Review by Morgan Sette
Spit Syndicate is welcomed to Adelaide with their first ever sold out show, playing with a live band and local support act Nvsty Militia. It’s obvious that people are here for a good time as the venue fills up with people that are perhaps a bit different to the usual Rocket crowd, but more willing as ever for dance and good time.
Nvsty Militia had the crowd dancing with their mix of hip hop and electro beats straight off the bat. You can tell they have a great time on stage as they jump around and respond to the vibe of the audience, seemingly ad-libbing and joking around, throwing a ‘brrraaaat’ back and forth between themselves and the crowd.
In between sets, the venue gets harder to move around yet the Cats DJs do a pretty good job of keeping people grooving. Snapchats are being sent in anticipation and it’s clear the crowd are super excited to see some of Sydney’s inner west Aus hip hop legends.
The arms are up and waving as soon as the first song hits, with Spit Syndicate kicking off with ‘Real’ and leading into a huge singalong with all-time favourite ‘Amazing’.
The huge, cheesy grins on Nick Lupi and Jimmy Nice’s face are infectious as they have the whole room dancing in typical Spit Syndicate up-tempo style. On stage playing with them is keyboardist Vinnie, and Jonno on guitar who we can remember playing along with Tuka on his last tour.
‘Sip it Slow’, then ‘Inhibitions’ which was received with love for its first time play in Adelaide, and ‘Just Don’t Get It’ ensured the cozy crowd were well acquainted with one another. As the strobe blinked in time, the crowd’s hands waving in sync created a surreal experience of absolute harmony among fans and lovers of hip hop.
The Sunday Gentlemen bring us another sing along with ‘Beauty In The Bricks’, then finally present us the new track ‘Know Better’.
Their last song was met with a huge response as everyone immediately recognised the intro to One Day’s 'Love Me Less'. In true Australian hip hop fashion, Nick and Jimmy perform their own take of the collective’s tune that celebrates the dynamic nature of rap that offers the audience a unique experience each time it’s performed.
Spit Syndicate’s show promised party tunes and jumping around, and on top of that we got fist bumps, shared spliffs, and the buzz of a big night ahead in the Adelaide’s west end.