Photographer - Austy Durnin
Walking through the 1950’s style diner Saturday night at the front of Jack Rabbit Slims, it was hard not to hear the bass pumping through the walls. The anticipation built as patrons eagerly awaited the big performance from Racka Chachi. People slowly began to flow in during support acts No Nomad, Rami, Mt Cleverest and DJ Ramoe, sort of a calm before the storm.
First up was No Nomad with their smooth jazz, the energy of the band was relaxing, everyone was at ease as the smooth tones of the tenor saxophone flowed over the bass and keyboard. Accompanied by the high, resonate notes of the lead singer.
Rami jumped onto the stage bringing his Funk/Jazz style to the room. He comes across with large reverbs sending his voice echoing before he came in on beat with his fast paced lyrics and smooth melody. Launching into 'Overboard' you notice these beautiful guitar riffs supported by an underlying bass tone. This track would be best listened to while taking a relaxing walk or during a study session but it’s definitely not a tune to sleep on.
Their song 'Psycho' added to the mixture as this little easter egg. Combining Jazz and Rap throughout as well as fishing topics off the crowd members to freestyle. Whilst this is going on I noticed a sax player setting up for his part in the composition, performing an excellent Sax solo towards the end of the song to really close out to give the singer a chance to dance on stage.
They ended their set on a track that felt good! It starts out strong, fading out from the chorus and then suddenly bringing the action back. It was an interesting way to finish the set, allowing the crowd one more jump before the song ended.
Mt Cleverest were up next and had a choppy start to the set, progressing through the songs you can hear the voice improving as the set carried through. Tight, solid drumming kept the bass and the guitar coherent throughout. The band had a Chilli Pepper vibe mixed with Rage Against the Machine, bringing old school vibes to a new school era.
Finally the main event, Racka Chachi, where to begin.. As soon as they started their set you could feel the energy in the room rising, everyone was hyped to hear their latest track. The band came out blazing dropping flows at a quarter note 15th, they sure know how to get a show started for an official single release. The energy's are high, confidence is even higher and it radiates from the stage onto the audience and back. With 4 piece vocal harmonies blending beautifully throughout, the dynamic of the group is something amazing to watch. Each person moved on stage playfully, throwing shakers between each other adding an aspect that spruced up the show and a human aspect to the performance.
The song of the evening, 'Mother God' carried a great beat keeping the energy high throughout, it perfectly reflects the bands influences and roots well and wouldn't be surprised if they were a Jamiroquai influenced group. Racka Chachi is a band worth watching out for in the future, they're heading towards being the next big band out of Perth.
As the night came to an end for the single release there was an uproar of fans wanting more, naturally the crowd began chanting for Racka Chachi to do an encore. The 8 piece band performed one last song to fulfil that yearn inside of you that’s screaming for more. Before saying goodbye they left everyone in a high energy mood that joined us on our journey for the rest of the night.
Reviewer - Joshua Thomasson