What a surprisingly fun night, on a balmy Sydney Saturday evening. We turned up to see the tail end of the support act, a very professional looking karaoke singe called Klue. We also found a polar vortex billowing around the auditorium, the air con turned up to 11. Thoughts turned to the merch table and a t-shirt for purely insulation purposes, but thankfully the crowd piled in and once the Enmore was rammed with people shared bodily warmth took over.
When Thievery Corporation came on (early I thought, at 8.30), I really didn’t know what to expect – I know very little about them aside from a couple of hits. What I wasn’t really expecting was a rotating roster of vocalists, 6 all up coming in and out of the proceedings. The blend of dub, hip hop, rap, rock, middle eastern, eastern, and all through the americas (well, Argentina to New York up the east coast) was a constant surprise. Really nice. Not so sure about the dancing dickheads around the place which caused us to move a couple of times, but when you’re on the dance floor whaddyaexpect.
For my tastes, the dub stuff was more engaging, but it was all good and a full 2 hours worth with very little slack in there. Only quibbles were a couple of early sitar riffs which got painfully repetitive, but they got past that. The first 6 numbers each had their own vocalist, then people started coming back on in interesting and varied combinations. 2 dub singers, a hip hop/rapper, a couple of chanteuses and one of the band. Great drumming, and would have like the bass player to be a bit more assertive melodically – when he did it was great.
They’re in Melbourne tonight as I write this, and up in Brisbane in a few days. I’d recommend it.
mostly 25-40 with a few outliers in the grey brigade, and a happy blend of 50-50 male-female which was really nice for a change.
It made me think..
I need to get out more.