Review by Sandy Hsu
Melbourne youth-music organisation, The Push, kicked off their first New Slang gig of the year with a sold-out show, featuring a killer all-female fronting lineup. Poppy opened the night with her vibrant and articulate hip hop; delivering a warming rendition of new single ‘Ocean’, backed-up by seven-piece live band, Chicken Wishbone. Poppy’s stage presence was open and interactive, setting the mood for the night ahead.
Electro group, Huntly provided ethereal beats and immersive vocals; mesmerising to watch and listen to. Self-described as “3 bffs making doof u can cry to”, it was clear that the trio shared a strong connectedness, and that energy was absorbed by the crowd too. They delivered a tight, cohesive set that perfectly displayed their established sound. Listening to these guys live makes it basically impossible not to side step or nod your head, or both at the same time!
Headliner, Bec Sandridge played to a fully packed-out room, delivering an incredible high-energy set. All throughout her performance, the crowd was present and fully invested in the moment. Sandridge smashed out wicked renditions of her singles, ‘High Tide’ and ‘You’re A Fucking Joke’, and had people dancing and singing the words back to her.
There was something really special in the atmosphere at New Slang, a focused presence and connectedness that I think reflects what The Push are all about with these all-ages shows. The most wonderful thing about New Slang is that it provides underage people with the opportunity to
experience some cool, quality live music in a safe, friendly and welcoming environment. It’s so important that minors are exposed to amazing local talent, without having to make compromises.
Teenagers make up a large sum of music lovers and consumers but are too often excluded from or miss out on chances to actually get to see their favourite local bands play, as most of the time shows are hosted in overage venues. Being underage and seeing live music shouldn’t be as hard as it is, and it’s really exceptional that The Push fills that space; you can tell that the kids who go are super appreciative of it.
For more from The Push visit their Gig Guide