Sunday - generally a night for rest before returning to a working week. This is what I’d usually be doing, but of course, it’s a long weekend so I’ve been running on approximately six hours sleep the last few days, and a shitload of caffeine. Why? Because it seems that Adelaide comes out to play on these sacred extended weekends, and on this one, it’s decided to play hard. One of a few reasons as to why I’ve found myself rushing off to the Rhino Room from Rundle Street to catch Northeast Party House performing at the latest fourwords party.
There are a few things I should point out about these now notorious party nights in Adelaide’s east end. The venue reaches capacity extremely quickly every time, shots are always flowing and if you’re in the market to nab yourself a drunken member of the city’s indie-hipster community, the Rhino Room on these nights is almost definitely a sure way to do it. After waiting for some people to clear out of the venue in order to get in (and only be allowed upstairs), I’m finally mingling in amongst an already incredibly loose crowd of punters. The band are already onstage and being sober, it’s amazing to watch the frenzy the Melbourne party animals are conjuring – by the end of the gig, it’s hard to tell who is band member and who is audience member, as the crowd proceeds to clamber onto the stage and become involved in the all-in dance party.
Northeast Party House are perfect for this environment; they don’t take themselves seriously as performers and concentrate on providing as many good party vibes as possible. Their mix of synths, percussion and guitars is infectious and you can’t help be caught up in their summery attitudes; with songs like “Pascal Cavalier” and “Empires” particularly standing out as live hits, it’s no wonder that this band is grabbing hold of new fans constantly across the country. As they finished their set, the Northeast Party House guys looked absolutely wrecked, sweat-soaked hair clinging to faces, whilst the glitter face paint had begun to run early on in proceedings. With Triple J’s Lewi McKirdy poised to take over the DJ decks following on from the end of their set, Northeast Party House answered the crowd’s resilient chants for an encore with a great synth-driven jam before they finally wound the show up.
Northeast Party House are a band who are very much representative of what Triple J is orgasming over at the moment; they have all the elements there to potentially transform them into one of the country’s longer-lasting indie pop acts, and I’d like to see them refine their techniques more, so they are able to tour with an equal focus on the music’s quality, as well as being the party-starters. I was glad I got to see them perform tonight as I’ve missed them every other time they’ve been in town; definitely a fun band to kickstart a summer with, but I can see that there’s much more that’s still yet to be offered and hopefully 2013 will see that quality material come through strongly.