By Jackson Lavell-Lee
Pow! Negro graced the Bird on Friday night for their Jasmine and Liquorice Ep Tour which includes sensually sexy sax, mind melting melody and luscious linguistic lyrics. The show sent the packed crowd into raptures where friends of the band and patrons of the bar alike began stage diving with divided success.
Opening with “Racquetball” Pow! Mesmerised their growing fan base and quickly ignited a sweaty and enthusiastic wave of twisting limbs and beer soaked bodies, reminiscent of a crazed zombie attack in the crowd.
The fever had been building all evening with Hyclass opening the show with a seductive mix of blues and sophisticated lyrics. The female fronted hip-hop collective provided the velvet for Kuzick to slide on up to the stage as the crowd swelled to capacity.
Kuzick then showed class with his self-produced experimental electro recordings backing up excellently performed vocals and thought-provoking lyrics. He then invited local hip hop lord Drapht to the stage to perform songs from his latest record, “Seven Mirrors”.
The surprise performance is exactly what the Perth Hip-Hop scene has come to crave from the ARIA award winning MC and he delivered with tracks such as “Another Juliet” and “Monday, Monday” before testing avid fans with some tantalising new lyrics from an upcoming project.
The stage was set, and the band certainly delivered on what is becoming Perth’s most highly-anticipated live show, with lead Singer Nelson Mondlane’s famous energetic dancing and stage actor-like antics enthral spectators and drunken mosh-ers alike.
With the crowd singing along to lead single “Money for Portraits” and grooving to the beautiful instrumentals of “Hold My Tongue”, there was an ‘anything goes’ environment of sheer joy and ecstasy on the squashed dance floor.
Closing the night with Debut Single “Hidle Ho” the bouncy tune had the room jumping more than House of Pains classic “Jump Around” and there was a proud air of expectation for where this Fremantle band can go internationally.
Upon leaving the small yet popular venue I heard one stunned man remark “at least I can say I saw Pow! Negro for $5 at the Bird in 2017.” You should make the effort to do so too, their vibe is infectious.