Live Reviews

Live Review: Miley Cyrus @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Artist: Miley Cyrus Location: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall Date: 15/10/14 Reviewer: Hades I was minding my own business a few weeks ago, and my moment of solitude was interrupted by an opportunity to see Miley Cyrus live. As an avid rock fan, I was initially resistant to the idea, but for my own journalistic benefit, I figured that expanding my live experiences was a good idea, and so I made my way up a crowded motorway to Boondall Entertainment Centre to see the once child star, now rebranded pop idol Miley Cyrus. I had only heard her singles in the clubs and on the radio, but never owned a track myself. As I got to my seat, I was intrigued by the massive balloons floating around and the apparent lack of Dad’s chaperoning their daughters to this concert. Just three minutes later, Miley Cyrus’ dancers jumped up and moved around stage in bright animal costumes, while a massive screen behind them revealed a massive Miley headshot, from which Miley slid out from, on a tongue slide. Yes, a tongue slide. I knew I was in for something else by that stage, and it wasn’t even 3 minutes into her set. I sure wasn’t Miley Cyrus’ number 1 music fan, which I cannot love as much as everyone else in Boondall did, but the concert did change my opinion of Miley Cyrus as a performer and musician. She worked her ass off on stage, both figuratively and literally. From costume changes that didn’t seem disjointed or tacky, to having unique props for each song, Miley Cyrus created a world within...

Live Review: Promises, Staunch, Bitter Lungs & Knuckle Children

Live Review: Promises, Staunch, Bitter Lungs and Knuckle Children Locations: The New Tattersals Hotel, Lismore, NSW Reviewer: Bunt Cluster I was excited for the entire week leading into this show. Trying to pump up my friends that I was dragging along to it. It had easily been two and half years since I had last seen Promises and back then they still had their original line up. Quite simply they still hold the title of Gold Coast’s best hardcore band. Knuckle Children opened the show, as local supports always do. These guys really set the standard for the rest of the bands however. They played an absolute ripper of a set that was really enjoyable to watch and sing along to. However they were plagued with technical difficulties from their guitar. Now this goes out to all guitarists – you don’t need a 20ft lead. Want to know what’s more important than having a massive lead so you can run around the stage of that tiny venue where at most you are going to use 5ft of your lead? It’s having a reliable lead. Go out and buy (or if you’re like me make) yourself a good quality lead that is reliable. In the end all leads die, but the longevity will be greater if you have a good quality lead and roll it properly after every gig. Apart from this, the guitarist played well. I mean, when he wasn’t cutting in and out. Humorous as ever, even offering to sell his Telecaster for $20 or two beers because of his lead. However, due to the fact that they...

Live Review – Periphery, The Contortionist, Intervals @ Zydeco

Bands: Periphery, The Contortionist, Intervals, and Toothgrinder Location: Birmingham, Alabama, USA @ Zydeco Reviewer: CripsyChicken I’m a huge fan of Periphery, even going so far as to name them as my favorite band of all time. Even though I don’t regularly listen to their music anymore, I routinely attend every show of theirs I can get out to, regardless of the lineup. So when the Escape From The Studio Tour was announced, featuring The Contortionist and Intervals as well as newcomers Toothgrinder, it was just icing on the cake – my attendance was guaranteed, and I know a lot of others feel the same way. Still, if you’re on the fence about the talent of any of these bands, please allow me to swing you. The first band to take the stage was Toothgrinder, who I had the opportunity to interview after the show for my local radio station. They’re an interesting mix of hardcore and more progressive elements, taking influence from bands like Faith No More and Glassjaw. They had to restrict their usual onstage antics because the promoter gets scared when bands get active (thanks, Asking Alexandria. You ruined my eardrums AND my local venue.), but they still came across as lively and very much into what they were doing. They played their entire upcoming EP as well as part of an older, jazz influenced song. These guys were far from the highlight of the night, but they should remain on your radar, especially given that they just signed to Spinefarm Records. Speaking of highlights of the night, my personal favorite set was from Intervals. One of...

