Client Liaison and Northeast Party House; try and find a better party pair

Winding up a long day of tennis spectating and soaring temperatures, Australian Open punters were treated to an incredible show as the sun begun to set. 

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Dan Soderstrom

With fellow Melburnians Northeast Party House in tow, Client Liaison shook up the Melbourne crowd. Fresh off the touring route for debut album A Foreign Affair, Client Liaison were still able to attract a huge crowd.
Supports Northeast Party House kicked things off with ‘Any Given Weekend’ off their debut album. Forcing the crowd up on their feet straight off the bat (or should I say racket?), the Melbourne six-piece barreled through an hour set of their best dance tracks including, ‘Calypso Beach’, ‘For You’ and ‘Heartbreaker’.
After this impressive warm-up, a rowdy crowd welcomed Client Liaison to the stage. They opened with ‘End of the Earth’ off their self-titled 2014 debut EP, easing punters into the hour-long live show. Just over a year since the release of their debut album, Diplomatic Immunity, the band shows no signs of slowing down. Their set list and showmanship has been crafted and perfected to the point where Monte, the lead singer, underwent three entire outfit changes mid-show. The costuming and set design encapsulated Client Liaison’s ‘80s/early ‘90s aesthetic, and the retro vibe of their matching pastel-coloured business suits was echoed in the dancers’ costumes. The set resembled a government office, paying homage to the theme of Diplomatic Immunity. Harvey’s keyboard and drum pads were positioned behind the main desk to look as though he was typing away at a computer.
Credit must be paid to the band as well, as they managed to nail every song and cue while partaking in complex choreography. Although the usual bassist in Client Liaison’s live shows, Tom Tilley, was greatly missed, his replacement delivered no disappointments. As the band launched into ‘A Foreign Affair’, a track recorded in collaboration with Australian legend Tina Arena, crowds were reminded of another absent stage member. We’ll have to hold out for another chance to see Tina Arena crash the stage with Client Liaison.
Finishing off with a bang, Client Liaison reemerged onstage after the crowd begged for an encore. ‘Queen’ and ‘World of our Love’ led into the final song, ‘Off White Limousine’. In the last song, familiar to almost everyone in the crowd, Monte’s simple lyrics made it easy for an audience singalong to ignite.
Highlight: Client Liaison’s dancers owning the stage.
Lowlight: A guy in the crowd nearly burning me with a cigarette while he was non-stop dancing.
Crowd Favourite: ‘Off White Limousine’.