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Live Review: Art Vs Science @ The Triffid

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Sydney dance-pop trio Art Vs Science dusted off their ‘Off the Edge of the Earth’ tour with a fun and full-of-life show at the Triffid last Saturday night. There wasn’t a still body in the house as the guys sifted through their latest album ‘Off the Edge of the Earth and Into Forever, Forever’ while throwing in a few AvS classics and even a Metallica cover. It was a night full of weird props, safety hazards, and shirtless dudes.

Main support act triple j’s KLP deserves a mention. The ‘House Party’ presenter gave a fun set engaging the audience with her electronic dance tracks. Performing Recover and rapping Remi’s part in his absence, she put on a fun set. The already packed room grew a little denser as Art vs Science entered the stage, kicking off the set with funk-electro dance track Create/Destroy. The fast paced percussions and cool electro synth of the keyboards had everyone dancing instantly.

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They backed it up again with another killer track A.I.M Fire. Its whimsical, robo-electro sounds had everyone raving and looking forward to seeing what else the Sydneysiders could throw at them. Chosen One showed off their clean production and instrumentals. The smooth vocals, steady tempo, and serious keyboard action made this track a real electro treat.

Tired of Pretending was up next and being such a prominent track from the album you could feel the energy of the audience spike. The indie-electro tune was even better live with the unusual guitar riffs becoming more intense and being tied together perfectly by the cool, clunky percussions.

Their well-known 2015 ‘Like a Version’ of Enter Sandman made an appearance in the set, stoking both Metallica fans and those just there to get their groove on. The trio teased us beginning just by covering the song in all of it’s heavy glory before shifting to their unique interpretation. The delivery of the song combined with the lighting had the entire audience captivated and even a few people waving their lighters.

Keyboardist Jim Finn took the opportunity to bring attention to the lockout laws, playing You Got to Stop, a track written about the band’s frustration with the ludicrous law. The song highlights the flawed logic saying, “Lock us out, lock us in and lock us down/Turn this wild city to a sleepy little town”.

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In This Together brought about some cool spaceship vibes with the trippy strobing lights and the synthy, electro-pop sounds. The tune’s complex up and down tempo had everyone dancing. Their ultimate dance song Parlez Vous Francais was the perfect song to end the set on, almost like a celebration of an intensely awesome night. The fast pulse of the track, the instrumentals, and the sheer energy the boys threw into the tune made this one a clear crowd favourite.

It was around this point in the night that Dan and Jim had lost their shirts, as they were getting into the gig just as much as the fans. They came out with one last song for us, which was the almost obligatorily Flippers. There were flippers in the air, intense raving, and a plethora of shirtless dudes. The night had been full of weirdness but the last song was a true testament to the awesome gig.

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