GALLERY: Winston Surfshirt Bring The House Down At The Enmore

Photographer: Paddy Foss

Sydney six-piece Winston Surfshirt graced the stage of the iconic Enmore Theatre last Friday, offering up their delectable blend of soul and hip-hop to a packed house. The hard-working Aussie legends dazzled the crowd with the first date of their ‘Baked Goods’ tour, which will see them hit all the capital cities, plus a few lucky extras.

The evening kicked off with the stylish sounds of Stevan, the young gun from the ‘Gong who has gone from bedroom soul prodigy, to opening for iconic artists in some of the country’s most iconic venues. With tunes like ‘Timee’ in his repertoire, Stevan is always a safe bet for a crackingly good experimental, DIY sound, with unmistakable Frank Ocean and Steve Lacy influences. However, Stevan is clearly his own artist, and the Enmore audience were powerfully struck by his powerful sound. With festival and opening slots under his belt, the only way is up for this young weapon.

With anticipation building, the Enmore audience was treated to the striking sounds of the headlining support act, Milan Ring, who blends the analogue and digital worlds into a unique fusion that had the audience on their feet, grooving and singing at any opportunity. The one-woman powerhouse had the packed house enthralled with her multi-instrumental, multi-talented approach.

The energy was growing, the mood was scaling the heights of Mount Joy. It was time for the headliners to take to the stage. Supple vocals, groovy guitar, and the unmistakable sound of horns are all key elements of the Winston Surfshirt sound, but for everyone in attendance, the band was far greater than the sum of its (objectively outstanding) parts. Fresh off a UK tour, these boys know how to work a crowd, and while their songs speak for themselves, their stage presence is an unmistakably awesome part of the Winston Surfshirt brand.

Classic tunes blended with new ones, in a crescendo of soul fusion that left the sweaty, exhausted, stoked crowd off their feet, and out of their minds. Friday night at the Enmore, with Winston Surfshirt? Now that’s a Friday night to remember.

How good.