Gig Review: Kurt Hugo Schneider and Sam Tsui @ The Concourse
Wow. Just wow. There are no words that can fully describe the wondrous joy and energy that reverberated around the concert hall which couldn’t seem to contain all that music making. Blessed by good acoustics by way of The Concourse in Chatswood, Kurt Hugo Schneider and Sam Tsui went all out for their last show before they had to say goodbye for now.
Touring with their opening act, Tiffany Alvord, she began with a set that only set the bar higher for the headliners. A fellow YouTuber, Alvord started out with covers and medleys, incorporated into a storyline. Starting off with a single off her debut album Legacy, ‘Don’t Run, Just Walk’ was a hilarious take on Alvord’s life as a teenage girl with an eye-candy walking by. She had everyone in laughter as she powered through a couple of covers that aptly described her journey, like ‘Hello’ and ‘Locked Away’. She might look petite, but her voice is probably much bigger than her body can handle.
Kurt Hugo Schneider was absolutely amazing as he alternated between the piano and the guitar for accompaniment. His low, sultry vocals were only heard a couple of times that night, and we really wished he sang more. But, the person who really stole the show was Sam Tsui. Unlike his YouTube videos, Tsui’s personality was even bigger in real life. It was like the room was not enough for him; he even got everyone up singing and dancing. Backed by a minimal band including a guitar and drums, the explosive music somehow worked together. We got the chance to hear the songs off their new albums first hand, which would only be available in a couple of weeks, and let’s just say that we are waiting for those tracks to drop.
Props for their medleys, which fans got to hear for the very first time. These medleys included hits like ‘Whip Nae Nae’, ‘Shut Up And Dance’, and ‘Cheerleader’, just to name a few. Even though you could clearly tell that it was a mash up of different songs even within a verse, Tsui pulls it off so well you would have thought it was a song in itself if you weren’t familiar with the songs covered. If it’s one thing that Tsui and Schneider do well, it’s their medleys. Blending songs into their own style, and somehow the merging of their respective styles works.
Big ups to them for making a tribute to the incredible Christina Grimmie as well. With a cover of ‘Just A Dream’, the duo sang their hearts in remembrance of Grimmie, who was part of the YouTuber community in America and was recently shot dead at her own meet and greet.
The surprises continued throughout the night. Tsui was incredibly happy to set foot in Australia because of, you guessed it, Pokemon Go. He enthusiastically declared himself Team Mystic, and invited the other teams to leave. Schneider delightfully revealed that Tsui actually opened Pokemon Go on stage a few days ago in Brisbane. Before they left, the boys decided to do a true blue unplugged song, ‘Out Of Time’. Perched on the edge of the stage, there were no mics or amps, yet the couple managed to serenade the entire hall beautifully.