Off the back of last year’s incredible EP, Do I Make You Nervous?, and a string of reportedly incredible Laneway appearances, Banoffee found herself at Brisbane’s The Foundry for the first of her shows on her national tour. But she found herself stuck in a position dreaded by musicians universally; her gear broke down during the first song.
“When I saw Grimes at Laneway she was so unprofessional”, joked Banoffee to a sympathetic crowd. “It made me feel way more professional than she was, and now look at me.”
As a result of the broken gear, the show transformed from what I expected to be some kind of glittery, lucid dance set into what I now call ‘Banoffee Unplugged’. Whilst not actually acoustic, the gear-lessness did bring the Melbourne singer much closer to the crowd. Instead of seamless transitions between sets Banoffee paused and had lengthy chats with the punters at The Foundry, talking about broken wrists, spiteful ex-boyfriends, and delightful anecdotes about life touring Australia.
Her performance was incredibly on point. Her glossy voice slid over her hybridised dance-pop with heart achingly seamless accuracy. Her beats poured in and out of the crowd with her tell-tale sporadic intent – forcing the crowd to dance jarringly but expressively. A highlight was when she performed “I’m Not Sorry”, which recently received the music video treatment, and classics like “Ninja” and “Oceans” – the latter’s vocal layering proving to sound as impressive live as it does on Do I Make You Nervous?.
We should all aim to be more like Banoffee – laugh when things go wrong, and turn those instable moments into a truly positive experience.
Reviewer: David Simmons
Banoffee is currently touring Australia for her I’m Not Sorry national tour.