Live Review: Forever Came Calling @ The Brightside

Live Review: Forever Came Calling Australian Tour 2014 Bands: Forever Came Calling, Trophy Eyes, The Drive Home and Arrivals It is Thursday. We are working. The weather is average at best and we are hours away from anywhere that may come close to being called significant by anybody. But today, unlike most days, we have a goal: to get the hell out of here as soon as we can. There are 5 of us, all excited to be getting out of town for differing reasons. Erised has started work at 5am and i already feel sorry for him knowing he wont be back in his bed until around 3am tomorrow morning, only to do it all again the next day. There are 2 boys who i think arent doing too much all day, and a fellow workmate from our mother country Russia. No that’s not right. He has a shit accent anyway and is definitely not a bear on a unicycle. And myself. I am in for a weekend and i am making these fuckers (employees, whatever) work their asses off to get me out of here. My plan: finish work, get home, change clothes (no shower), pack energy drinks and nibbles, go pick everyone up, leave for a gig in brisbane 3 1/2 hours away, drive home, drop everyone off, wake up, pack again, back to brisbane for another gig, drive home; Hectic. I’m psyched. After listening to a ton of shit-talking and having a last ditch 45 min run of Faith No More trying its hardest to drown out the aforementioned waste of voice boxes, we are...

Live Review: Dropbears, Finders, Adora Heights & Sanctions

Live Review: Dropbears, Finders, Adora Heights and Sanctions @ Amplifier Bar, Perth, Western Australia – 20/08/2014 Reviewer: Thall I arrived early. I left late. In reflection – this was a good sign. There was experience, there was newcomers, there was fortune and… misfortune. It truly shows the unique vastness of the isolated Perth scene. No competition from rival cities, no other bands from ‘nearby’ states to compare to… it is just a melting pot of a diverse songwriters. With the pulsating chugs that vibrated the timber floors from Sanctions, the attempted 2008 revival from Adora Heights, the tight & flowing Finders and the ever-so-charismatic & captivating send-off from Dropbears – I can’t believe I just said that in one terribly long sentence. 100% local and this show still had it all. Sanctions Sanctions started the night just ripe of 20:00. Their first song ‘Bottom Line’ was a perfect opener with a wide percussive showcase with open droning chords and fantastic choreography from the band. You honestly would not think it was their first show. I would best describe their music as Hellions and Northlane having drunk, unprotected and regretful sex and producing quintuplets that ended up all getting a scholarship at a Private School and now heading into an Ivy League college for successful life careers as long as they don’t get on the piss and fuck it all up. After ‘Bottom Line’ front-man Callum ‘Gobby’ McGivern’s non-existent live experience killed the mood straight up after their first song however by mentioning personal issues involving the song. If you are going to perhaps play this song, maybe place it...

Live Review: Scale the Summit/Glass Cloud

Live Review: Scale the Summit and Glass Cloud w/Erra and Monuments Location: Center Stage, ATL Reviewer: CrispyChicken Sometimes lineups are just perfect. When you see them, you know you’re in. That’s what it’s like for this show – each band compliments each other so nicely that you can’t help but be drawn in. And it helps that I had only seen one band on the lineup before (Glass Cloud worms their way onto basically every tour nowadays). I went with a large group of friends, including my friend since childhood and site reviewer HaytonLloyd23, and our experience was nothing short of marvelous. Monuments started off the proceedings with some crazy grooves. It was a little hard to decipher the leads at the beginning of the set, but it hardly mattered – the groove was so on point it was barely noticeable. Chris Barretto (Ever Forthright, ex-Periphery) is an amazing vocalist, and his trademark ego shined through. He was wearing his own bands t-shirt, and drank in every second of the crowd’s admiration (of which there was plenty). This would make a lesser frontman seem pompous and obnoxious, but Chris had the charisma and chops to sustain his ego. Humbleness doesn’t suit a larger-then-life band like Monuments, and they were appropriately confident despite this being their first-ever US tour. Up next was Erra, who are one of my favorite modern metalcore bands – they have the technical skill and the hooks to make it work. They were dealing with the loss of some members, and had to play over a backing bass track. New vocalist Ian wasn’t as immediately likable...

