Dream duo BOO SEEKA rocked a full house in their home city on the Sydney leg of their current Australian Tour. The boys have hit the road in support of their new single ‘Oh My’, bringing their fusion of R’n’B/Hip Hop/Indie-vibes to an amped up Oxford Art Factory crowd.
Before Boo hit the stage the cruisey lads from Gold Member got things started with their fresh blend of Gorillaz meets Sticky Fingers. The two Sydney-siders are main man Az (decked out with a handlebar moustache and unbuttoned white overalls) who offers smooth vocals to the tight synths and samples, courtesy of Angus. Their show included deep beats, the sweet set closer ‘Wild Stories’ and a sound that was chilled out but infectious enough to gain obvious respect from the early crowd.
Then in between the double duos shone Buoy, the line up’s dose of girl power and a well known gem of Sydney’s ever growing electronic scene. She delivered ultra ethereal electro pop over an (unfortunately) unusually chatty crowd, her angelic voice floating through layers of formless electro textures. ‘Exit’ pulsed with a rave cave feel and her final tune ‘One Day’ got most of the crowd singing along.
Boo Seeka bounded on stage in a dark flurry of lights and smoke, an instant game changer as the air went from the milky dreams of Bouy to the buzz of the crowd’s collective excitement. For a pretty new band (playing together for only about a year and a half according to front man Ben Gumbleton) Boo have adopted a fiercely loyal family of fans, resulting in camaraderie surrounding every catchy chorus. From the front row to the back, the crowd sang along with Gumbleton’s husky vocals and grooved relentlessly to Sam Croft’s soulful beats.
With energy worthy of big EDM DJs like Disclosure, but with indie vocals edging things towards John Butler Trio, Boo Seeker nailed a perfectly crafted show that found a blissful groove between dubby dance and chilled alternative. The pace of their live electro pop was enough to pull off the clubby strobes and even a few brilliant bars of ‘Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This’. Their much loved Triple J’s Like A Version cover of MO’s ‘Pilgrim’ made an appearance, as did all their fan favourites including last year’s singles ‘Kingdom Leader’, ‘Fool’ and ‘Deception Bay’, all as addictive as each other. On stage strings were broken, red wine was downed by the bottle, and Croft and Gumbleton played their hearts out to do justice live to all their top class songs. With no encore they artfully left us wanting more, ending the show by both grooving out behind the synth set up and pausing only to snap a pic from stage with the entire crowd beaming behind them.