Lastlings Hometown Block Party: Live review | Miami Marketta | Sunday 22 October 2017

After a whirlwind tour of the country in support of their latest single ‘Urges’ breaking 1 million streams, Gold Coast brother/sister duo Lastlings returned home and put on one helluva block party at Miami Marketta.

Kicking things off in the late afternoon were Future JNR and Stevie, with DJ Will D. Ness setting the tone of the evening between sets. Future JNR started the afternoon off with their smooth and alluring mix of live and triggered electro-pop. Stevie got the crowd warmed up with her synth-pop set of originals, showcasing off her sweet but sultry vocals. Both Brisbane acts were complemented by DJ Will D. Ness, as he filled Marketta with the sounds of a lazy Sunday via his chilled house beats blended with the sounds of nature.

Just after 6.00pm things really started to kick into gear with a line-up of female fronted acts ready to hit the stage in Studio 56. Opening act San Mei’s hazy dream pop had the crowd enthralled from song one.  A mesh of heart-pumping beats with sweet vocals and pulsing bass lines, it was music that was easy to lose yourself to. If chilled Sunday vibes were the condition of playing, San Mei hit all the right notes.

One woman show MOOHKI brought the house down with her electric dances tunes. Moody, provocative and captivating, the electronic producer from Sydney had the crowd in the palm of her hands as she performed the first half of her set non-stop. Halfway through the set, after thanking the other bands and the crowd, MOOHKI stunned the audience when she pulled out a trumpet and started playing live over her programmed beats. The combination of technology and the organic worked so well and really kicked things up a notch. It’s easy to see why she was this year’s triple j Unearthed winner.

After hours of fantastic live music you’d think it couldn’t get any better. That is until Lastlings graced the Marketta stage. Bringing together the visuals of their music video for ‘Urges’ to the stage and an electrifying stage presence, Lastlings put on one hell of a show. Smooth synths, driving warm drums and a wash of electric guitars paired with incredible energy. The set really brought home how good these local siblings are. ‘Stranger’ hit us with pounding drums and bass that seemed to echo through your bones as frontwoman Amy’s haunting vocals drove home the song’s message. Hit single ‘Urges’ was a clear fan favourite and beautifully performed. From the programmed strings to the smooth sultry vocals the crowd was loving every second of it, most singing along. It suddenly felt like the room had changed from a warehouse in Miami to a cool underground nightclub in LA. Dancing in a haze of smoke and melodic dreams, Lastlings put on a show that felt more like a set at Splendour in the Grass than a downtown block party.

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