*
Sunday 26 May – The Forum, Melbourne
Friday 31 May – Meow, Wellington
Saturday 1 June – Gelatos, Auckland
Friday 7 June – UC Refectory, Canberra
Saturday 8 June – Uni Bar, Wollongong
Sunday 9 June – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
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