Poxymusic @ Crown & Sceptre, Adelaide (15/09/07)
Fri 28th Sep, 2007 Event Reviewsin
Entering the Crown and Sceptre at a relatively early hour, I was delighted to find it buzzing with a friendly and up for it crowd. Settling in for a drink in the front end of the Sceptre, there was a fantastic vibe in the air.
The poxymusic boys have built up quite a name for themselves over the past few years. Hailing from Sydney, they’ve released quite a few of their own tracks, such as She Bites, which featured on the 2007 Ministry of Sound Annual, and perhaps their best known track, Our Break.
They’ve also done some fairly impressive work as remixers, including Ferry Corsten’s seminal Rock Your Body, Rock. With all of that to their names, the crowd was very keen to see what they could do in the flesh.
Unfortunately I arrived too late to catch any of local DJ Dusk’s set, which was a shame, as I’ve heard many good things and was looking forward to seeing her. Mal Chia, Alex McKenzie and Lachy Pender warmed the crowd up nicely, serving up yummy breaks, progressive and house-flavoured tunes to get the crowd in the mood.
The crowd was a real mix of types – more than a few music aficionados who were there to see the main act, as well as plenty of regulars from the Adelaide scene, and some who seemed to have happened on the place when just heading out for a drink. The Sceptre seems to bring out the best in people – I can’t ever remember encountering a rude or snobby crowd there. This was certainly true on Saturday night, and the happy faces certainly helped the excitement build.
Around midnight it was time to move onto the dancefloor to catch the last of Lachy Pender’s set and secure a good spot for poxymusic. The poxy boys didn’t waste any time, building on the vibe that had been set up by the previous DJs. They dove straight into some tough and slightly dirty (in a very, very nice way) house, and the crowd was only too happy to follow.
The mark of a good DJ is (in my humble little opinion) that they can educate their audience and offer them music they may not already know, taking them outside their comfort zone, without turning off or losing the crowd. This is a skill poxymusic have clearly nailed. Moving across genres and styles (including a few of their own tracks and remixes), the boys kept the crowd on their toes, but maintained the dirty and funky vibe they’re known for. Even when taking a brief sojourn into the beer garden for a well-earned rest, we found we all still had one foot tapping along with the music inside.
The crowd amped up (and down) with the music. During the tougher tracks you could have sworn the roof was going to come off, and when they dropped She Bites you couldn’t see the decks for all the fists in the air. They got a similar reaction to Get Dumb (a recent gem from the Swedish House Mafia) and Our Break, and it was a beautiful sight indeed.
After a funky and remarkably sweaty couple of hours, the boys wound up to a very satisfied and revved up crowd. The only complaint in the house seemed to be that it didn’t go for long enough. A great set from a very talented pair of young men – hopefully we’ll see them back here soon!