‘Hermitude’s rise over the past year has been remarkable. The duo recently took out FBi SMAC Awards for Best Live Music Act and Best Song (HyperParadise Flume Remix) and were shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize.’
It’s inevitable that once you hear Hermitude‘s first Sydney show of the Villain Tour was sold out, then the second, you’d only hope they would make a another one. Especially after hearing they also sold out in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, one was considering to go the extra mile to make it. But gladly a third and final show was announced in Sydney on Sunday night at the Oxford Art Factory.
Hermitude were supported by Sydney-based band, Fishing. I’ve heard a lot about them lately and was pleased to finally see what the fuss was about. They filled the night with dope MPC generated beats and in turn – a room full of sweaty people. They were definitely the appetisers for the night making sure we warmed up for the headline act. Full of energy and charisma, Fishing was definitely a winner to the crowd. I enjoyed the playlist in between sets too. Pulled out my iPhone and Shazaamed nearly every song. Never heard of some of the artists that popped up but enjoyed the electro-hip hop infused tracks bringing heavy bass and head-banging beats. Some of the tracks included ‘Yaow!’ (Baauer), ‘Cbat’ (Hudson Mohawke), ‘F**kin’ Problems’ (A$AP Rocky feat. Drake & 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar), ’110%’ (Jessie Ware) and ‘Gold Lion’ (Yeah Yeah Yeahs).
Fishing finished off their set which seemed so suddenly, but politely acknowledged the band that people came to see. I made a slight transition from the front to the back of the OAF and was greeted by familiar late-comers who walked into the venue and clarified – ‘We’re here to see Hermitude’s show!’. It was apparent as the venue started to look like a can of sardines – heat and condensation kicked in and the crowd were pumped as ever.
Hermitude played everything from their earlier tracks to the new school stuff from the Hyperparadise LP. The highlight tracks were…. pretty much everything from ‘Get In My Life’, ‘Hyperparadise’ as well as the Flume remix, ‘All Of You’, ‘Flood’, ‘Golden’ and ‘Cloud City’. What went off was ‘Speak Of The Devil’ with guest Chaos Emerald. The Oxford Art Factory incorporated a brilliant light show especially during ‘Speak Of The Devil’.
If you haven’t been to a Hermitude show, you could try catch them before they work on another album. They will be playing at the Corner Hotel, Melbourne on Thursday 21st February and The Big Pineapple Music Festival in Queensland on Saturday 20th April.
All of You
HyperParadise (Flume Remix)
Ghosts/The Presets (Hermitude Remix)
Get In My Life
Let You Go
Speak of the Devil
Speak of the Devil