Live Review: Seth Sentry + Tuka + Ellesquire - The Metro Theatre (24.05.13)

Seth Sentry - Metro Theatre 24.05.13

Chances are you’ll already be aware Seth Sentry has been having a huge year. Last year’s debut This Was Tomorrow was featured on Triple J, with three songs added to high rotation. He was voted Channel V’s Oz Artists of the Year, travelled to the United States to play South by South West and earning a spot on Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel, becoming the first Australian rapper to perform on a US late night TV program. Not to mention earning him a spot opening next month opening for Hip-hop royalty LL Cool J, Ice Cube and De La Soul.

At this rate it may be the last chance that Aussie fans have to catch Seth Sentry in venues as small as the Metro Theatre. The horrid weather had done little to dampen the enthusiasm of the young crowd who had packed out the venue well before Seth Sentry was to take the stage. Sydney locals Tuka, of Thundamentals fame and Ellesquire provided strong opening sets, feeding off the energy and enthusiasm of the packed crowd. By the time Tuka invited Ellesquire on-stage to run through “Just to Feel Wanted” it could of easily been mistaken for a headline set.

Seth Sentry was a force to be reckoned with, from the slick on stage production, which featured a huge backdrop of the brilliant album art. To his onstage performance where he built a strong rapport with not just the die-hard fans down the front but with their old folks up the back too. His flow and execution of skits were flawless, indicative of the long time spent touring the album. Hits were peppered throughout the set from opener “Float Away”, “The Waitress Song” dropped mid set to a massive sing along and “Dear Science” to close out proceedings. “Dear Science” saw possibly the greatest achievement of the night with DJ Sizzle crowd surfing from the stage up the stairs to the bar at the back of the venue.

This attention was well deserved, Sizzle provided all round support for Seth Sentry throughout, settling into a role of part DJ, part hype man, part backing singer. Even when he missed his cue in “Room For Rent” it just seemed to be part of the show. Throughout the set both grown men hyped the crowd by throwing a myriad of objects into the crowd, which included but not limited to; Nerf Guns, water bottles and water guns. This bit him in the arse when they tried to calm things down for “My Scene” where they couldn’t get overexcited youth to sit.

The encore saw Seth Sentry invite various alumni of the Sydney hip-hop scene including Mantra, Tuka and Ellesquire onstage to freestyle. Though there was a risk of this coming out as a complete mess, it provided a great change of pacing. Following the conclusion of “Dear Science” Seth Sentry released his fans back into the cold reminiscing and comparing their own high points from the set.