Paces @ The Woolly Mammoth

Creepin' onto the d-floor

Upon reaching almost the final leg of his national Creepin' tour, you'd think Paces would be all tired out, but his show on Friday night at the Woolly Mammoth showed that was not the case. Paces brought his full energy and attention to the stage, entrancing a room full of unruly punters. 

Up first was Sydney sweetheart Muki who was an unexpected highlight of the evening. With the sass of Mallrat and the energy of Confidence Man, she flung herself onto (and off) the stage with the kind of bountiful energy a kid hyped up on red cordial and fairy floss has. Despite coming on late, she made up for lost time with her bubblegum beats and clear vocals. The bass was loud, people were grooving - what more could you want from a support act? Highlights of her set included a Spice Girls cover of Wannabe, her latest single Friends Don't Make Out and Sassaparilla

Feki was up next and after Muki he seemed a little flat. Nonetheless, he controlled the crowd like a pro with his more DJ style of production and dirtier beats. Love You Better got the punters all fired up for the main act. 

Soon (but well after the posted set time), it was time for Paces to take to the stage and do what he does best - get people in the mood to party. The volume of the set immediately woke up the lazing crowd lingering in the booths to the side of the venue, (this isn't to say that the free earplugs weren't appreciated). A giant light up elephant was the focus of the backdrop, and the starting notes of 1993 enticed the audience to dance like they were gonna die tomorrow. With Woodes as a guest vocalist, and Muki coming back to the stage again, they played through tracks like Keeping Score, Nothing's Forever and Creepin to end the night out. 

Despite the unruly crowd, Paces knows how to deliver a damn good show, that's for sure. 

Olivia Shoesmith

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