The Preatures @ The Enmore Theatre, Newtown NSW Australia 02/09/2017 written by Brendan Lewis
Funky Sydney pop-rockers ‘The Preatures' grace fans at the Enmore Theatre tonight, as part of
their tour in celebration of their 2017 album of feminine power, ‘Girlhood’. The audience are
geared and ready after support band ‘Polish Club’ warmed us up with their catchy sound and
humour. Lets get this funky party started!
The Preatures emerge onto the stage to the sounds of Cakes’ ‘Short Skirt/Long Jacket’, setting
the groovy feels straight away, along with adoring cheering fans.
With only a slight gap after ‘Short Skirt/Long Jacket’, the band head into their first song of the
evening ‘I Know A Girl’. This songs’ sound took me back to the 90’s with its feel-good pop-rock
sound resembling the era, which lead singer Izzi-man Freddy Mercury (requested name by Izzi)
twirled and danced around to on stage like nobody’s watching… oh but we were, and Izzi utilising
the space on the stage moving across the front of it singing to each fan, not just to the masses.
Izzi’s charismatic stage presence struck just the right note in the audience, especially us front row
When I asked guitarist Jack why they played ‘I Know A Girl’ up first, instead of typically the first
song off their touring album, title song ‘Girlhood’, he said it was just to mix things up and do
things a bit differently. I do admire that, although when they did launch into ‘Girlhood’ next, it did
spark a more excited cheer from the previously still crowd, now bopping away at this up-beat and
up-lifting catchy single of powerful femininity. The first song of the set was mixed adequately by
the bands’ sound mixer and all the sounds were even enough, but for the second song and
onwards, Izzi’s vocals were raised to a perfect shining level which made them do just that. The
improved sound mixing plus the songs’ natural energy and the band moving around with Izzy
showing off her charismatic moves, definitely made ‘Girlhood’ a stand out song that would’ve
been quite appropriate played first.
With only a quick thank you to the audience, the band dance right into my personal favourite
‘Somebody’s Talking’ which I’m a bit surprised they chose to play this infectious popular track so
early on in the set, but it did the right job being right where it is. This incredibly catchy hit (which I
had to resist doing the most girly bum-wiggle to), saw the audience bop around a little more like
actual dancing with everyone singing along, raising the atmosphere of the show nicely! Speaking
of atmosphere, the lighting for the previous two songs I thought were a little bit of a stretch from
atmospheric and let down the fun, groovy music. Like the icing on a cake adds that nice touch to
the cake, it can also let it down if its not done well. Luckily though the lighting was improved
sufficiently for the third song, to compliment the icing on the cake… great, now I feel like cake.
Typically at a live show the focus is mainly on the lead singer yes, but for the next two songs
‘Cruel’ and ‘Lip Balm’ with Izzy crouching down at the front of the stage connecting with her
audience at the front during ’Cruel’, Izzi shared the spot light with her fellow band members,
singing to/with them in their respected positions on the stage whilst maintaining Izzi’s groovy
dance moves. This showed some amazing showmanship and emphasised each band members
stage presence making sure each band member was just as important in the performance as Izzi.
I can’t help but notice, the audience around me WON’T SHUT UP! I thought this was a bit rude
and disrespectful to the band, especially as the band weren’t lacking any stage presence or “zaz”,
but yet the audience still spoke. But, the band weren’t going to let that ‘Mess It Up’ and the band
will “not be sad about it” “only the weak fight” …did the band see that coming or something?
‘Mess It ups’ funky-town bass lines with the band (mainly Izzi) shakin’ a tail feather to it just the
right way, along with its independence declaratory lyrics made it a great addition to the set.
Next the band play ‘I Like You’ which I’m really surprised the band slowed down their dancing
around to, seeing as I had to again resist a girly wiggle to the up-beat retro-sounding dance
provoking chorus which I thought was quite fresh and uplifting.
Apparently the band are still learning this song and need practice at it being new, but I nor anyone
else noticed any issues. The bands’ heart-felt track ‘Magick’, was beautiful and featured some
“high-school-dance” like mirror ball lights (at least how they looked to me) which apparently set
the stage curtains alight at their Melbourne show the previous night, no fire tonight though. The
lights circled around the venue, giving the song the appropriate atmospheric touch. On top of
that, Izzi’s soaring vocals were astounding and quite accurate to the recording, ‘Magick’ was a
perfectly positioned contrast in the set.
Izzi then speaks to the audience explaining what the next song ‘Cherry Ripe’ is about and the
feeling behind it …a Cherry Ripe maybe? Izzi’s voice did resonate throughout the venue
beautifully and had the audience singing along nicely during this song, but were let down slightly
by the return of dull lighting.
The dull lighting was unfortunately sustained for ‘First Night’ with Izzi doing the girly wiggle I had
to resist doing, before expressing her excitement to be back on stage and tries explaining the
show and how the next song ‘Yanada’ the band really wanted on the new album, over the top of
some guitar and bass playing which made it hard to hear Izzi. ‘Yanada’ featured a euphoric
collaboration of voices from each band member and the audience, who are surprisingly calm
despite a rather loud applause conducted by Izzi’s arm waving’s to the audience.
Talk about making a song and dance about it, ‘Ordinary’ being a fan favourite started with a good
ol’ guitar solo and got the whole crowd singing and dancing along with Izzy as if she were a
puppet master, and even got the shy, quiet, still guy next to me bopping away. Ha-ha-ha, you
thought I was completely blind didn’t you buddy? The song is then topped off with a big finale.
You thought that was the last song being a fan favourite with a big finish? Nope, the band finish
the set with ‘Better’ followed by ‘Night Machine’ then an encore of a beautiful echoing piano solo
of ‘Your Fan’ by Izzi, and finally the band’s biggest hit ‘Is This How You Feel’. All of which featuring
more groovy dancing, the return of good lighting, crowd pleasing solo’s and the loudest sing
along from the crowd during ‘Is This How You Feel’.
This was indeed a brilliant display of fantastic retro sounding pop-rock music mixed well, with
some funky-ass grooves. With some improved lighting at times and possibly a shuffle around of a
few songs in the set, and this is an ace of a show!