As is customary these days, I arrived at the venue hours ahead of the headline act. Despite this, Lizzy and Max were out on time and in fine form, despite the hectic week they’d had touring with Groovin the Moo festival. A packed house applauded as Lizzy radiated on stage – her voice pitch perfect, even with excited bounding and repeated hair flicks.
I was enthralled. That voice. Max too was a mastermind on stage, bringing measured aloofness, with spontaneous bursts of dance and energetic chanting. MS MR is the genuine article. As Lizzy stood before us in her black latex jumpsuit, she dazzled with voluminous red locks and lustre. They mixed uptempo anthems with heartfelt ballads, but if it were up to me they’d have played Criminals over and over for two hours. 2012’s gentle Hurricane was my first introduction to MS MR, and my haven’t they come along at the rate of a disco bullet train? A triumph.
Watch Wrong Victory:
The MS MR tour continues this week in Australia:
- 3 May – The Triffid, Brisbane
- 5 May – The Rosemount Hotel, Perth
- 7 May – Groovin the Moo Bunbury, WA
When they return to the US, MS MR will embark on a tour with Bloc Party (Lizzy’s fave band!). Find details here.
Perth duo Grrrl Pal (Jay Lekat & Danny K) were the support act, sashaying through their set dishing out their best, most fun electro originals, and even a high pitched, vocally unsteady version of Drake’s Hotline Bling. Dare was easily the highlight, and if you haven’t yet opened up to the talent coming out of WA, today is the day for you to make a start.