Review by Brett Pike
Professionalism is about being arriving precisely when you mean to, with everything you need. Especially rocking to right venue, that would make all the difference. Not rocking up to the Crown & Anchor, wondering where the fuck everyone is, realizing you're on the other side of town, and consequently running the length of Grenfell/Currie St in fashionable not functional skinny jeans and second hand Vans.
All was not lost! I arrived to the Ed Castle right on time, greeted by a beaming old friend in bassist Laurence May and lead singer Max Garcia-Underwood who were set to take us back through the years of awkward teenage love and TV shows about Orange County all in one night. It was The Independent Project presents, The Noughties Project.
Usually beset for encores and bands without enough original material in the repertoire, covers are a great way with connecting old songs and new faces.
And kicking things off, fifteen year old Brett was overjoyed to hear the piano, THAT piano intro we all once loved (and some of us still to this day). Setting the scene on the keys, Jack Lonsdale brought us to the early 00s with the intro to Eminem's Lose Yourself before Max Garcia-Underwood took control of the mic.
On stage banter aplenty, The Noughties Project had plenty of the crowd on their feet dancing up a storm to throwback jams such as RHCP's By The Way, The White Stripes Seven Nation Army, a complete overlapping mashup of Blink-182 and Avril Lavinge's All The Small Things / Sk8er Boi and including one of the greatest jams Ms. Jackson by Outkast complete with Max as Andre 3000, Laurence as Big Boi and oooohs! provided by Chris Neale on drums.
Not complete with international covers, The Independent Project showed their versatility with renditions of The Nosebleed Section and Baby, I've Got You On My Mind (by Hilltop Hoods and Powderfinger respectively) before closing the night out with a triple-tiered Coldplay cake of Yellow into Clocks into Fix You where the layered vocals of Garcia-Underwood, May and Lonsdale synced elegantly in the closing chorus.
By the time 11pm had rolled around, the boys were finished and closing up shop before a rambunctious crowd demanded just one song, perhaps not the greatest and best song in the world, but a great Tribute nonetheless.
Word spreads quickly when you put on a great show and it was a delight to see the third and final show of The Noughties Projects, held last Saturday night, had sold out! Keep in touch with the lads of The Independent Project over on their Facebook for all future news.