This Sun­day, travel back in time to when Crazy Frog topped the charts, Shakira’s hips didn’t lie and Sneaky Sound Sys­tem saw a UFO

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY - SALLY COATES

No­body quite em­bod­ies the mid noughties in Aus­tralia quite like Sneaky Sound Sys­tem ... right about now you’re start­ing to hum, “I saw a UFO and no­body be­lieved me ...”

Re­live those glory days on Sun­day as the Min­istry of Sound Re­union Tour takes you back to 2005-08, head­lined by Sneaky duo An­gus McDon­ald and Con­nie Mitchell.

“For us those years were pure and ut­ter chaos to be hon­est; it was men­tal,” An­gus says. “We were tour­ing in­ces­santly, here and abroad, and in the stu­dio writ­ing on the run, do­ing so much ra­dio and TV. It was a bit of a blur and dare I say slightly he­do­nis­tic. There was a fair bit of party ac­tion, but we made a con­scious ef­fort to take note of what was go­ing on.”

Although the cou­ple are hap­pily shacked up with a new baby in tow, if there’s any­where that can get them in the mood to party, An­gus says it’s the Gold Coast.

“I’ve got many sto­ries from the GC – I don’t know if you can print any,” he laughs.

“The GC holds a spe­cial place in our heart be­cause, other than Syd­ney, it was the very first place we started play­ing. We played at Ber­lin Lounge for many years be­fore it closed down and I gotta tell you, peo­ple on the GC know how to party, they’d have to be No. 1 in the coun­try.

“It’s re­ally true, I don’t know what it is, it’s just a re­ally good young party crew.

“Maybe it’s the coastal thing be­cause it’s the same world­wide ... it’s got the same feel­ing as Mi­ami, Ibiza, Mykonos.”

Their set and the en­tire evening will be strictly limited to that era, which was more iconic than peo­ple may re­alise. It was the ma­jor leadup into com­mer­cial dance mu­sic. An­gus re­mem­bers it wasn’t overly easy to break through, but when they did the scene changed for­ever.

“We had a lot of prob­lems hav­ing ma­jor record la­bels re­leas­ing our stuff as they thought it was too niche. But there were other artists at the same time – Pre­sets, Cut Copy, Fedde le Grand – and you felt like there was this other thing hap­pen­ing, the tides were turn­ing.

“So when it hap­pened it wasn’t a sur­prise – the scale was. Ev­ery­one was pumped. It was fresh. But to­day ev­ery track is a dance track.”

Be­ing a throw­back tour, it’s nat­u­ral to com­pare then to now, and while it feels like not much has changed, Sun­day will be proof it has.

“I think we had the lux­ury of be­ing a bit more cre­ative, we didn’t fol­low any rules and we didn’t copy any­thing,” An­gus says.

“We were do­ing some­thing fresh and that was lib­er­at­ing.

“There’s so much pres­sure on artists to copy ... it’s the same old s--t over and over again. There’s still lots of amaz­ing ex­cit­ing mu­sic but it is harder to be orig­i­nal.”

Also on the bill is Bang Gang Djs, Good­will, John Course, Kid Kenobi, Mark Dy­namix, Riot In Bel­gium, Stafford Broth­ers, Tonite Only and Van She Tech.

Min­istry of Sound Re­union Tour, NightQuar­ter, Sun­day, Oztix

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