The Preatures, Saturday 6 December, Metropolis Fremantle
Supported by: Dream Rimmy, Gunns
Fresh off the back of their US tour, Sydney five piece, The Preatures, hit homeland and wrapped up the Australian leg of the Blue Planet Eyes tour, here, in lil ol’ Perth (well, technically speaking it was Freo, but y’know).
Supported by Big Splash finalist and dream pop cuties, Dream Rimmy (who you may have caught at Yardstock earlier that day) and Gunns, who sing about sunshine, summer and beaches more than any other Perth band I know (and love) (catch their split 7” launch with HAMJAM this Sat) (Deets here).
Donning deep v cuts, 80’s denim and some vaguely Led Zeppelin-esque hairdos, The Preatures strutted onto the stage surrounded by an aura of cool. Electrifying and infectiously loveable frontwoman, Izzi, got the crowd buzzing early on in the set, accompanying upbeat single Somebody’s Talking with a few handstands and cartwheels thrown in for good measure (all the while still singing) (amazing).
After a few favourites of mine, Manic Baby and Rock and Roll Rave, things got steamy during Whatever You Want when Izzi and guitarist, Jack, had a lil intimate moment in which the crowd audibly seemed to explode with cuteness/sexual tension overload. (I whole-heartedly include myself in that statement). Nothing like a bit of a face-lick to get people up and screaming with excitement, don’t ya think? Delicious.
After a bit more crowd-teasin’ n pleasin’, wild dance moves, a few more songs from the album, plus some from their earlier EPs, The Preatures closed their eleven-song set with the unarguable crowd favourite of the evening Is This How You Feel?. This got EVERYONE singing, and I really mean everyone, closing with an explosion of light to reveal ‘The Preatures’ illuminating the back wall of Metropolis, setting off another wave of shrieking applause.
Naturally, they returned for another two tracks, turning it down a notch for mellow album closer Business, Yeah and 2012 feel-good track Take A Card before making their final exit (but not before inviting everyone to stay back a bit after the show for signings and a chat or two) (yeah!).
The Preatures are bringing back rock n roll and in a big way. They’re bloody beaut songwriters and know how to put on a damn good show. They’re already, handsdown, one of the best live bands in the country and are bound to get big. Real big.
Is it possible to have a crush on a band? Because I think I (definitely) have a crush on The Preatures. Classic me.
Photo Credit: Aliza Caruso