Saturday 2nd June, 2012 – Review by Jade Lane.
After the nervous excitement of the WAMi Awards ceremony had subsided and the winners had been announced, the atmosphere at The Bakery was one of real community. Punters mingled with industry members, winners, friends and family as the beer began to flow and there were congratulations all round.
There was a real sense of pride in being part of the Western Australian music industry as we bid farewell to the WAMi’s for another year.
First up was THE CHEMIST, who played a really impressive set. Singer Ben Witt has an incredible vocal range that gave a really interesting contrast of bright light and rough dark tones, despite the fact that he’d almost lost his voice. At times it felt like old bluesy bar rock and at others it was pure new technical sorcery.
After cleaning up at the awards ceremony, SAN CISCO took to the stage with unbounded charisma. Their set was fun and quirky, hushing anyone who may have doubted them as worthy winners. Unsatisfied with riding the waves of success they’ve gained from songs like ‘Awkward’, they threw some completely new tracks into the mix, leaving fans with a taste of things to come.
Next up, The VOLTAIRE TWINS brought their lo-fi electro to the stage to show us exactly why they took out the award for Electronic Act of the Year. An exciting mix of electronic beats and live drumming combined with catchy pop hooks and drawling synths, there were few people left in the crowd that weren’t tapping their toes.
Closing out the night was SONPSILO CIRCUS, who delivered exactly the kind of set we have come to expect. It was speaker blowing rock n roll at it’s finest and these lads sure know how to deliver. Each member kicked ass in their own right as the crowd danced along and the WAMi’s were sent off with a bang.