Sneaky Sound System - The Palace 8 April 2012
Sneaky Sound System’s brand new ‘From Here to Anywhere’ tour had lots of added extra surprises, with production, lighting, costumes and fun dance routines. As the first official Australian tour since the release of their third album of the same name, the show emphasised their phenomenal club presence.
Being their last Australian show for a while, before the duo move overseas indefinitely and with Connie embarking on her solo career, they certainly pulled out all the bells and whistles and went out with a bang. The show took the audience on a futuristic space-ride spectacle and showed off a mischievous side.
Kicking off with Kansas City, Sneaky set the pace with one of their strongest electro-pop tunes, doused with Miss Connie’s sleek and soulful vocals.
(Black) Angus McDonald took his place on stage behind the decks wearing a cartoonish triangular plastic tuxedo. Meanwhile, Miss Connie Mitchell dazzled the audience with her sparkling gold, sequin-covered space suit, which appeared to be inspired by Kanye and Jay Z’s Watch The Throne album cover.
The early nineties electro throwback Really Want To See You Again saw a futuristic outer-space dance duo hit the stage in silver and gold sequined jumpsuits. The hard-hitting track, choreographed with synchronized dance moves and props, really brought an exciting and entertaining aspect to the performance.
Sneaky’s live show created a great club atmosphere, with flashing coloured strobes and a continuous, energetic mix. They changed up some of their older songs, putting a fresh new spin on crowd favourites including Pictures, which gave them a whole new life on the dance floor.
It’s Not My Problem was the highlight of the performance, as it showcased Connie’s diverse range. It was full of emotionally charged powerhouse vocals that built up perfectly, peaking at all the right moments.
Goodbye was stripped back to a minimal acapella that served as an interlude to Remember, a sentimental, mid-tempo track that Connie described as one of her favourite songs, one that she holds dear to her heart.
Dance anthems I Love It and Big had the crowd in a frenzy, dancing and singing along to every note, before an encore brought the French house-ish Friends and the infectiously catchy UFO, which saw the stage explode with confetti and streamers that rained down on the audience.
Sneaky Sound System have come a long way since their first record, but their ‘From Here To Anywhere’ tour proves that they are still true to their club roots. With the duo moving on to other solo projects, it will be interesting to see what the future holds. One thing for sure is that they have certainly left Australian fans with a lasting impression, proving that they are pushing themselves to new heights.