It was drizzling and a little bit cold in Perth on Friday, but Jack Rabbit Slims had sold out their show for local trio Crooked Colours and it wasn’t enough to scare anyone away! The venue was packed with energy and when I arrived I was greeted with the basey trap melodies of Muto.
All the way from Sydney, this groovy producer was dancing while producing his set live on stage. His euphoric and unique sound made it hard to keep note of how to describe him to you, so you’re better off just checking him out for yourself! All I can say is it was hard to stay still, he dropped his remix of Lorde’s - 'Green Light' that had everyone screaming with excitement, and ended his set with the single he dropped that week - 'Say Nothing'.
The crowd was more than excited for Crooked Colours now, and were welcomed warmly to the stage when they ran down the stairs. The trio played us a mixture of tracks from their debut album ‘Vera’, such as ‘Plymouth’, ‘Show Me’ and ‘All Eyes’ which swelled from smooth vocals into a euphoric build and chorus drop! Could definitely see a crowd dancing at one of Perth's beach festivals to this one!
They treated us with old track ‘In Your Bones’ as well as the first single from ‘Vera’, ‘I Hope You Get It’ - but with a twist! Local hip hop artist MACSHANE joined the guys on stage for what was a personal highlight of mine. The crown lifted up a man in a wheelchair who crowd surfed for the end of the track.
The bass player rocked behind two synthesisers (one being a vintage Korg) and a bass guitar, while their lead singer played us some smooth guitar lines underneath breathtaking vocals. The drum kit had a MIDI setup as well as a tambourine which was an excellent element to their live sound. Truly amazing musicians to watch in action!
After ending their set with ‘Flow’, Crooked Colours left the stage only to come back for a few more tracks, all up playing for us for just over an hour. The real last song of the night was the last track on the album, ‘Perfect Run’. An emotional, slow starting ballad that dropped into deep house vibes with an awesome synth pad melody. I had goosebumps.
Reviewer - Keeley Connolly
Photographer - @rhythmic_photography (Peter Heathcote)