Gig Review: Seth Sentry @ Enmore Theatre

Seth Sentry’s 2015 release, Strange New Past, proved that he was more than just a rapper who is capable of establishing common ground with his listener. Whilst the emcee’s rapport with the audience remains central to his dynamic, Sentry has shown he’s also able to craft thought-provoking, sophisticated verse. We’re happy to say that this fully-realised level of execution has extended to Sentry’s live shows. Vulture Magazine got along to the Enmore Theatre to witness the Sydney show of his national 1969 Campaign Trail Tour.

Supported by Sarah Connor and Remi., Sentry is in good company for his later tour dates. The latter of his support artists alone should justify the cost of entry; in fact, if you didn’t know better, you’d think that Remi. was the main course in this Aussie hip-hop feast, rather than just an entree, such was his ability to captivate the audience. But if the crowd was revved up during Remi’s set, they were cracking burnouts out the back of Penrith Maccas during Sentry’s.

Sentry entered the stage in mysterious fashion, shrouded in a thick blue mist, before launching into recent favourite ‘Dumb’. His candid style of delivery remained intact on this track and throughout the night, energising the crowd from the get-go. The sheer production value of the gig was spectacular enough, and amidst the strobe lights and bass-heavy sound systems, there were moments when we simply forgot where we were. This is Seth Sentry, the endearing, relatable emcee who stole our hearts with ‘The Waitress Song’, but judging by the boisterous atmosphere of the crowd, there were moments when it could well have been a notorious gangsta rap icon up on the stage. ‘Hell Boy’, another of Sentry’s more recent tracks, was a case in point.

But for every announcement of his street cred, there was a clear effort on Sentry’s behalf to connect with the audience. Without giving any of his tricks away, there are times when Sentry really makes you feel that you are an integral part of his live performance, and not just an onlooker. On that note, if you are going to get along to one of the later shows of his tour, the mosh pit is the place to be. Vulture Magazine would like to thank the other mosh-pit attendees at The Enmore Theatre on Friday night, especially the guy who brought the Boba Fett hash pipe, the girl who tried three times and failed miserably at each attempt to climb on our shoulders, and the weirdly old guy who reminded us that ‘this is my fucking party’ on several occasions throughout the evening.

Sentry’s rep as a ‘come-as-you-are’ kind of guy was perfectly encapsulated in the eclectic mix of characters in his mosh. We highly recommend that you pay a visit to the puppet master who has brought all of them together, and hear some masterfully executed hip-hop while you’re at it.

The good news is that there are still many more shows to come. Sentry will be playing shows in Hobart, Adelaide, Perth and other locations between now and mid-August. To purchase tickets to any of Seth Sentry’s later shows, please click here.

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Jasper Bruce


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