All business, all the time. Setting the clock back and the stylestandards high, Client Liaison are an act that need to be seen to be believed.
Words by Anthony Nocera
Being a band that would've been perfect to represent Australia at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest creates a special type of fan. It’s the type of fan who wears a fedora unironically, and takes specific care to make sure that the pin-stripes on said fedora match those on his brand new French-cuffed shirt and will tell the stranger next to him in the crowd all about it while they both wait for the headline act to saunter onstage. There is a high degree of artifice to this fan, and the sort of glaring whiny pretension that can only be drowned out by a knockout performance.
Client Liaison is the band that should be representing Australia at Eurovision, and their performance knocked the socks and (thankfully) fedoras off of everyone at Pirie & Co. this past Saturday.
The night began with local indie outfit Wild World warming up the crowd, making sure everyone was moving with their unique blend of pop-punk and eighties synth-pop. Highlights were sunny tracks Holidaze and Coast to Coast, which- through some coercion- got everyone dancing and ready for the headliners.
After a slight delay, Client Liaison took the stage and had everyone grooving and unashamedly busting out their best 80’s dance moves while tearing through their self-titled EP, as well as some of their older releases. Standout tracks That’s Desire, Pretty Lovers and Queen, sent the crowd into a frenzy while vocalist Monte Morgan, who sports probably the most profound and brilliant mullet in this- or any- decade slinked around the stage, chucking in some Willi Ninja style voguing every now and then to keep everyone on their toes. They were remarkably tight throughout their sixty minute set, not missing a single beat. There is a danger with electronic acts such as this one to sound a bit messy live, but- while sweaty- Client Liaison made it look effortless.
What works so well with this band is how authentic their late 80’s/ turn of the 90’s sound and aesthetic comes across. It never feels like a shtick or costume, which would be easy to do considering the presence of shoulder pads, double acid wash denim and sky blue disco pants. It works because the music is fresh, and the style feels completely unique. Client Liaison do the unthinkable, they transcend the fedora. Despite the revivalist edge of Client Liaison, you won’t find a more original or fun live act touring right now.
Regardless of your feelings toward Guy Sebastian (which should be, ‘shudder, cry, vomit, no’), Client Liaison has just the right amount of camp, just the right amount of glam and more than enough charisma to set Eurovision on fire. Do yourself a favour and see them any way that you can, it’ll be the cheapest trip to Eurovision you’ll ever get.