Metro City, 16 July
Photos by Damien Crocker
Lately I have been going outside my comfort zone. I’ve reviewed the ballet. I’ve reviewed spoken word. I’ve reviewed artists I previously haven’t known much about – but I have really enjoyed it. Tuesday night, the 16th of July was no different as I headed down to Metro City to check out Mike Skinner and The Streets. You might know them from the classic song ‘Fit But You Know It’. That’s all I knew then from. But with the help of Spotify in the last two weeks I had the chance to hear more and my prognosis is – there’s nobody I’ve ever heard that makes music like The Streets. How would I view their performance?
…it was one big party and I left impressed with the stage presence and performance of one Mike Skinner.
This was a very enjoyable evening. The English contingent were there in very strong numbers as the show was a completely packed house. Mike Skinner appeared to be having a pretty good time too. They’ve got some jams that make you want to dance, that make you want to jive. It’s positive vibes only when The Streets are on stage. Especially when they break out the Champagne and pour it into the mouths of the first-row die hards.
The Streets are described as an Alternative Hip Hop Band – Mike’s flow is different to a lot of hip hop artists. It dawned on me as I watched him perform. This man is a poet. He has applied his poetry to music in a completely original way. There’s no wonder the venue was so packed. The songs range from slow and relaxing to some mean beats that get your blood flowing. I know I sound like I don’t know what I’m talking about, but this is the point of view of a hard rock singer. I enjoy this music, but I am not immersed in it. Am I arguing with myself here? Bickering with a fictitious person reading this review and assuming I’m being judged? Yep.
I could go on about songs, but I didn’t know the name of many of them, as I said I’m a novice to this world. All I knew was I was intrigued to again check out something different for Around The Sound. The love in the room is strong, this is music that has been the soundtrack to these peoples lives and I could feel that and appreciate it.
‘Blinded By The Lights’ was one song I knew and it was a surefire highlight of the evening, and they ended with the expected ‘Fit But You Know It’ and the fans came unglued. Major props to Mikes hype man, you provided a fantastic energy. The whole live band were tight like a tiger. Overall, I had such a great time at the show, it was one big party and I left impressed with the stage presence and performance of one Mike Skinner.