Live Review: Naysayer & Gilsun - The Hi-Fi Bar

25 June 2012 | 10:44 am | Dylan Stewart

Who couldn’t watch a great white shark demolish a seal over and over again?

Good, clean fun? Oh hells no – not tonight, bitches.

It's damn cold outside, so as folks descend the magical stairs to the wondrous world of the Hi-Fi Bar, there's not only a sense of excitement about the gig tonight, but also a relief to be out of the cold. It might be this relief that sees punters happy to settle in the corner or hang by the bar, but as a result the atmosphere isn't quite as electric as one would imagine in the lead up to tonight's gig.

Battling manfully at the decks are locals Two Bright Lakes DJ's, who do their utmost to inspire some booty-shaking, however without a huge crowd it would be difficult for the most talented DJ to fill a dancefloor at this time of night. Instead, they produce a solid set of background house music, interspersing their beats with pop numbers like Adele's Rolling In The Deep.

At the stroke of midnight however, Two Bright Lakes have retired, and as soon as the contrasting shots of Clive Owen, Jake Gyllenhall and George Clooney appear, the crowd is in raptures. It seems a slight false start however, as very shortly there's a repeat of the set's first five minutes, accompanied by Naysayer & Gilsun, who throw down a clever 90-minute set of beat-heavy, pop culture-inspired tracks.

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The beats and tunes are solid, but somewhat uninspiring. Where Naysayer & Gilsun win the crowd over however, is through their visuals. From Seinfeld and The Big Lebowski to Fiona Apple's 1997 MTV award-winning “what you think is cool” speech and some epic wildlife clips (who couldn't watch a great white shark demolish a seal over and over again?), the set mixes video with audio in a way that most of this crowd have not experienced before.

It's fun, it's danceable, and by the end of the night, almost everyone is leaving with a smile plastered across their face. This is Naysayer & Gilsun. It's not clean, but it sure as shit is fun.