REVIEW + PICS: Boys Noize | Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

Written By Alistair Rhodes on 01/09/2016

Boys Noize always knows how to keep himself busy and his Australian tour is no different having seven shows booked over 10 days with the possibility of club gigs squeezed into that tight schedule. The Oxford Art Factory was lucky enough to be able to book Boys Noize in for an exclusive club show with the help of support acts Stephane1993 and Jensen Interceptor.

With a large crowd congregating at the entrance before doors opened at eleven pm with the hope of snapping up the final few tickets and some problems encountered at the door the night finally kicked off with Jensen Interceptor.

Jensen Interceptor has built his own brand of dark, psychedelic and menacing techno that has gained respect from some of the biggest techno produces in the world such as Gesaffelstein and Brodinski resulting in Boys Noize signing him to Boys Noize Records.

His midnight set saw the Oxford Art Factory at 90 percent capacity with room on the dance floor becoming hard to come by. In a Gesaffelstein like way all Jensen had to do to amp the crowd up was wave one hand in an upward motion signalling to the crowd to lift and lift they did! The crowd was really starting to feel the climaxing tech beats and as soon as you thought you knew what to expect next, Jensen turned it all on its head and dropped A$AP MOB's Hella Hoes, breaking into 10 minutes of filthy trap. Jensen managed to do this a couple times throughout his set which gained great acclaim from the crowd.

Now it was time for the man that everyone had been waiting for to step out on stage. The crowd was made up of those who had either seen his amazing set at Field Day and wanted a second dose or those that had missed out on seeing him on New Years Day, relishing this opportunity to see what everyone was raving about after Field Day.

Boys Noize stepped out on stage, plugged in his USB and the ballistic crowd lost their minds. He teased them with a snippet of Ich R U before moving off into an hour of tech house bordering on deep house. The first hour of his two hour set was exactly what you’d expect - long build ups, and slow transitions with the odd drop of heavy bass. Once those drops came the crowd went wild, as it was exactly what they wanted to hear. It seemed like the first hour was building into what was going to be a second hour that would match his Field Day performance but sadly this wasn’t the case. At Field Day he played hard hitting electro house and techno that never took a backward step throughout the entire performance with every track and transition just building and building, getting heavier and heavier and louder and louder.

Boys Noize did seem to ramp things up a notch in the second hour but nowhere near enough and not to the expectations of the crowd. The crowd was constantly begging for more after he’d quickly drop those famous hard hitting beats he’s known to play at festivals. Throughout the crowd you could constantly hear more conversations being had than bass music blaring through the speakers.

This was Boys Noize’s second show of the night following his earlier performance on The Island and it was a late night club show. As we all know these club shows can become more of a personal set for the DJ and it seems like this is exactly what Boys Noize did, but in doing so a lot of punters left very disappointed, me included.

All photos by Ben Cvoro