Local electronic trio Crooked Colours ended their national VERA tour with an intimate set of hard hitting synths paired with effortless wispy vocals entrancing the crowd at Fremantle venue Mr Lonely.
Arriving to the venue 20 minutes before they were set to hit the stage was not a wise decision on my part. Although I got an excellent park, a large mass of intoxicated, felt-hat adorned punters were congesting much of High Street in a desperate attempt to nab one of the few door-sale tickets to the final show of the tour.
The excitement was too much for some as many of those who had successfully made it past the gatekeepers were swiftly escorted out as we overheard security demanding the door staff to “please stop letting fucked people in”. They mustn’t have got the message as by the time the three-piece kicked off 15 minutes later, the crowd was a sea of inflated pupils and staggered attempts at dancing as far as the eye could see.
Opening with their 2013 Triple J Unearthed hit Come Down, it set the bar high for the rest of their songs to follow as the crowd peaked early to the dark track with husky vocals from Philip Slabber getting under your skin.
Somehow Crooked Colours managed to balance the mix of percussion from drummer Liam Merrett-Park and skilful electronic work by Leon De Baughn to create a laid-back indie sound with edgy seductive vocals without leaving you confused of what kind of show you signed up for.
The instrumental title track Vera showcased their musical talents, with the intense sound teamed with a killer light display keeping the audience in the palm of their hands.
Crowd pleaser I Hope You Get It ft. Melbourne rapper Ivan Ooze didn’t disappoint as everyone danced vigorously and they weren’t discouraged even when synth cut out. Liam didn’t miss a beat by compensating with a brief drum solo that gave the audience a chance to finally spot him hidden in the dark at the back of the stage.
When Philip announced “It’s good to be back Perth” he received the biggest cheer from the hyped crowd that night before an electric rendition of Flow transported the dance floor out of the cramped venue to a dreamy synthesised heaven.
After a brief stage departure, they didn’t keep the audience waiting for long, returning to with a passionate rendition of ‘Perfect Run’. The dance floor mellowed out during the slow intro and had everyone grabbing for a near-by pal to hold onto before turning it up a notch and giving a final chance to trash around.
Although the lads did a killer set, the real hero in everyone’s eyes was whoever was in control of that damned light display.
For a small venue Mr Lonely had a heck of a light setup with strobes that had eyes rolling, teeth chattering, and some bloke on your left always asking if you had any gum.