The Presets @ Enmore Theatre, Sydney (11/02/2013)

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It’s fair to say that Sydney duo Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes from The Presets have had a pretty good run. From the watershed success of their debut album Beams to the ARIA chart smash Apocalypso and latest release Pacifica, the boys haven’t yet misstepped. Tonight’s show was all about covering all of the key moments from album number three as well as taking in the many highlights from the earlier albums; interpreting many older tracks with bold, exciting and infectious reworks – a must, given how much Apocolypso has been thrashed over the past four years. Joined nationally by local dance luminaries Parachute Youth and Light Year, both supports did a sensational job in revving up the early comers.

As soon as the boys stepped on stage, the whole of the Enmore Theatre forgot it was a Monday night: there was no holding back on the part of the audience. The set kicked off with the help of opener A New Sky, moving onto a new rendition of old favourite Girl And The Sea. Hamilton has always been great at keeping the crowd engaged whilst allowing himself to become completely engrossed in the delivery, and tonight was no exception. It was also great to hear Fall nice and early – here I was thinking it was a hidden favourite of mine from Pacifica, but the track was a clear crowd favourite.

To their credit, the boys did a great job of keeping the set list diverse, spanning the three studio albums in equal measure. And with a fresh new reworking of If I Know You, plus classics This Boy’s In Love and I Go Hard, I Go Home being played, the energy was turned up to eleven. Pacifica had plenty of time in the spotlight too, Promises, Ghosts, A.O, Youth In Trouble all getting a look in.

And as the set slipped deeper into the techno lagoon, the inevitable My People was unleashed, though it didn’t cause quite the stir we’ve come to expect of it. Are You The One?, however, was frenetic, as was Kicking And Screaming and the electro church organ sounds of Talk Like That. “Thank you Sydney! It’s so good to see you again,” Julian yelled before exiting the stage. “ Goodnight!”

With a lengthy set polished off, it was hard to imagine what The Presets could possibly encore with. But as the crowd’s yells for more continued, they returned with Hamilton grabbing the mic. “You know, we’ve been away for a while and this is our first show in our home town in like four years,” he greeted the crowd before belting out Anywhere, “It’s good to see you again”.

We’ve always known that The Presets’ live experience is a force to be reckoned with. But whether it was the help of the new album, the good a four year break did them or just how much we’ve missed them, Julian and Kim’s return to the Sydney stage proved one of their best shows yet.

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