The frantic period when mega-festival Splendour in the Grass spreads throughout Australia with an abundance of sideshows comes to an end for 2012. Just before things were to wrap up, the fun-loving L.A-based Electric Guest brought the party to Oxford Art Factory and completely nailed their one-hour set.
Completely underestimating Electric Guest’s popularity in Sydney I rushed into OAF expecting to move freely throughout the crowd but was met with a packed-out venue, it seems their Danger Mouse-produced debut Mondo won them a large following down-under.
Everyone was happily singing and dancing along to sole support act, Aussie act YesYou. The duo and their additional live band members were one of the more cheerful live acts I’ve seen this year, churning out pure feel-good synth-pop. The crowd didn’t seem to know much of anything about the four-piece in front of them but YesYou can be sure they earned many fans by the conclusion of their energetic support slot.
Electric Guest were late to the party but quick to win the fans over with opener ‘The Bait,’ a characteristically synth-heavy jam. They are as unique live as they sound on record, blending the cool of R&B from the motown era, with retro synth-pop reminiscent of the 80’s new-wave movement.
It’s not hard to hear Danger Mouse’ influence and production ringing through while vocalist Asa Taccone brings his unique swing-esque voice to the table, often flying high with a falsetto that would turn most singers green with envy. This auditory pleasure package was most evident on the faster-paced songs like the joyful ‘Waves’ and their most popular single ‘This Head I Hold,’ which came towards the end of the hour-long set.
From the buzzing synth-pop of ‘Under the Gun’ to the slow jam and set-closing ‘Holes,’ Electric Guest undoubtedly impressed with a flurry of quirky dance moves, swinging soul music, and the ability to light Oxford Art Factory up with absolute joy - the L.A boys are an absolute pleasure to the ears.