The road to becoming a popular Aussie act varies in length for different artists: Violent Soho plugged away for years before registering on the radar of most, while Sarah Blasko has been making music since the early 90s but it wasn’t until her 2004 solo-debut-release The Overture and The Underscore that she was finally recognised in the mainstream. Boo Seeka, on the other hand, have only been together a couple years but they seem to be on everyone’s radar already.
The doors open at Jack Rabbit Slim’s the time I usually get into bed, Saturday mornings I start work at 5am but the allure of seeing Boo Seeka on their ‘Does This Last’ tour is too great. With sold out shows in Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth already on this tour, it is evident that I am not alone in my desire to see the Sydney based soul-pop-electro duo live.
Fellow Sydney electro-indie group Glades open the show and it’s no wonder that they are on tour with Boo Seeka. If you are a fan of one of these bands, chances are you will like the other as well. Glades play lovely, electro-indie-pop which makes you sway your body, eyes shut, feeling warm on the inside. The vocals of Karina Wykes are dreamy, her voice is smooth and soulful and leads the band through the highs and lows of the groups set. This is a band that will surely be on the radar of many more people soon, it is only a matter of time.
The bar is packed between sets and I give up on my quest to get a beer. The crowd is so eager for Boo Seeka and before too long, the two band members quietly walk out. After opening with a sexy cover of the Eurythmics ‘Sweet Dreams are made of this’, they’ve already won over most of the crowd. The set is filled with chilled grooves and catchy melodies with the crowd singing and clapping along to the singles ‘Deception Bay’ and ‘Fool’. The band have a bottle of wine on stage which they each take a big swig from before passing it into the crowd to be shared by happy fans. They tell us that they are trying out some new ideas for the record and promise it will be out soon. The tunes are painted with colourful guitar riffs and synths, with the single ‘Does This Last’ transcending through space with its lovely melody. Their ‘Like a Version’ cover of MØ’s ‘Pilgrim’ is also a crowd favourite.
The amount this band has done and accomplished in the last two years as a group is remarkable and they show no signs of slowing down. I wonder where they will be in 2 years from now – perhaps somewhere in space, sending soulful sounds from the stars for the world to hear.