The Independent Project, a four-piece Adelaide band, who previously brought us ‘The Disney Project’ and, in 2014, ‘The 90s Project’, returned this year with ‘The Noughties Project’ covering the hit songs from the 2000s. Moving into a more modern decade, they had us reminiscing of a simpler time when Marissa from The OC was considered the ultimate babe, Facebook wasn't even ‘a thing’ yet and hashtags were only used for their original purpose as a prefix in front of a number. Am I making you feel old yet?
Opening their 90 minute show with a rock rendition of Eminem’s ‘Lose Yourself’ and finishing with a Coldplay medley as an encore, they had the crowd laughing, dancing and getting noughtie throughout their entire set. In between songs these boys charmed the crowd with witty banter and, although it was hot and sweaty at The Ed Castle, all thoughts to escape the confined space for cool air outside were forgotten as they entertained us with their rockin’ tunes and had a few ladies swooning as they strutted around on stage (albeit goofily).
There is no denying that these boys are talented musicians. With a brilliant drummer and super cool bassist, a lead guitarist also dabbling on the keyboard and lead singer/rapper, Max Garcia-Underwood, showing off his skills on a six string as well, these four instrumentalists seamlessly covered and tweaked well-known noughties favourites and brought them into the present day in a brilliant way. They offered us a fresh new-take on Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Britney and Red Hot Chilli Peppers classics and their mash-up of Avril Lavigne’s ‘Sk8er Boi’ and Blink-182’s ‘All The Small Things’ was all kinds of wonderful.
The Independent Project performed three shows at this year’s Fringe Festival and, with a sell-out show on their closing night, we can only hope that they will be returning to The Adelaide Fringe Festival in 2016 with another new and exciting project.