@ The Triffid
13 / 09 / 17
Reviewer : Chloe Jover-Anderson
MAX; the multi-talented pop-soul-R&B singer/model/actor and dancer just finished his tour down under (presented by Select Touring & Blue Murder) ending in Brisbane on Wednesday night at The Triffid.
MAX wasn’t just alone on stage as he shared with his alter ego, a dance / electronic duo PARTY PUPILS. They brought their vibrant energy, colour, and funky party tunes. This futuristic funk group just wants to make you dance!
Immediately after walking inside; MAX’s backdrop didn’t go unnoticed. The large spelling of “MAX” sprawled across the stage was eye catching to say the least. The floor and mezzanine level of The Triffid held individuals who were eagerly waiting for MAX’s set. When the lights finally dimmed people weren’t quite ready as a few ran towards the barrier / front of stage (it’s worth a mention that he began earlier then what set times stated on the walls). But none the less everyone was overjoyed.
MAX opened with ‘Savage’ and within the first verse he was cartwheeling straight across the stage. Also within ‘Savage’, MAX was seen jumping straight into the crowd getting up close and personal with fans who were more than happy to sing along and cheer to an Artist of his calibre.
The amount of personality MAX brings to a show defines him as an artist out of this world. The facial expression along with choreographed moves left every in one big dance party. I wanted to make a special shoutout for songs ‘Holla‘ and ‘Pony’ – those for me definitely got me in the groove.
There was not a single point in time for the whole duration of MAX’s set where fans were not singing, jumping, and dancing along to every hit. I haven’t seen a crowd so energetic and funky in quite a long time and as a result left an overall bubbly feeling in everyones chest in the room.
As the set progressed. MAX was hitting note after note after note; and every time he hit those high notes I felt as though my jaw was lowering closer and closer to the ground. I kept asking everyone around me; “Did he really just hit that note”; “That voice”; “How can he hit that note”. By the end of the night I was most definitely picking my jaw back up off the ground.
One More Weekend
Billie Jean (Max solo w/ Uke)
Did You Wrong
Sax On The Beach
Lights Down Low
After I got my hands on a cheeky setlist I found that ‘Streets of Gold‘ and ‘Fight For You‘ were cut from the nights show; but ‘Mugshot‘ being added.
MAX’s time on stage consisted of both covers as well as originals. I wanted to make a noteworthy mention that he was able to mash together numerous popular songs into one from highly credible artists yet still make the crowd wonder if he just sung his own song or not. Each cover MAX performed on stage all included his own unique twist. MAX’s covers exemplify his ability to creatively modify a melody and revamp it, questioning whether or not he was playing a cover or even being easily confused as an original song.
For those who got the chance to see MAX on his tour down under were in for a treat when we got to hear his brand new song ‘Sax On The Beach’. I sure hope to hear this funky tune on the radio some time soon.
MAX ended the night with his fan favourites ‘Lights Down Low’ and ‘Mugshot’. Before jumping down to ground level high fiving everyone in the audience.
Overall, Max’s performance was an action pact display of his musical talent and abilities. I felt tired just from watching his never ending energy on stage – which stayed constant throughout the night. With an incredible amount of energy throughout his entire set, as well as his powerful vocals, it’s understandable why Max has gathered such a large following of fans. It’s safe to say its only the beginning we’re seeing of him here in Australia and his next tour down under can only get bigger and better.
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