Walking up to Metro City on Saturday night, it was made immediately obvious that tonight was not going to be your usual night and one of the biggest indicators was the pop-up bar – Soda Pop – that was set up in the car park next door. It was also clear that it was going to be a rather young crowd.
Sydney Rapper Kwame was first to take the stage. “Hey Perth! This is the last show of the Peking Duk tour. What a place to finish it off!” He was energetic and clearly putting 100% into his performance and the crowd ate it up. He even handed the mic to a fan in the audience who knew every word of his new song, Wow. “Before I go, I’m from Sydney and it’s my mum’s birthday. Her name is Mary. Can you all sing her Happy Birthday?”
It was 19 year old singer Samsaruh from Melbourne that was next up and immediately blew everyone away with her voice. She opened with Back To The Stone, Executioner and Golden To Thrive. “Are you guys ready to have a fucking awesome time tonight?” she asked the audience.
Unfortunately, by this stage, there were far too many drunk teens that you could see would not last the distance and they couldn’t appreciate Samsaruh as much as she deserved. To her credit though, she didn’t let that phase her and put everything into doing her best.
She ended her set with The Way Angels Do, Gunpowder and Beautiful Killer. If you haven’t seen Samsaruh yet, you really need to check her out. This is one lady to watch out for because she has the potential to totally dominate the scene with that gorgeous voice.
Metro City was absolutely packed to the rafters and the drunk teens kept trying to push people out of the way to get to the front for Peking Duk – even though there was just no room to move. Peking Duk finally came out on stage after teasing everyone via video and opened their set with Wasted, Say My Name and Let You Down. “How the fuck are we feeling Perth? Make some noise for Chris Sebastian!”
They also played Fake Magic, did a DJ set which included hits like Iron Man (Black Sabbath), Mr Brightside (The Killers) and We Are Your Friends (Justice vs Simian) before getting everyone to turn their flashlights on and doing a beautiful rendition of My Heart Will Go On (Celine Dion).
“You cats always know how to party! You motherfuckers are wild! Only a couple of years ago, we were playing at The Newport so this is fucking sick!” they told the audience. They ended their set with Fire, Seven Nation Army and High. “Make some fucking noise Perth!”
For their encore, they played Take Me Over and Stranger. “You’re incredible Perth! Thank you so fucking much for having us! This is the best ending to a tour we’ve ever had so thank you!”
While this reviewer can’t speak on the best ending to a tour part, they can definitely speak about how amazing the show was and how great a performance the band put on. There is something so awesome and so special about watching an electronic act moshing on stage to their own music. It definitely speaks to this reviewer’s heart. So you may thank us Peking Duk for the best ending to your national tour.
Words by Karen Lowe