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The Internet's Melbourne show oozed with an infectious funk and soul that left fans wanting more

Melbourne was a sauna over the weekend, but The Internet's performance at Zoo Twilights was a cool relief washing over the city.

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Tasha Strachan

There was a break in the clouds and the threat of rain, but it held off as they took to the stage, greeted by a roar to rival the nearby lion enclosure. A few moments passed before vocalist Syd slunk out of the smoke and up to the microphone, as if magically materialising from the centre of the stage. ‘Come Together’ washed out into the sunset. There was a brief greeting before the funk of ‘Roll (Burbank Funk)’ truly got things going, the sea of bodies grooving to what was the first new single from the band in three years.

Crowd favourite ‘Dontcha’ was received with excited energy proving the track still stands up as one of their best. The band and the crowd vibed off one another organically and slipped into a singalong for ‘Under Control’. Before continuing the set, guitarist Steve Lacy and Syd took a moment to admire the setting, commenting awfully, “we’re in a zoo”. It was indeed a somewhat perfect setting for their blend of charismatic funk and soul, the stage framed by trees dotted with fairy lights. The band at times seemed genuinely touched by the love emitting from the lawn in front of them, particularly in the moments when the adoring crowd were singing more loudly than the group themselves. There was a new element to their live show which quickly became evident, a sort of playfulness that had been hinted at before, but was now fully flourishing.

‘Gabby’ ebbed into ‘La Di Da’, with the cheeky guitar groove of the latter making it one of the set highlights. ‘Hold On’ swayed, ethereal and dream-like, followed by ‘Come Over’, from Hive Mind. The crowd caught the rhythm and the lyrics immediately, halting only to stand in awe of Lacy’s mesmerising guitar solo. There was a break in the set, during which Syd took a survey of the couples in the crowd. Eventually, she settled on a pair up the front to dedicate ‘Stay the Night’ to, a sweet serenade, quickly offset by the deep haze of ‘Special Affair’.

 
 
 
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thank you Melbs! one of the best crowds we’ve ever had.

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Seasoned Internet fans were well equipped for the crowd participation portion of the set, yelling “you fucked up” throughout ‘Just Sayin/I Tried’ – a righteously angry song about ex-girlfriends (“or boyfriends” as Syd quipped). The song was sweaty and impassioned, although Syd followed up with a disclaimer, saying she's come a long way from when she wrote it. She then used the moment to introduce the newer ‘It Gets Better (With Time)’, a song about her experience with depression.

It was perhaps, the most tender moment of the set; beautifully emotional and sincere. The crowd sang the words back to the band even after the song had ended, chanting “I just hope you know that, that it gets, it gets better with time”. A sense of unity lulled over everyone, and for a moment after, the band appeared touched. The set then slunk into ‘Wanna Be’, a song asking if the subject wants to be more than friends. At one point in the song, Syd said “turns out she was already my girl”, which was met by a cheering whoop from the crowd. They moved into the lo-fi and soul filled ‘Girl’ next, playing against the dreamy backdrop of a starlit galaxy, gently nearing the end of their show. Following the duet between Syd and Lacy on ‘Palace/Curse’, The Internet finished on the frankly raucous note of ‘Get Away’.

The Internet have always been an absolute delight to behold live, but tonight felt different; special. Perhaps it was the setting, or the crowd, or the way new and old tracks blended together so beautifully. Most likely it was an amalgamation of all those things alongside something else exquisite and entirely intangible in the atmosphere. Whatever it was, it stayed with the crowd, even as the rain finally started to fall and everyone fled the Zoo and into the night.

Highlight: The candid interactions between the band and the crowd.

Lowlight: Only the fact that it had to end.

Crowd favourite: 'La Di Da', 'Come Over' and 'Just Sayin/I Tried' all went off – wildly and equally.