O In The Dark @ Academy, Canberra (21/02/09)


Last Saturday night at Academy nightclub in Civic it was all dance, love and party Lexington style. To finish summer with a bang Lexington and Friction have come together once again to unleash Alliance at Academy.

This extravaganza is designed to push the limits in dance/electro nights and create an experience that is hard to come by. But with the line-up on Alliance’s list, this task becomes a breeze.

After the unfortunate cancellation of the O Week festival, O In The Park the Friction and Lexington boys created this spin off to keep the punters happy hence O In The Dark.

To get the party started was local DJ sensation Ashley Feraude. He has successfully re-configured and re-worked mainstream pop rock and R n B songs and combined them with his own creation of backing techno beats. The end product was grabs from those songs that were layered with backing techno streams.

By this time the club had become extensively inhibited by several big groups of girls who were either enjoying a birthday or hens party or were simply having a girls night out. Either way after a while it became difficult to equalise the ratio of guys to girls as all that could be seen was a sea of blonde hair, tight black cut off dresses and “I’ll try to dance in these shoes and not fall over” heels.

By 11:30 Van She Tech had made their debut on the monster size DJ platform with their industrial/psychedelic tunes of their own creation. Van She Tech, comprised of Nick and Mike from Van She and is their producing and mixing outlet in between their Van She band duties. When they’re not busy remixing songs by artists on the Modular label, they are quite impressive blending electro drum beats and blasting bass sounds together to create tunes one might hear in a German nightclub, so it looked like us punters were in stable hands for our entertainment.

Throughout most of VST’s set the dance floor almost became a make-out corner. It seemed that everyone was in the mood for dancing dirty so it would not be surprising if body parts were fondled with and punters got hot n sweaty. For a visual representation think of the video clip to Nelly’s _ Hot in Here_.

Next up on centre stage were Sydney experimental DJ outfit Bag Raiders. They were a delight right from the word go as their tunes have been remastered and designed to a T. They have loops, mixes, soft and touching lyrics and go long enough to not get sick of them. Songs like Turbo Love and Far Away drew the most attention.

Last but not least were Melbourne electro darlings and ARIA Award winners TV Rock. These guys were born to play nightclubs and charmed the O In The Dark party-goers. Their tunes including Reach, The Others, Reach For Me and of course Flaunt It are a match made in heaven for play in nightclubs and sound even better live.

Since these guys have played in nightclubs all across the world, they know what works and what doesn’t and they draw out all the reactive and pleasurable parts of the profession and ring out all of the madness.

O In the Dark proved to be a fair replacement but we look forward to the O In The Park vision becoming a reality for 2010! For more O Week delights head to The Big O next Tuesday!