There aren’t many things that will prompt me to leave my warm home on a cold Winter night, but the promise of a great live show is one of them, so I headed off to Sydney’s Newtown, to catch party band Furnace and the Fundamentals playing their Furnapalooza show at the Enmore Theatre.
The night was kicked off with a lively set by Sydney indie rocker Pluto Jonze. The venue hadnt filled yet, but those that were there danced and cheered through the set with great enthusiasm. Pluto Jonze was followed by Daft Punk cover band Discovery, who came on stage wearing black suits, black gloves, and black helmets. They livened the crowd up even more, and by the time they had finished their set, the venue was near to full.
After a brief set break, the imminent arrival of the headline act was heralded by the band members depicted on a video screen, all in various stages of preparation for the show. The crowd joined in with the on-screen countdown, then the six piece band, led by frontman Elliot Crane (aka Furnace), took to the stage to huge cheers and applause from the audience.
Furnace and the Fundamentals launched straight into their show, starting off with Ricky Martin’s Cup of Life. Playing hits from Spice Girls to AC/DC, Backstreet Boys to Lorde, Furnapalooza is a non-stop, high energy, super fun extravaganza. To call them a covers band seriously underplays their act, with fantastic music and spectacular lighting ensuring there was never a dull moment in the hour and a half long set, which even included Furnace himself crowd surfing on a giant pink swan around the dance floor. The Fundamentals‘ boundless energy was matched by the exuberance of the audience, dancing and cheering and singing along the entire night. It was impossible not to have a great time, and I will definitely be catching their show next time it comes to town.
Check out Wendy Robinson’s gallery of this show HERE
OFFICIAL BIO – 2017
Step onto the dancefloor with the greatest band of all time.Furnace and the Fundamentals are a nationally-renowned party band, performing a larger-than-life, music tribute show, with live vocals and instrumentation.Thousands of fans across Australia have seen Furnace earn their reputation as bona fide party starters, including show-stopping performances at Falls Festival, St Kilda Festival, Spectrum Now, NYE at Opera Bar, Perth and Adelaide Fringe Festival and countless packed shows across Sydney, at the Soda Factory, Metro, and more. They regularly entertain at private bookings on a regular basis.Musical chameleons with a sense of humour, the band is tight, energetic and engaging. As the concert headliners that were worth lining up for, or the band that made your night, Furnace and the Fundamentals are guaranteed to leave any audience white hot!
- FATF perform one-of-a-kind takes on the best songs ever – each song is vocally mixed into the next in a novel way. It’s non-stop (so, no breaks between songs).
- It’s a full live band experience. The Fundamentals are all ace musicians.
- As well as contemporary hits and throwbacks, the band tap into pop cultural and film nostalgia; with the inclusion of movie soundtrack scores and TV themes in their repertoire.
- The crowd always completely embrace the vibe from the get-go, getting caught up in the infectious rhythms and the guys’ wild moves.
Furnace and the Fundamentals are:
Furnace – lead vocals, lord of the dance
Digby Robinson – epic guitar, epic hair
Lachlan Nicolson – keyboard, keytar, eating bread rolls
Tom Mackenzie – guitar, tight pants, ibising
Marcus Anderson – bass, dashing good looks
Mike Solo – drums, visor, puns
KEY MEDIA QUOTES
“An immersive, multi-sensory experience…these guys aren’t your regular cover band. The party starters brought an immeasurable intensity to their Furnapalooza show….keeping the venue moving from start to finish… Indeed something that had to be seen to be believed!” – Isolated Nation.
‘Furnace & The Fundamentals have limitless, radical energy. As live showmen they’re hugely entertaining, the music they play is accessible – somehow they get the whole room dancingand singing loud enough to lift the roof off! Catch them if you can – you won’t regret it!’ – The Music.com.au
“I’ve seen a lot of shows in my time but Furnapalooza was the most amazing show I’ve ever seen!” – A dude who has seen Queen five times
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