SHAWN MENDES PERFORMS "MYSTERIOUS SKIN" ON THE VOICE AUSTRALIA
After taking a couple of days off, Shawn Mendes has reignited his Australian promotional tour with one of hist most anticipated performances since the ignition of his new era. His current single "Mysterious Skin" is one of the most successful of his career, taking him back towards the top of the charts. In addition, it's gotten the best response of any song he's released in his career. The song presents a reinvention of sound and image for the 20-year old, moving from his more pop oriented sounds of his debut to a harder edged rock sound. On a thematic level, the song opens Shawn up personally to his audience, in his words "breaking down the barrier". The song's intense personal sentiments have led to some extremely personal oriented presentations of the song and that rang true for his hyped X Factor Australia performance!
The performance opens with all of the lights in the venue going dark. The main screen comes to life showing a mirrored black and white image of Shawn sitting and staring at the camera. 5 individual LED screens that look like mirrors, not yet turned on, lower down to stage level. This is where the song's introduction begins from a tape (seeing as it's a sound effect/orchestral introduction). At this moment, Shawn appears in front of the center independent LED screen. The two Shawn's on the screen are looking down at the Shawn on stage like they're watching over him. Shawn stands frozen in front of the mic stand with his guitar on his back as the intro continues. As the dumber taps into the song's proper musical intro, the small screens turn on one by one. They display static at the start. Shawn has at this point has brought his guitar up and is strumming the ominous guitar riff. When he starts singing, we hear that an effect has been added to the mic that makes his voice echo throughout the room. Slowly each of the small screens transitions to showing a different incarnation of Shawn throughout his first era (one from his first TV appearance, one from one of The Resistance films, one from his Glastonbury set, one from his tour, and one from his album photoshoot). They also appear to be watching Shawn. Shawn is unaware of them at this point and just continues singing.
Once the pre-chorus starts, fog begins rolling in on the stage floor, adding to the mood. Shawn begins building toward the chorus. As he does, the two Shawn's on the main screen stand up and the Shawn's on the small screen move closer to. When the chorus comes crashing in, the lights go bright. Shawn is now playing with a ferocious intensity. It sounds absolutely incredible! He's nailing the riff and it's power can really be felt resonating with each strum. His voice is the same. He hits each note perfectly and with the echo effect, it makes each word ring that much more powerful. The two Shawn's on the main screen and all of the Shawn's on the smaller screens are shown beating on the "glass" on the other side of the visual, demanding to try and bust out and overtake the real Shawn on stage, to revive that false persona he'd created (as he's frequently talked about). The real Shawn is shown taking quick glances at the Shawn's on the smaller screens but he quickly looks away from them.
When the verses return, Shawn puts his guitar down to his side and removes the mic from the stand. His rhythm guitar player Matthew (unseen on stage with the rest of the band) takes on the less complicated guitar part for the verses. Shawn goes to the screen on the farthest left. He looks in this "mirror" and sees the incarnation of himself from his first TV appearance. As he sings, he raises his hand up and the "mirror image" does the same thing. Shawn then is shown swinging a punch toward the screen like he's punching that reflection. When he does, that screen goes to static and one of the two Shawn's on the main screen recoils like he was the one who took the hit. A bruise appears on that Shawn's lip. Shawn heads back to the mic stand and repositions the mic there and brings his guitar back up.
As with the first chorus, Shawn gives a lot of powerful bust masterful vocals and his playing is similarly gorgeous. The various Shawn's on the screens continue to beat on the "glass" to get out and once more overtake the real Shawn but Shawn refuses to acknowledge them right now. Before the bridge arrives, Shawn and the band go into the instrumental pre-birdge which features the string interlude (played via tape). Shawn leaves the mic stand with the guitar at his side. During this instrumental bridge, Shawn goes to each individual small screen and makes contact with them but then appears to either punch or kick, sending that smaller "mirror screen" to static. With each punch and kick, one of the two Shawn's on the main screen appears to take the hit. By the time he's at the last screen, they're both bleeding and bruised. The smaller screens begin to raise back up as Shawn and the band go into the main bridge. At the same time, a clear cube structure (with no bottom) begins to lower down and once it reaches the stage floor, traps Shawn inside of it. On the clear walls, the two Shawn's on the main screen are now projected onto these walls as well like they've trapped him.
The final chorus comes in as Shawn plays and singers with power than ever. These other Shawn's appear to continue attempt to get to him, but the real Shawn seems untouchable. When his vocals end, the band continues playing and Shawn removes his guitar. Matthew once more takes on the main guitar part. In an extended outro, the real Shawn beats on the walls of this cube structure. He can't get out. These "persona Shawn's" seem to be winning. However Shawn picks up his guitar and appears to swing it at one of the walls and all at once all of the screens appear to shatter like glass, the images of the other Shawn's disappearing, the lights all shutting out, and the music ceases. A few seconds later, a single spotlight shines on the real Shawn standing, unscathed but the winner, at the side of the stage, ending the performance.
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