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FRONT ROW | CROOKED COLOURS @ THE CORNER HOTEL

Walking onto a smoke filled stage, behind a wall of blinding strobes, Crooked Colours were back at The Corner Hotel for the second night running in support of their stellar debut album Vera.

The night was started with a set from Melbourne’s own Vincent Sole the local pop/rnb artist works the stage comfortably. The room may have been lacking in bodies, but Sole worked it onstage, flitting between being behind a table of laptop and equipment, and working his way across the front of the stage. A small pocket of eager fans front of stage egged him on, and the energy earned at least a smile from every one present. The lyrics were a bit cheesy, and the dance moves a little over rehearsed, but it was clear that Vincent Sole knows what he’s doing on stage, and could be set to have a fan base of his own sooner rather than later.

Electronic producers often struggle in a live environment, especially in a venue like The Corner, which puts so much focus on the stage as a visual element. And Muto did struggle a little holding the attention, with bedroom like dancing, and stunning visuals making up for the lack of ‘band’ form. While it’s a genre that may struggle to compete on a stage, when Muto took control, it was one that sounded stunning. His own material sounded ace, and a few moments sounded delightfully familiar. A remix of Lorde’s Green Light was the first moment that pulled the whole room together, totally reworking the pop hit and turning it into a bigger, dancier, fiend. But it was his remix of Justice’s D.A.N.C.E that took the cake. Leaning heavily into the original, it was a fun filled affair that had everyone bouncing, grin glued to their faces.

The Crooked Colours set was an amazing feat, hidden away for the better part of the show thanks to a remarkably intense light show, they performed a near hour long set that featured near perfect replicas of material from their album and sole EP. While the silhouettes of each band member were clear for the show, the exact actions were often lost in the sea of smog and light. It was a refreshing occurrence, giving those present ample opportunity to dance like nobody was watching. It would have been nice to have seen the members faces a little more frequently in order to really get into the ‘live’ experience, but with a show that was sounding this good, and an atmosphere so well suited to the album it’s hard to complain about the enigmas on stage. Post show, the band were over at the merch desk doing signings and saying hello, so it wasn’t that they were completely denying their presence.

The set was  fun one though, with Ivan Ooze jumping on stage for I Hope You Get It acting as the highlight of the performance. The consistency of the album material, both in quality and sonic styling made for a fun game in guessing the intro, but Flow and Plymouth both stood strong against he upbeat tone set by the Ooze collab halfway through the set. In essence, the show was a hard one to pull off, with a technical structure to the material, and the limitations of live dance music in play. But once again, Crooked Colours put on a show that was all too easy to love, and acted as a casual reminder as to why they are one of the best bands in Australia at the moment.

Ayden Measham-Pywell

Tallest kid at every gig // Questionable dancer at best // twitter/instagram: ayds_on_toast