Gig Review: Northeast Party House @ The Hi-Fi
Everyone knows Melbournians are amazing supporters, and this doesn’t end with sport. Melbourne-based band Northeast Party House kicked off their Double Darts Tour to a wild and encouraging response in a sold out show at the Hi-Fi Bar.
We arrived 30 minutes before the gig to measure the temperature, and things were seriously hot. The pre-gig playlist can say a lot about what’s to come, this selection was no exception. From Modjo’s ‘Lady’ to Destiny’s Child’s ‘Say My Name’, the Hi-Fi turned their mosh pit into a dancing house party. Making perfect use of that dangling disco ball.
The six boys arrived on stage at 11pm sharp, starting their set with the track ‘Any Given Weekend’ – which is also the name of their debut album. It took just seconds for the crowd to loosen up, with a few topless girls already spotted in the crowd. On stage, the guys were jumping around, cracking frothies and loving every minute.
They continued with ‘Empires’ with the crowd singing along to every word. Charismatic singer Zach Hamilton-Reeves carried us away with his nonchalant moves and transporting voice, giving off vibes resembling those from Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke. Maybe they swapped notes when he was in town a few days ago?
In the middle of their pumping set, the boys did a quick cover of The Vines hit ‘Get Free’, amplifying the feeling they were playing for mates in a pub or an intimate party. The rest of the show saw Northeast Party House playing well known tracks like ‘The Haunted’, ‘Pascal Cavalier’, ‘Youth Allowance’ and their Like A Version cover of Violent Soho’s ‘Covered in Chrome’.
We loved their real and justified encore. Nowadays, encores are part of the show whether the audience wants it or not. But these guys came back while the crowd yelled and clapped for more. They ended up drunk on stage improvising covers of Blink 182 and The Police that got us Vultures laughing. They transported and entertained the crowd for their entire gig, thanks to their attitude but also to the quality of audio and light show. They are reflecting a part of today’s youth which is evident just by looking at the crowd’s enjoyment.
It’d be easy to dismiss Northeast Party House as another fun party time band, but that would be missing the point. This commencing tour will be a challenge for the six piece, at the Hi-Fi they were able to show their maturity on stage, all while having fun. They may not be pioneers of a new sound (yet), but their performance shows genuine fun, and that’s what makes them special.
If this sounds like your kinda party, try and catch these boys on the remainder of their Double Darts Tour:
SUN 29 MAR – THE LAIR, SYDNEY [AA]
THU 02 APR – WARATAH, HOBART
SAT 04 APR – UNI BAR, ADELAIDE
SUN 05 APR – KAROVA LOUNGE, BALLARAT
FRI 10 APR – ODD FELLOW, FREMANTLE
SAT 11 APR – AMPLIFIER, PERTH
FRI 17 APR – BRIGHTSIDE, BRISBANE
SAT 18 APR – AUTUMN SOUNDS FESTIVAL, BUNDABERG
SAT 25 APR – NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, MELBOURNE [AA]