Gig Review: Client Liaison and Chela, May 1 @ Alhambra Lounge
Words by Scenewave Australia - Published on May 3, 2014
Melbourne dance duo Client Liaison have been making waves recently. Really funky, well-groomed waves. Their delicious brand of ‘90s dance music enticed me to Alhambra Lounge on Thursday night to catch the Brisbane leg of their nationwide tour, and I was not disappointed.
Supporting the boys was fellow Melbournian Chela, who describes herself as an ‘oriental disco heathen goddess’. Unfortunately, this self-proclaimed deity’s indie dance-pop does little for me. To her credit, however, Chela’s live performance was a surprisingly engaging experience. Her music is by no means groundbreaking, but Chela’s striking vocals proved enough to capture the attention of a bourgeoning audience. Kicking things off with Guts, Chela continued to improve throughout her set, and stepped down from the stage on several occasions to dance with her disciples.
Not since Mötley Crüe ruled the Sunset Strip has a head of hair rivalled that of Client Liaison’s Monte Morgan. Combine his glorious mane with a shamelessly hedonistic attitude, and you’re some way to imaging Client Liaison. But these guys are no glam metal band. Comprised of Morgan on vocals and Harvey Miller on keys, synth, and percussion, Client Liaison specialise in majestic nu-disco and synth pop. They’re a quirky, beautiful embodiment of early ‘90s Australia, both visually and sonically. Live, they’re like nothing you’ve ever experienced.
Every aspect of their performance was perfect. The hair, the synchronised dancing, and the fact that they were completely serious about those outfits, constructed an experience that I cannot recommend highly enough. Given the duo’s presently limited repertoire, the show sadly came to an end after just 40 minutes, with their most popular tracks, Feeling and Free of Fear, providing a dynamic end to the set.
Client Liaison finish up their national tour next weekend, with shows in Adelaide and Melbourne.