Photo Credit - Jayden Johns @pix.by.jay
LUCI launched their latest single ‘Outlandish’ at the Bird on Saturday night with an epic lineup of support acts, Ullah, Sprinter and Madoc Plane. The night was jam packed full of talent and fun as each artist brought their own exciting element to celebrate this release.
Ullah, with her soft and dreamy presence, graced the stage first, serenading the audience and setting the mood for the night. Her ethereal melodies floated through the air, captivating everyone in the room. As Ullah's performance came to an end, Sprinter took the stage to warm up the dance floor and loosen up the crowd. This fun and infectious riffed band had nods to King Giz and Radiohead with their psychedelic/garage sound. It was cool to see Jon Stapleton (Wooly Mammoth, Stapleton) in this new setting, pushing his vocals to new heights.
Headline support were humble song of the year winners Madoc Plane. Their set was downright captivating and a pleasure to watch, there is a reason this outfit has been packing out rooms across Perth. The jazz/R&B tones of the band sit behind the vocals in a perfect manner in which they hero Planes melodies and allow the introspective lyrics to cut through. Performing popular releases ‘Own Worst Enemy’, ‘Right Reason’ and a stunning hazy jazz cover of Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’, Madoc Plane and his band sing and perform with absolute purpose yet ooze a relaxed, comfortable state on stage.
The anticipation hit its peak as LUCI took to the stage to celebrate the launch of their latest single ‘Outlandish’, a track featuring their friends Ken Paolo (Ken Paolo and the Space Cadets) and Persia. Persia’s vocals throughout the night were incredible, this artist is a valuable addition to any outfit she performs with and it was beautiful to see her play again with LUCI.
Grasping the tones of funk and R&B with their instrumentals and improv-like sound, LUCI combines the sounds of organ/synth, intricate guitar licks and funky rhythms that create the perfect dance beat. Another guest on stage was Hannah (HEY HANNAH) who has a joyful and relaxed presence on stage, her strong flawless vocals and hooks were a joy to watch, I would have loved to see her stay up there for another tune!
The rest of the set was a mix of journey style tracks and fan favourites like ‘See You Tomorrow’ with what seemed like an effortless performance from the band. The vocalists switched between Persia and Pete Luckas on keys (Bluo, Nectar) throughout the rest of their tracks, creating an incredible contrast for the night. Towards the end of their set they launched into ‘Outlandish’, a track that punters celebrated and clapped along to as if it was their oldest, most popular track. Clearly a favourite from their recent live performances and a track fans knew well.
The room was having an incredible time and I think in the end we all felt like time went by too quickly, we witnessed a genuine encore from the crowd as everyone cheered for LUCI to stay longer. The band looked like they had exhausted their catalogue, so the band started jamming to ‘Without Me’ by Eminem with Luckas rapping a few verses, satisfying the adoring crowd with last moment of fun to top off the night.
The night overall was as amazing as I was expecting it to be. I'll never get used to the insane talent consistently coming out of the Perth music scene, this new generation of music is something exciting and fresh that Perth hasn't seen before.