LIVE REVIEW: Injury Reserve @ Jack Rabbit Slim's
On the 15th of June, rap trio Injury Reserve decided to bust down the doors of Jack Rabbit Slim’s and make some noise. I, on the other hand, was glad to have a been a part of an ecstatic night. Despite a lack of a line-up, it seems like line-ups weren’t needed. It was a packed room and many Perth hip hop artists I recognised were vibin’ out the night, getting sweaty and jumping around.
I was lucky enough to be in the centre of the mosh and up the front for most of the night, my one mistake being the three layers of clothes I wore for the night. Simply put, my dress sense really was a downfall in an ant’s nest of sweaty Injury Reserve fans.
Many fan favourites such as ‘S on Ya Chest, ‘Jail Break the Tesla’ and ‘Oh Shit’ came up in Injury Reserve’s live set, causing the entire crowd to move like human limbs. And apart from one guy throwing a Coke can on stage, Perth was truly a well-behaved crowd and Injury Reserve themselves were having lots of fun.
When it came to the end of the performance and an encore was called for, the trio knew exactly what to pull out. They played their latest basketball themed single ‘Three Man Weave’, which was the right amount of chill and heavy to get a crowd pumped, relaxed and screaming all at the same time.
A factor of their performance that I (and many of us that night) fell in love with was the light show. My lord, my god, it was an epileptic fit for the ages; think blinding flash-bang type white lights mixed with moody reds. Meanwhile, at the centre of all of this was the experimental electronic shredding of Parker Corey.
All round, the production of Injury Reserve’s show was impeccable and was one of the great highlights of that made this an experience to remember.