EMAS Weekender: 21-23/10/2016 SAFIA

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SAFIA @ Metro City

by Imogen Bath

The Canberra-trio-male-band, SAFIA had graced Perth with an electric and groovy presence under the roof of Metro City on Friday night. As the indie electronic-pop band had just released their debut album titled “Internal” last month, this gave them an opportunity to do an album tour across Australia and New Zealand. Since the birth of SAFIA, the band has quickly infused themself within the Australian music industry and has collaborated with popular Australian artists such as Peking Duk and Alison Wonderland. Their soulful tunes with an electric kick and spin-chilling vocals of their lead singer, Ben Woolner, have been able to capture ears of many people, sparking the Australian band with a large fan base across the country. SAFIA have played at festivals including GTM, Splendour in the Grass and supported well-known artists, Lorde and Disclosure.

On talks of the concert, after much enthusiasm and enjoyment of their the support acts of the mysterious and mesmerising Running Touch and party-crowd pleasers; Set Mo, the boys of SAFIA finally came onto the stage. They kicked off the concert with their upbeat track song, “My Love is Gone”. Over the course of the night, there were a few songs that weren’t all familiar with me, as I hadn’t dedicated myself to listen to all the awesome tunes before the concert. However, their instrumental track Zion struck out to me the most when the boys came on stage for the second half of their set. This unique track captures the essence of Indigenous Australia by incorporating the didgeridoo combined with smooth and upbeat electronic sounds by crafting a brooding but hopeful feeling. Of the night, crowd favourites included Embracing Me, Make Them Wheels Roll, Counting Sheep and Take Me Over. The song Embracing Me is my absolute favourite and when the band performed this song towards the end of the night, the crowd when absolutely wild and were singing along with lead singer. When performing track Bye Bye, they had incorporated an entertaining rendition of Gorillaz popular track Feel Good Inc. by using an old telephone to create the similar vocal effect like in the original tune.

This has been my fourth time I have seen SAFIA live, and let me tell you their performances always gets better and better every time. These guys do not disappoint and continuously have a crowd going by keeping up those good concert vibes. If you haven’t heard any of their tunes make sure to check out their debut album “Internal”, as I personally think hands down it is one of the best album’s to have been released in 2016.

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