Boss Moxi @ The Zoo

Aural assault of a good kind

For the uninitiated, Boss Moxi should be described as an organism rather than a band. A funk monster that grows and shape shifts throughout a performance; fluidly and seamlessly cavorting between the dark, cavernous troughs of their moody percussive foundations and exploding into wild, frenzied guitar, cello and brass laced crescendos, coaxed out by their charismatic front man, Brayden Doig.

This was true of Boss Moxi 3 years ago, when they played their last Brisbane show at the Zoo, giving the project one last hoorah that could have been heard in Perth. Fast forward to 2017, the band (and the monster) is reborn - fittingly, a seance / dance party was held at the zoo to resurrect a project that refused to be silenced. A new line up including Alex Flamsteed (kit), Julian Palmer, (sax) Morgan Brown (keys) and Joshua Rivory (cello) saw the seven piece perform their forthcoming LP in it’s entirety.

Helping them propel the new chapter into the forefront of Brisbane’s consciousness were support acts Julia R Anderson, Valtozash and Quazi - an experimental and varied line up which bought almost as much energy as the headliner.

Julia R Anderson’s effortless songwriting and strong command of gat maker her such a compelling artist. Her genre fluid tunes blend droning guitars with ambient and pop sensibilities. A beautiful opener and the perfect way to lean into an evening of intricate and deliberate musicianship.

Valtozash are a force to be reckoned with. Cramming at least 17 people on stage, they combine frenetic metal guitar work with cacophonous brass which saw the room set ablaze in riotous, foot stomping ferocity. Even from the back of the room, my face melted right off.

Hip Hop five piece Quazi, charmed, head to toe in body paint. Frontman Javier Langham threw himself into the performance like a man possessed. Blending dreamy psychedelia with funky spitfire hip hop bars Quazi well and truly prepped the hungry crowd for the main meal.

Boss Moxi are a band of contrast, of light and dark; each working part in service of the others. Doig’s guttural vocals juxtapose Daniel Grima’s lifting and joyous trumpet - turning a dirge into a dance party while Rivoy’s haunting cello provides a delicate layer of fragility on top of Daniel Milad’s filthy bass licks. Everything is calculated, purposeful and involved and that is where and why Boss Moxi thrives.

Boss Moxi’s incubation sees them back stronger and tighter than ever. Their aural assault is an experience that demands your full attention, and it certainly has mine.

Fiona Priddey

 

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