Live Review: Seekae, The Basement

Opening act Thomas Williams was only observed through a brief, disgruntled mindset, so take this into account when I say it seemed to be a combo of uninspiring laptop-jockey experimentation and hobbyist fiddling. To be fair, I only popped in to check set times and I was angry-hungry.

Kangaroo Skull injected some powerful vigour into the evening, shaking out their meditative house music to a receptive crowd. One of the guys looked like Warren Ellis, in other words he was hairy, cool and terrifying. Mr. Grizzly Wilderness was quite intimidating hunched over in the shadows, a possessed focus on his dials and buttons. It was frighteningly easy to zone out and meld into the mechanical head-bob of the crowd. I was super bummed I had a backpack cause there was a fun lil’ d-floor growing throughout the set, it was calling me, nay, begging me to cut loose on it. Serves me right for being a back-pack-at-gig-loser :(

It’s bittersweet to see that Seekae aren’t big enough yet to have someone else set up their equipment; good regarding the intimacy, bad because they deserve bigger, better, world-conquering heights. Besides this, The Basement suits their muggy, blissed-out groans perfectly.

Opening with a new song, it’s a slow, off-kilter number with equally delicate vocals. 2 more new songs were introduced over the night, each one sounding fuller and more realised than the one proceeding it, and all containing vocals marking a drift away from their purely instrumental territory.

The mega-trifecta-block that is Blood Bank, Reset Head and Mingus fills the bulk of my nights memory space. Probably their most accessible track, Blood Bank gets anticipatory woos from the first recognizable bleeps and bloops. A simmering crowd is taken off the heat for Reset Head, but undergoes a different process that doesn’t work for this analogy. Is there a cooking method where you turn all the lights off and kind of schmooze the food with eerie synth pangs and punchy fragility? Mingus is the formidable, not-so-secret weapon of unearthly ambient power.

“Probably the first song we ever wrote”, Void, gets the biggest cheer and dance of the night, the sold-out crowd greedily lapping up it’s frantic beat and masterful melody. It’s a musical superfood, the spirulina of the set.

I’ll be honest; performance wise, this Live Review makes me feel like I’m doing a compilation review. This isn’t to say they’re dull or unentertaining, it’s just there isn’t much else to talk about other than what songs they played and how they sounded. Well, they played all the songs that you would want to hear, they sounded sick, we really enjoyed them, and we went home. Great.

There’s something disarming about their show that makes a reviewer want to just stop typing and shove songs down the reader’s gullet. In saying that, the alterations, the encompassing sound and the communal experience, can’t be delivered by me, feeding you mp3s like a mother bird. Rather, I’ll just have to implore you to check out one of Australia’s most exciting talents.

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Gospel Gigs: Vivid: LIVE

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Seekae are sleekae. For Seekae trims and doos, contact their management. Photo from Rice is Nice

I’m convinced Vivid: LIVE organisers are involved in some vertical integration plot with hysteria medication and credit card companies.
FOR SRSLYS.
If their was a school subject called ‘get really good bands to come play in Australia at the opera house, oh but the opera house has to be lit up’ then they’d probably top their class, or at least get band fives or sumfin. But no, instead we’ve got maths and english; the BOS just don’ get it.

There’s a whole bunch of teeth-melting incredibility on the bill-bo baggins (that’s hobbit for bill), buuuuut my picks are as follows:

AMON TOBIN LIVE BEYOND 3D ‘ISAM’ (Brazil)
2 June. Tickets from $59.
3Delightful. Amon Tobin’s conquering audiovisual experience, nay, enlightenment.

BRYCE DESSNER, NICO MUHLY & SUFJAN STEVENS (USA) – A VIVID LIVE commission with The Barbican London & Muziekgebouw Eindhoven
28 – 30 May. Tickets from $59.
It doesn’t specify what kind of collaboration is going on here; my money is on sitcom or thank-god-you’re-here improv.

JANELLE MONÁE & THE ARCHANDROID ORCHESTRA (USA)
26 – 27 May. Tickets from $59.
Man oh man.

MODULAR NIGHT – Tom Vek , Jonathan Boulet & Kindness (UK, AUS)
26 May. Tickets $45.
Tom Vek can fit his full name on the screen when bowling. I don’t now who Kindness are but i’m wary of them and their duel citizenship.

SEEKAE (AUS)
27 May. Tickets $30.
Seekae! Sick aye? See (what i did there)kae? Sneekae. One of the best Australian bands going around at the mo.

Check out the full lineup (which includes Karen O, Temper Trap, Florence & the Machine, Zola Jesus, Efterklang and more), here.