LIVE REVIEW: Peking Duk Perform an Exhilarating Show at Metro City
The dynamic duo Peking Duk put on an exciting, high energy show at Perth's Metro City, leaving everyone in the crowd pumped up and sweaty at the end of the night.
The show kicked off at 8:30pm, with hip hop artist Kwame easing the audience into what was about to be a big one with some laidback beats and smart feel-good lyrics, including Friends’, ’WOW’ and ‘Feel Good’.
At 9:30pm, Melbourne-based indie singer and songwriter Samsurah captivated the audience with her full voice and unique sound. The audience seemed to recognise some of her songs, particularly ‘Beautiful Killer’, but also ‘Gunpowder’ and ‘Golden to Thrive’ — all recently released by the young artist.
After Samsurah the crowd became increasingly impatient awaiting the headliners due to come on. Peking Duk finally emerged and started off with a bang, performing ‘Wasted’ for the beginning of their 'Wasted' tour. Dressed in all-white, the duo performed some hilarious synchronised dance moves and maintained this outrageous energy all night. Adam had all the ladies excited when he whipped off his white tank… and who could ignore Reuben’s luscious mullet?
Michaela Baranov provided her incredible vocals for ‘Let You Down’, ’Fake Magic’, ‘Elliphant’ and ‘High’. She had a great presence dancing around on stage and performed beautifully. Some enticing audiovisuals were also expected — and they were provided. Light production and the usual confetti machines and smoke cannons got the audience excited at all the right times.
Peking Duk is unique in that they have always relied on releasing chart-topping singles, and have never released an entire album. This made their concert interesting as you could never quite tell what was up next, but also called to question how they would maintain an hour and a half long show, and how the songs could flow together so seamlessly.
The reality was that some of the song changes were a little jarring, and they also relied on some universally known and loved songs — including ‘Mr Brightside’, ‘7 Nation Army’ and ‘My Heart Will Go On’. While the nature of their show was as such, it was overall a really fun and light-hearted night.
If you’re looking for a night of thought-provoking and nuanced music, head elsewhere. But if you’re after a night packed full of dancing and entertainment, you’ve come to the right place. The audience seemed stoked the whole time and I, for one, had an amazing time. These two definitely know how to put on a show.