LIVE REVIEW: Baro @ Melbourne Music Week


Baro, Nasty Mars, Big Words – St Paul’s Cathedral Carpark, 22/11/2017.
Words by Ben Madden.

Melbourne Music Week saw the carpark of the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral transformed into a bustling music hub, with nightly shows featuring some of Melbourne’s best talent. Wednesday night’s show saw Melbourne’s future hip-hop/soul stars on display, with a bill to make your mouth water, and it didn’t fail to deliver.

Big Words may just be one of Melbourne’s best kept secrets. Sporting an impressive live set-up, led by vocalist duo William Scullin and Kieren Lee, the band got the whole crowd moving, and were the biggest surprise of the night for many (this writer included). Expect to hear a lot more from them in the future, because their live show is at a standard that far exceeds their current reputation. There seems to be a lot of great funk/soul acts coming out of Melbourne recently, and Big Words may just be the best of the lot.

Nasty Mars is a cult hero in Melbourne, made evident by the crowd’s reaction to every song. His live show weaves between hip-hop and soul effortlessly, and was a great warmup for the headliner, Baro (even making an appearance during Baro’s set). Nasty Mars is definitely one to check out, and see him live if you have the chance.

The first time I saw Baro perform was back in 2014, then a fresh-faced kid with one mixtape (Howgoodisgood) under his belt. Since then, he’s gone through multiple evolutions as an artist, and has emerged out the other side as a more introspective lyricist. Having recently released a video for his single, ‘Pretty’, the crowd was all too happy to sing along to every word. The set largely eschewed his older material, with most of the setlist being comprised of songs off his EP released this year, Just Problems You Need to Know. Finishing with new song ‘Sunblock’, the enthralled crowd walked away satisfied. Melbourne hip-hop is in safe hands, with the new wave leading the charge.