Concert Review: @Peace, San Francisco Bath House

By Felicity Perry

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@Peace. Photo / Shaun Jones
@Peace. Photo / Shaun Jones

"Make some noise for your motherf**king life right now," Tom Scott urged the charged crowd. This was hip hop as it's meant to be - music that scoops you up off your feet, charges your mind, and makes you glad to be alive.

@Peace kicked off their set with Home from their self-titled debut - although the group hail from Auckland, it felt like they were home at the Bath House on Friday.

Having given Wellington an intimate taster of the @Peace experience a couple of weeks before, there was much anticipation around this show. And it was deserved.

Against a body-moving soundscape created by El Truento on beats, B-Haru on keys and drums, and Dick Dastardly on beats and sax, Tom Scott and Lui Tuiasau had the audience eating their words up like a late-night kebab.

It was clear that Scott and Tuiasau wanted to be there, and they had shit to say. No rhymes about bitches or gun-running here, just realistic portrayals of the life of two 'Nobodies' who "stand in the WINZ line".

Getting the crowd to chant "f**k John Key" in their stand-out track Be Like, @Peace reminded us that, at its roots, hip hop - like reggae, blues and funk - is party music underlined by the daily struggles of the underclass.

Those looking for some 'real' New Zealand hip hop found it on Friday, piece by peace.

Who: @Peace
Where: San Francisco Bath House, Wellington
When: Friday, September 9

- Volume

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