Live Review: A Night In Texas, I Exalt, The Stratagem, Daemon Pyre, 4 Dead In 5 Seconds, King Hit The Queen & Promethean

Live Review: A Night In Texas, I Exalt, The Stratagem, Daemon Pyre, 4 Dead In 5 Seconds, King Hit The Queen and Promethean @ The Cedar Centre, Toowoomba 9/8/14 Reviewer: Erised It was a cold, dreary morning in Stanthorpe town. The sky was writ large with intent to rain on my parade, and so it was with a great deal of joy that I said a giant “fuck you” to my steaming shit-pile of a home town (sidebar: how pop-punk am I?) and set off with a group of my closest friends to sunny Toowoomba. Actually…I wouldn’t say they were my closest friends, more a ragtag, motley crew of miscellaneous shitcunts who I happen to associate with on a semi-regular basis (read: when it benefits me). So anyway, the point is, I’m a terrible human being and I went to Toowoomba for this gig. Man, I really should listen when my mum says “Erised, you really ought to finish your paragraphs a sentence earlier”. Oh well, eff her, what’s she ever done besides give birth to me and have sex with all my friends. But I digress… So anywho, I arrived at the scene and got talking to Kieran Pittar, promoter and frontman of My Friend The Betrayer who was in charge of the gig. He was in a spot of bother, because you see, the management of the Cedar Centre had told him that the venue had in-house sound equipment/P.A which actually turned out to be a fucking lectern mic and not much else. Clearly this wouldn’t do, so Kez had to do a mad dash to Nobby...

Live Review: Umphrey’s McGee @ The Stone Pony Summer Stage on August 10th, 2014

Live Review: Umphrey’s McGee at The Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA on August 10th, 2014 Reviewer: The Astr0naut Off to another show I went, as I knew I had no idea where I was going and that the night was going to take a ton of really weird turns. Upon reaching the general area of the venue, I kind of realized that driving wasn’t possible because those who live in New Jersey know that as soon as something happens by the beach, everyone pops out of the woodworks and clogs up life as we know it. This was both my first time seeing Umphrey’s as well as being at the Summer Stage of the Stone Pony. The way the Pony works is that it’s an average size venue by the cold months and a massive festival size stage on the beach by warm months. Umphrey’s is also known for their psychedelic music, groovy jams, and their out of this world light show, so needless to say, everyone was really high and/or tripping balls on the beach for the night. That wasn’t even the best part! There were a ton of people just out there having the times of their lives, dancing, smoking, hanging out, and just enjoying the atmosphere. At the end of the day, that is exactly what a concert is supposed to be. There was no drama, no fights, no name calling, because the entire crowd just comes together as one at a show like this. Seeing Umphrey’s is comparable by many psychedelic and jamband music lovers to seeing bands like Phish...

A Warped Experience: A Warped Tour Retrospective and 2014 Review

Warped Tour has had a crazy amount of longevity. Founded in 1995, the tour has played host to huge bands like Blink 182 and Paramore, but mainly to a large amount of much smaller ones. It’s also become a den of commercial exploitation – companies like Trojan, Peace Tea, Monster, and even Wizards of the Coast flock to have a presence on Warped, giving out free swag (screw you, this is the correct use of the term) to anyone who will take it to build their exposure. It’s all well and good, but it definitely impacts the purity of the event. It no longer seems like goodwill to unite all of a teenager’s favorite bands in the alternative/punk/emo/whatever scene, but more of an opportunity to grab their money at any point. Which is why I present a new hypothesis of mine: past a certain age, no one actually WANTS to go to Warped Tour solely because of the fact that it’s Warped Tour. In the past, I was excited for the event itself, viewing all of the amazing bands that came with it as simply a bonus. Even if there was only one band I truly wanted to see, it would be worth it just for the experience. Now that I’m 19 years old, I have to really step back and see if there are enough bands I really wanna see to even get me out there. To Warped’s credit, despite the FLOOD of terrible bands that seem to increase year after year, there’s always just enough to get me to get out and have a good time despite...