Amidst the excitement and energy for the fast approaching Easter long weekend, Sydney’s rhapsodic and electronica duo BOO SEEKA hits the Nation’s Capital with a SOLD OUT gig at a Sureshaker territory venue - Transit Bar. It’s no surprise that they have already sold out shows across Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne as the ever-expanding fan base are hanging for their forthcoming debut album set to be released later in the year. Only returning from their full on North American trip a week prior, the boys were energetic, all-encompassing and definitely did not disappoint. The duo manage to swoon punters over with BOO’s resonating soulful vocals that perfectly encapsulate Sam’s hard-hitting synthing technique that makes BOO SEEKA the perfect combo.
Boo Seeka took the dark and dimmed stage to entice the eagerly anticipated crowd who were already fired up in preparation for the intimate gig that it was. The stage lights erupt in sync with enigmatic reverbs and stratospheric beats that instantly took over the crowd. Anyone that has attended a BOO SEEKA gig knows they can expect lush melodies embroidered with punching beats where the music naturally takes over. And don’t get me started on those catchy lyrics which you can’t seem to get out of your head even days later…
With BOO’s euphoric harmonies and contagious on stage moves, and Sam’s textured and electronic bass and experimental layered beats; it’s hard not to follow their lead and lose yourself in the moment. As a band that’s still young and fresh, it’s feasible to think their sound can transport you to a place of amity and leave you in a trance of magnetic indulgencies. Between BOO’s lush melodies and colourful riffs, and Sam smashing out synths that are made to swoon - you can’t help but imagine you are in an introspective venture that is driven by these two instrumental genius’.
The boys only paused to sink some red, take a couple of moments to thank everyone for coming along, and to cheers the crowd which only got them pumped for more. Although, it wasn’t hard to allure the audience in a transcendent state by smashing crowd favourites ‘Deception Bay’ and ‘Kingdom Leader’, closely followed by ‘Fool’ and ‘Oh My’. Amongst touring overseas and now trekking across the nation, the boys have clearly been busy as they threw a handful of fresh new tracks in the mix. The pair showcased ‘Does This Last’ along with another track with BOO announcing, “..this is the second time we have ever played this song live. We enjoy it, and we hope you guys do too”. When you thought you couldn’t add anymore eagerness to the night already?!
Based on the new tracks, it seems that Boo Seeka are stepping forward into a more perceptive lyrical approach where I think we’ll see them embrace slower layered synth sounds and percussive samples.
Boo Seeka are a bit of a rarity these days and aren’t a band that sounds nothing like what they do on the radio when they play live. Having seen them play at least five times, it’s safe to say they have been consistent from the first live set to the last (or the next). They have always carried out their unique sound in each song, hitting every note and every throbbing beat, with genuine passion which hits you in all the right feels. This is a band that live up to their reputation and won’t let a single soul in the crowd down. Needless to say, they exceeded everyone’s expectations on the night and need to be put on your radar of ones to watch.
You can catch BOO SEEKA trekking around the country for their ‘Does This Last’ Tour, where they have recently added new dates across regional Australia. Check the BOO SEEKA website for full details – http://www.booseeka.com/tour.
Also check out the film clip for their new single ‘Does This Last’ which you will inevitably be playing on repeat - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Y0dE2QGTbQ.
Reviewer: Kristen Smith