Sydney duo Boo Seeka have had an incredible 2015 after forming at the very end of last year. Within months of their formation they’d supported the likes of Kim Churchill, Sticky Fingers and SAFIA and on Friday night they headlined a sold out Northcote Social Club.
Fellow Sydneysider Jannah kicked off the night as the opening act, mixing acoustic guitar and lightning fast lyrics. A number of covers littered her set, including a neat cover of Kendrick Lamar‘s ‘Swimming Pools’.
Neon Queen continued the Kendrick theme, starting with a one man ‘Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe’ cover before the rest of the group entered the stage. The group quickly captured the room’s attention with a sick mix of RnB and Rock, with no lack of synth. Despite a few teething troubles due to them using a dub machine and laptop setup instead of drums for the first time, they laid down a tight half hour of tunes. An incredible trap inspired cover of ‘The Hills’ by The Weeknd had the room (and myself) groovin’ as Neon Queen’s set threatened to steal the show. Keep a keen eye out for these guys in the near future.
Luckily, Boo Seeka were more than up the challenge. The band room was at capacity and the vibe was strong by the time the pair rolled onto stage, and I even spotted what looked like a grandma or two side of stage watching on proudly.
They may have only released two tracks in the time they’ve been together, Boo Seeka sound like a group that’s been around for a much longer period of time. A lack of known material did them no harm at all as the crowd was loving everything they did.
‘Deception Bay’ was an early crowd pleaser and launched a room wide sing along, before dropping into some new material. Somewhat incredibly, they ran through three songs written in the last week.
Even in the short time they’ve been together, there’s already been a clear evolution in their sound. Their new stuff is leaning much more into an electronic style, and they even dropped a fresh banger, in between considerably more chill tracks.
‘Kingdom Leader’, the song that began their rise garnered an incredible response from the packed room and the appreciation from vocalist Ben Gumbleton was clearly visible.
Boo Seeka’s live show is incredibly good for such a new act, and it’s obvious that these guys are loving the ride. Judging by their set, there’s a lot of new material and potentially an album on the horizon, and it’s gonna be damn good.