With a loud thumping drum sound Post Modern Jukebox began the night with a big bang and continued right to the end! Vocalist Casey Abrams brought the energy and asked “How ya’ll feeling Adelaide?” By the sound of the roar Adelaide was feeling great and ready for a show.
Listening to Post Modern Jukebox is like a time travel in a DeLorean. You feel like you’re in the past but you’re also going to the future. As Abrams described its “pop with a hint of Barbershop.” The first song had Hannah Gill belting out Jet’s Are You Gonna Be My Girl and she owned it like a boss. The Post Modern Jukebox singers are mighty fine and can sing the pop classics with all the sexy and sultriness of jazz to get you hooked on swing.
New member David Simmons Jnr showed a class of smooth cool with his rendition of Somewhere Only We Know asking the audience to snap their fingers in time to the tune. Robin Adele Anderson gave a jazzy version of Iggy Azalea’s Fancy really cementing that PMJ, as they are affectionally known as, can do any musical genre and do it with style.
The five-piece band was hot to trot with Band Leader Adam Kubota on Bass, PJ Floyd on Trombone, Tom Jorgenson on Drums, Jeremy Viner on Saxophone and Clarinet and King of the Keys Reggie Bergon on Piano bringing the beats with lots of fun and energy. Special mention to sound engineer Craig Leach bringing the cool sounds to our ears!
Between the three charismatic singers we heard the jazziest versions of songs like Toto’s Africa, Gnarl Barkley’s Crazy and Meghan Trainor’s All About That Bass just in the first half of the show. The energy from the band was accompanied by the tap-dancing talent of Demi Remick who danced, shimmied and toe tapped most of the night bringing sexy back to tap!
After the interval the show step up a few notches with the energy factor reaching hot hot hot! There were solos from the band confirming that these guys are rich in talent while Remick gave us a dance routine that brought loud approving cheers from the audience. It was a non-stop second half with hits from Rhianna, Guns and Roses, Lana Del Ray, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran and even Outkast impressing us with a slower jazzy version of their Hip Hop tune Hey Ya!
The encore was a burst of excitement with the songs Creep by Radiohead and Haddaway’s What Is Love. They both started off slow then built up to the full explosive jazzy hyped up energy. It really has to be seen. Considering they started out in a basement now travelling the world it speaks volumes how good they are and how much they are loved. It’s not the first time Post Modern Jukebox have toured Adelaide and judging by the audience reception it won’t be the last.
Live Review by Anastasia Lambis