Jack Rabbit Slim’s, Friday 5 July 2019
Photos by Leteesha De Landgrafft
It was a rainy, wintery Friday evening in Perth and I was desperately longing to be warmed up with some toasty tunes. Knowing Kira Puru would be guaranteed to get the crowd grooving, it was a fine line between dressing warm but not so warm that you’d combust on the dance floor. I had it covered though.
Reija Lee was the first support act of the night and countered the chilly conditions with her 80’s synth pop inspired sound. The Perth EDM artist had a calm yet boppy stage presence and was the perfect act to get the night started.
Suddenly, a remix of the Lion King’s ‘Circle of Life’ began to play and Sydney sister duo, Kinder, entered the stage. Full of energy and smiles, they busted out a choreographed dance sequence before grooving up to the DJ decks. Kinder treated our ears with remixes of current chart toppers such as ‘Old Town Road’, as well as classics such as ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ and MGMT’s ‘Kids’. They also performed their own songs, complete with singing and more energetic choreography. As they whipped their long braided hair and jumped around the stage, it was hard to believe they’d just gotten off a plane. Kinder definitely brought the fire we needed to get us warmed up for the main act.
Wearing all black, Kira Puru strutted onto the stage. Oozing with sass and attitude, she launched straight into her performance and instantly had the crowd dancing along. When she addressed Perth, she sassed us about our miserable weather.
“I came all this way and I expected fucking sunshine,” Puru said.
Puru’s performance was empowering. Her fierce, powerful vocals were paired with funky bass lines and playful lyrics. She made sure she covered all the favourites such as ‘Say Something’ and ‘Fly’, along with new material from her upcoming record.
Puru saved her latest single, ‘Everything Is Better Without You’, for the end of her set. But first, she shared a funny story. Puru told the crowd she’d accidentally sent an email to her whole contact list with the title of her new single as the subject line, to promote her song and the tour. But this had meant the email was also delivered to all of her exes. The cherry on top? Puru could see that all of them unsubscribed from her emails after that.
Kira Puru ended the night on a high with her 2018 hottest 100 hit, ‘Molotov’. Looking around the crowd, I felt that everyone had been saving up the last of their energy for this moment. There was some serious boogying going down around me and I couldn’t help but join in. It was easy to forget the icy weather outside as we burned up the dance floor.