BANKS + Ziggy Ramo @ Astor Theatre Perth WA 18/6/17 (Live Review)
Arriving at the Astor Theatre around 8pm on Tuesday night, it was a pleasant surprise to see punters lining up to secure a spot for their favourite Californian electro-pop singer BANKS. With a killer international following, the charismatic songstress BANKS rolled into Perth for a sideshow ahead of her performance at Splendour In The Grass in Byron this weekend.
Up first was support from local up-and-coming hip-hop artist Ziggy Ramo, warming things up before the main act. Bringing his eclectic and established sound to the Astor theatre, Ziggy Ramo aka DJ Ziggy, impressed audiences with a collection of original tunes including his recent single Same Script.
Before long his set was up and crowds began waiting eagerly for the main attraction.
The Astor Theatre was jam-packed with an eclectic array of punters, with majority of the standing crowd being young and in their 20s.
Met by a very welcoming crowd, BANKS took to stage covered head-to-toe in a black mesh veil, a dark figurine amongst cascading red lights, alongside her keyboardist and drummer, and two back-up dancers, also covered in dark mesh. Jillian Rose Banks aka BANKS emerged from her ominous veil before kicking things off with Poltergeist, a track off her 2016 album The Altar followed closely by her gloomy single Gemini Feed of the same album.
BANKS sweetly took a moment between songs to acknowledge audiences after her long journey across the globe saying she was “so glad to be here…” after having “travelled 24 hours”.
Soon it was her crowd-pleasing track Waiting Game which really got crowds amped up, before dropping some total mood changers including This Is What It Feels Like and Mind Games.
Before performing her next track Better BANKS asked that punters put away their phones away because it would “be so special” to her, with most fans listening to her whilst others couldn’t resist but get footage of their favourite artist.
Next up was her track Brain off her 2014 album Goddess followed not long after by her 2016 track Mother Earth.
Although it was her 2014 electro track Drowning, which instantly lit the crowd up only shortly before BANKS jumped into the crowds for a close-up performance amongst her fans.
Before long BANKS had stepped backstage to toss on a black leather trench and was back on-stage for an encore.
It was her popular track Begging For Thread off her 2014 album Goddess that was met by an enormous amount of crowd energy and one that I’d been most excited for.
BANKS announced that she was glad to be in a “better headspace” this time ‘round touring Australia and that she could actually better enjoy her experience this time than on past tours.
Rounding out the night on a high, BANKS performed encore tracks from her 2016 album The Altar including Haunt and 27 Hours.