Australasia gets a little Tricky

Friday, August 1st, 2008 | News, Reviews
Australasia gets a little Tricky

Going to concerts has been an everyday thing for as long as I can remember now, from seeing my mother perform as a child, to the scar punk groups that had me moving my drunken teenage body like never before, and just about everything imaginable between and since. Such a part of my existence concerts have become, that I rarely feel the anticipation prior to seeing an artist or band these days, whatever their stature may be.

English Trip Hop legend Tricky however, was a different story…

Tricky has arrived on Australasian shores to play ‘Splendour In The Grass’ 2008, last night I was lucky enough to be at the Prince of Wales in St Kilda, Melbourne to see him… or so I thought.

Tricky feat. Ed Kowalczyk of US band Live and Hawkman
Evolution Revolution Love

Catapulting to fame as a recurring member of Massive Attack, Tricky decided to go it alone in 1993 with his recognition and fame only growing as a solo artist. Due to his countless collaborations, remixes, and fellow artists sampling him, (as well as having a mother who was infatuated with the Rebirth of cool mix-tapes during my pre-pubescent years), going to see Tricky was a well overdue and pretty exciting night for me. Unfortunately, the night was not as enjoyable as I had hoped it to be.

Playing an inspiring, tight collection of his new and old pieces, encompassing his infamous mash up of trip-hop, rock, hip hop, and assorted genres, the concert was more suited to a theater performance with seating and red wine as opposed to the sold out, sardine can room full of tall people and bright lights. Special thanks goes out to Tricky on the last point, stopping mid intro to adjust the mood by casually requesting “Stop! Stop! Stop!, tun the fucken’ lights down man, ’cause that’s just how we do this”.

His random yet gripping lyricism, in combination with his unusual, intriguing character allow his stage presence to compliment the brilliance of his music, performance, arrangement, and production.

If you have already bought tickets, or are considering it… DO IT! I’m just saying if you get the option to see him in your local jazz club, or maybe living room, then go with that.

A true artist.

you can check out more of Tricky at:

or see him at Splendour in the Grass

… bs


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