Concert Review: Housse De Racket at City Beach Hotel

Housse De Racket were recently in Australia playing shows in Melbourne and Sydney. My brother and I managed to catch their performance in Sydney, which was also their last show of the year. Singing tunes in both French and English, Housse De Racket is a band you should keep on your radar in the future. Check out my review of their live show.

Housse De Racket.


Yep, I’d never heard of them either, until recently when my brother came back from London after spending two years in the city and started introducing me to all this new music that I most likely would have overlooked before.

The music created by Pierre Leroux and Victor Le Masne, aka Parisian duo Housse de Racket, is a fusion of complex harmonies, futuristic chaos and timeless pop anthems which in a strange sense results in the creation of an electro-psychadelic experience that will leave you dancing and singing along for hours (even if you don’t really understand what they’re singing about from their French accents).

Hailing from Paris, France, Housse De Racket were in Australia last month, for “Melbourne Music Week”, and the boys decided, at the last minute, to add a Sydney show to their tour, making it their last live show of the year, at Bondi’s City Beach Hotel. Weren’t we lucky? 🙂

The answer to that is definitely. As someone who was introduced to their music a couple of weeks before the show, I was surprised to find out how good they were live! Wow.

Every song they played – though let’s be honest, I didn’t know very many – made me want to dance! And it seemed, I wasn’t the only one! A lot of girls and guys in the audience were dancing up a storm to the songs during their set. As it was a free gig with not much promo around it, it wasn’t a packed crowd and their set was a little short but it was definitely a gig that I will call one of the best I’ve attended in 2012 – and if you know me, I’ve been to a lot of concerts this year!

Sometimes the intimacy of a smaller venue just makes the experience of a live performance so much better, and that was definitely the case with the last-minute decision to attend this mid-week free gig. Glad we decided to do it.

Check out my front row footage of Housse De Racket performing my favourite track of theirs, Roman.

Housse De Racket – Roman from the5to9life on Vimeo.

Oh, and just to top it all off, my brother and I met the duo before the show and my brother was lucky enough to have a couple drinks with them at the bar! 🙂