For those who’ve never witnessed the hang drum - it resembles something between a flying saucer, a steel pan drum and a BBQ lid. The sound however, is quite sublime. Bringing their unique instruments, sounds and vibes - last Saturday Hang Massive beamed down to Sydney.
Debuting our fair city at none other than The Basement - Sydney’s oldest and most hallowed music venue - takes making an entrance to new heights. Settling down into the velvety underbelly of the city whilst sipping gin, the vibe was sultry and charged. I love this venue - with its rich history and character you’re transported to another time and space...an era of debauched decadence.
The myriad of human beings nibbling yummy looking food; sat curled up around the stage and propped against walls, bars and stools emphasized just how wide a reach this band have garnered. After the viral success of ‘Once Again’ Hang Massive shot from relatively unknown to world touring. The power of social media’s reach embodied in their humungous and diverse following.
Supported by the tenacious yet delicate mistress of piano - Sophie Hutchings - the show kicked off in a spellbinding kinda' way. With her own unique brand of piano meets electronica - and after a brief reprimanding of the nattering crowd - she had the room enraptured. Haunting, moving and ethereal she was the perfect intro to the most peaceful gig I’ve ever experienced.
Playing a collection of past material and fresh sounds from their new album - Distant Light - there was also the introduction of some Thai engineered hang drums. These added a new dimension to their sound. The crowd was transfixed from start to finish, with some people even entering a state of meditation. Pumping next level zen into the atmosphere like a chi-bomb - their music could be likened to an aurally administered valium dose. Real nice!
Like a secret language or maybe hang induced telepathy - Danny Cudd and Marcus Offbeat were in constant silent communication. Their obvious love for one and other and connection to the music was a wonder to observe. Each time their eyes met a smile would wrinkle, in turn wrinkling subconscious smiles onto the faces of everyone watching. Contagious euphonic joy. What a gift.
Half way through the set the boys graciously offered the stage to hang drum pixie woman - Victoria Grebezs. With her beautiful energy, drum skills and meaningful whilst unfaltering vocals she added a totally fresh spirit to the evening. Featuring on the new album she contributes bass guitar, vocals, cello, violin AND viola. This lady packs a serious skill set and quite rightly won the hearts of the entire crowd.
Closing the show with the track which shot them to fame - Just Once - Danny left everyone with one final and timely message - It’s all about unity, love and connectivity. Stop with the separation, segregation and media induced hate - we are all as one. One human race. The threesome then offered themselves up for photo’s and chats - a post hang hang-out. What lovely humans. Champions of tranquility. Chakra cleansers. Lucid dream weavers...whatever you like..if you ask me they were quite simply, magic.
Photography - Jackie Casimir
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