As the final chapter of Griffith University’s SEED series drew to a close for another year Miami Marketta played host to the 2017 artists final bash with a mid week party. On the line up last night were SEED favourites ROYES, SEYKA, MONIQUE, and Josh King.
ROYES opened with a commanding performance of original song ‘Sirens’, the first of many trance like songs to come from front woman Rachel Fels. Her voice was delicate and serene, but powerful when the song called for it. Guitarist Justin Husband only added to it with his tasty guitar solos. ‘This Time’, her most energetic song on the night was the most passionate and striking from the whole band.
SEYKA didn’t hold back her sass and honesty with ‘Take A Walk’, an original song that really showed off the tight playing of her band. Armed with her golden electric guitar she rocked the Miami Marketta stage from start to finish with her powerful voice. ‘In Everything’ gave us some serious Fleetwood Mac vibes entwined with todays modern pop rock sound. The dark and sultry ‘Shadows’ was an interesting twist in the set that really put SEYKA’s voice on show.
MONIQUE brought it back down with her hypnotic collection of pop ballads. Starting off slow she built up the sound throughout the set. Known for her moody, deep vocals her music was dark and haunting. She treated the audience to an Adele cover which brought out a whole other side to her voice, one more gritty and energetic, which the audience craved.
Josh King and his band rounded out the night with his original track ‘Please’ being a crowd favourite. Blending his love of storytelling with a john Mayer-esque folk-rock approach he had the crowd up and dancing as the night came to a close. His rock version of 1996 track ‘No Diggity’ a standout song with Josh hitting some insane notes and showing the versatility of his band. The clever re-interpretation fit nicely into the set and shocked a few people with the powerful voice that came from Josh.
Overall VISUAL RHYTHM was a fantastic night that not only showcased but highlighted the quality of music coming out of the Gold Coast. All four acts gave their all and it was clear from the crowd that it was a Wednesday night well spent. A midweek party with fantastic live music, Miami Marketta and the SEED Series put on one hell of a show.