Winston Surfshirt 'Sponge Cake Tour' Review
Last Friday (Nov 17th) Figaro journeyed to Richmond tor catch Winston Surfshirt at the Corner Hotel. Once settling in and grabbing a beer to 'beat the heat', we settled in for what was a interesting show. As the band entered and took place on stage an instant applause struck the room. And from the first slap of the bass, the funk started almost immediately. Taking us song by song through their new album 'Sponge Cake'. A big tasty bowl of hip-hop, rap, soulful vocals and a whole lotta good bloody feels. While sinking a Carlton Draught in true-blue fashion, the band held nothing back that night. 'Ali-Di' was welcomed and celebrated with a roar of a cheer. A sing along was born and cradled throughout the entire song, not shy to the poetic lyrics and know-how of Surfshirt's exquisiteness. Familiar with every song coming up, the audience was dancing for the entire set. In fact, you couldn't walk through the standing floor at the corner without the risk of getting an elbow bashing by fellow punter.
While watching the band jump off of stage to having a little swing around a proper on the ceiling of the Corner Hotel, a proper highlight for Figaro occurred when the warm chords to ‘Be About You’ played and crowd members skulled their beers to free up hands and girlfriends tugged on the arms of boyfriends to pop them on their shoulders. Not to exclude the cheeky little groove on stage, while bringing out a Justin Timberlake cover of 'My Love'. With the high pitch vocals, fat bass, dirty beats, and rich horns Winston Surfshirt did Timberlake and the song absolute justice, and judging by the reaction at the end, the audience felt the same. Winston Surfshirt came back out for an encore and treated the audience to a hip-hop melody of a range of classic hip-hop songs, including Blu Cantrell's 'Breathe', Jay-Z's 'Can I Get A’, ‘Party Up’ by MCD and fortunately Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Be Humble’. The Corner Hotel that night was proper rowdy and unlike I'd ever seen in before.
Winston Surfshirt had me in of a stir of emotions. Between the misty enchanting vocals, dirty bass and sexy trumpet, I didn't know whether I wanted to be eating a rainbow Paddle Pop ice-cream, light one up or find someone in the room to kiss. None the less, these Sydney boys are a monstrous talent and will bring you a show unlike any other. Definitely one to keep on your radar.