Words By Hannah Powley
Photos by Harry Allwood
Mix some heavy synth, soulful vocals, and dance moves like that of a snake charmer, and you have Boo Seeka. Returning home to Australia after a long stint in the U.S., the Sydney duo brought their ‘Does This Last’ tour to Fat Controller on Friday night and did not disappoint.
Opening the night was electronic trio, Glades. While they didn’t fail to get the crowd dancing, a blown out bass and vocals seriously overshadowed the set, making it difficult to hear any of the songs clearly. Simply put, things were just way too loud for punters to really appreciate the music.
Bottle of wine in hand, Boo Seeka entered the stage to the most blinding strobe lights in existence. But hey, it got the attention of every single person in the venue. A few songs in and the crowd really came to life, as the pair performed their 2016 single ‘Oh My’. The song was a personal highlight of the night, and I have no doubt many who attended would say the same.
I went to the show not having any idea what to expect (the best way to go to a music gig, if you ask me) and, having only released 5 songs, I was interested to see how they would hold the audience — were they going to play a bunch of covers? While the duo did perform a cover of MO’s ‘Pilgrim’, which they have previously covered on triple j’s ‘Like a Version’, they used the rest of the set to test out some songs from their upcoming album.
The new music, sounding a little heavier and less spacey than their previous releases, received a great response from the audience. Of course, the energy they both brought to the stage was contagious, leaving not a dull moment the entire set.
Ending the night on a high note, the guys performed an encore featuring their 2015 hit ‘Deception Bay’ to the crowds utter delight. If they continue with the way things are going, Boo Seeka will be drawing in a bigger crowd each time they return. Until then, we can only sit back and eagerly await the release of their debut album.
The 'Does This Last' tour continues on to regional areas until the end of June, check out the rest of the tour dates here.