“The Sydney duo’s honest and passionate songs give a hopeful voice to the disenfranchised…”
By KRISTINA WILFORD
Plenty of Perthian’s made the most of the WA day long weekend at the Rosemount on Sunday night. The day kicked off early, just after lunch, with Bubbles. The event, presented by Sydney collective One Day, is a monthly day party that boasts a line-up of some of the country’s hottest DJ’s. Last Sunday’s event saw DJ’s Joyride, Raph Lauren, Nick Lupi, Aslan, Daws and Azura spinning the decks for a crowd of day drinkers. With free entry offered to Horrorshow attendees, it was the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon/evening and warm up for the gig. The event will be back at the Rosemount at the end of July and I’m sure a fair few from Sunday’s crowd will be back for more.
After what seemed like no time at all (in reality about eight hours), the crowd made their way inside for the gigs opening act Turquoise Prince. I can’t say I was previously a huge fan of any of the acts but the night changed my mind. Turquoise Prince put on an amazing show. The Canberra act has the swagger required in hip-hop but also an amusing, eccentric edge to his charm. Not just blessed with rap skills, I was absolutely blown away by his amazing singing voice. The hip-hop artist formerly went by LTC and he didn’t let the crowd forget it, constantly chanting “LTC get it in ya”. Give it a few years and I think it’ll be a hugely popular moniker.
Next up was New Zealand rapper David Dallas. The Auckland-born artist put on a show of boyish charm and hard-hitting lyrics. Compared to the other acts, there was more of a harder, rougher edge to Dallas’ lyrics. His latest album Hood Country Club is a frank look at the Auckland housing crisis and after hearing a few tracks live, I was quite excited to get on Spotify and check them out. I certainly wasn’t disappointed. Towards the end of the set, I was pleasantly surprised to realise I’ve been listening to Dallas’s voice for years. On none other than fellow New Zealand rapper Scribe’s “Not Many” remix featuring David Dallas and Savage.
After that it was time for the main event, Horrorshow. The duo comprising of rapper Solo (Nick Bryant-Smith) and producer Adit Gauchan put on a sensational live set, complete with a backing band. Their songs had something for everyone: issues of culture and racism, Sydney’s lockout laws, relationships, and overall, an apparent, undying love of hip-hop. They had the packed Rosemount band room bopping their heads and raising their hands to every beat.
One highlight of Horrorshow’s set was “Walk You Home (This Day)”. The beautiful song samples Sufjan Stevens’ equally-stunning “For the Widows in Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti”. Not being a big fan of Horrorshow prior to the gig, it was the last place I excepted to hear a throwback to my The OC-loving days. But the result is a gorgeous love song that really drives the message of the duo’s music home. With so much of hip-hop music being taken over by lyrics that constantly disrespect women and glorify rape, it’s refreshing to hear talented, young men speaking about their fondness of females with dignity and admiration. This was also evident in one my favourite songs from the business end of the set, “Cherry Blossom”. Because it is still possible to be flirty and sexy without sounding like a jerk. If only someone could tell a few certain American rappers.
The Sydney duo’s honest and passionate songs give a hopeful voice to the disenfranchised and with lyrics “the kind of love you have to leave, just to come home to” help spread positivity to a world fighting to cover a few too many scars. With so many hip-hop acts in town for the night, including Seth Sentry and Bliss n Eso, fans found hard a choice on their hands. Those of us who went for Horrorshow certainly got our money’s worth. If you have a chance to catch Horroshow’s (or either of the support acts) amazing, live display, you should take it.
The next Bubbles event will be at the Rosemount on Sunday July 31st!
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