Live Reviews

Live Review: S.O.S Fest 2014

Live review: S.O.S Fest 2014 Bands: 528 Hertz, Midnight Siren, Arrivals, What We’re Worth, Serene, Akuma Valley Location: Stanthorpe Civic Centre Date: 26th July 2014 Reviewer: Erised It was a cold, dreary evening in Stanthorpe town when I alighted upon the Civic Centre of my home turf with the intention of conducting a live review of the evening’s shenanigans. Given that A Night In Texas and Enfield had pulled out of the show with a paltry 3 days notice, you could have been forgiven for thinking the show would tank. Not on your fucking life! Stanthorpe did exactly what it always does. You see, in Brisbane, when 100 people RSVP to an event invite, 20 kids are lucky to show up. This happens time and time again and is frequently bemoaned by promoters, venue owners and band personnel alike. However, in my home town, 50 people RSVP and 100 show up. The people organising the show hit the schools, the streets and hell, even crack dens to bulk up attending numbers and make sure that the few events we do get end up successful and a shitload of fun to boot. So in any case, after I had sorted out a few interviews (the mash-up video is embedded above) which turned out to be even more fun than the rest of the night was, it was time for me to head up from the green-room and check out freshly formed Stanthorpe locals, 528 Hertz. And then it wasn’t. You see, the bass player (Devesh Alderman, who also doubles as the bassist for Midnight Siren and does a neat line...

Live Review: Touche Amore w/ Tigers Jaw and Dads

Live Review:  Touche Amore w/Tigers Jaw and Dads Location: Birmingham, Alabama, USA @ Zydeco Genre: Emo/Post-Hardcore Reviewer: CripsyChicken I think I’ve discussed on the site before that I grew up as more of a metal kid (in fact, I’m listening to Origin right now as I type this). So emo shows are not exactly something I’m familiar with. Regardless, as someone who’s getting into the genre I was excited to see my first one, and dressed the part as well as I could manage without plaid and thick rimmed glasses. It turned out relatively well, despite the terrible, godawful venue. Dads (who my crew managed to snag an interview with through our local college radio station) was the first up, and absolutely blew my mind. They’re a three piece, with their lead vocalist on drums and other vocals being handled by the guitarist and bassist. The sound was great, creating an ethereal atmosphere when needed and being clear at every other occasion. Given the fact that all of the members were occupied on stage, the energy wasn’t as high as it could have been, but they did their best given their relaxed sound. Their interview clarified that were, in fact, not dads, but despite that slight disappointment they were a perfect opener. Up next was Tigers Jaw, who most of the crowd seemed to be there to see. Much like Dads, I was losing my band virginity to them the first time at the show, so everything was new to my ears. They had a great sound as well and seemed to enjoy the crowd. So much, in fact,...

Live Review: Vans Warped Tour 2014 @ PNC Bank Arts Center – July 6th, 2014

Live Review: Van’s Warped Tour 2014 at PNC Bank Arts Center on July 6th, 2014 Reviewer: The Astr0naut *Note* Every band I mention is in order from the beginning of the day until the end. Just as a starter, I made sure to not miss any sets that I wanted to see other than only catching small bits of Elder Brother and Cute Is What We Aim For. Let’s begin, shall we? I’ll skip the whole process of actually getting into the venue because that’s a whole review on itself. Upon actually getting in though, I was a couple minutes late for Bad Rabbits but was able to catch most of their set. For those who don’t know, Bad Rabbits is an R&B Rock group. They had one of the more groovy sets of the day, which led me to start dancing in the audience. The pure power and range that their vocalist Fredua Boakye has definitely stole the performance away from a lot of other bands I saw across the board. Overall: 9/10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqEelin3t5Q Right after Bad Rabbits ended, I had to trek from one side of the venue to the other, which wasn’t too long of a distance, maybe ⅕ of a kilometer, but the amount of people walking slowly in front of me could have made me spend half the day getting from one fucking stage to another. Keep in mind there were nine stages and these two just happened to be on opposite sides. This next set was Finch, and I was pretty ready for it. They went on at noon on the dot, so...

Live Review: Fall Out Boy and Paramore w/ New Politics @PNC Bank Arts Center – July 28, 2014

Live Review: Fall Out Boy | Paramore | New Politics at PNC Bank Arts Center on July 28, 2014 Reviewer: The Astr0naut So, a quaint two days ago, I decided it would be a good idea to go see one of the bands that shaped my childhood into what it was, Fall Out Boy. Coming out with fantastic tracks that get repetitively stuck in your head for days, but in a good way, Fall Out Boy has been rocking the charts with crazy amounts of supporters for years, delving themselves into the punk and emo areas of the 2000’s mainstream rock craze. Now, to sit down and think about everything Fall Out Boy has released would be a little difficult thing since its easy to get lost in a particular album, but with their new release of Save Rock and Roll, it has been a little too easy. They’re starting to replace their old hits with songs that tons of people in the new crowd would be dying over, but I’ll get back to that in a bit. The venue which I saw this show at was called the PNC Bank Arts Center. This place is known for its rather large amphitheater, accompanied by a massive lawn, which together holds the capacity of 17,500 people per show. This particular show happened to sell out, so there were quite a few screaming fangirls there. As usual, the traffic was hell and no one knew where they were going, but once I actually got into the venue, things started looking up, and on top of that, it was a beautiful night....

Live Review: IWrestledABearOnce @ The Lab 6/4/14 w/ Caulfield – Deadlights – Bayharbour – Revelations

Live review: Revelations – Bayharbour – Deadlights – Caulfield @ The Lab 6/4/14 Reviewer: Erised So I took a little trip up to good ol’ Brisvegas with fellow admin and good friend Pillowpants on the weekend. 3 hours of me putting up with his godawful misshapen head. 3 hours of me having to wipe the drool from his chin and make sure his helmet is fastened correctly every half hour or so because he kept wanting to scratch his lice-infested scalp. Not gonna lie, it was hell, so the bands damn-well better appreciate the torture I had to endure, not to mention the $100 fuel the round trip cost. I expect wristies from every member of every band, two wristies from certain members (they know who they are) and a particularly awesome gobby complete with attention to the balls from one particular frontman. Anywho, we rocked up to the venue, the entry of which is in an unassuming alleyway nestled in the urban jungle that is Woolloongabba. It was 2pm. God, I just love All Ages gigs, I really do. Being that we had a 3hr drive back home, the fact that we could watch 4 bands (I’m not even bothering with IWABO) and still be home before bed time was absolute music to my ears. We duly entered, were greeted by the Venue Manager (a fucking gigantic bloke with a badass moustache named Steve) and got ready for the aural delights to come. Big props to all the guys at The Lab for the great venue too, if only the underage kiddies had have supported the prospect of...

Live Review: Promethean – First Sight – King Hit The Queen – My Friend The Betrayer – A Night In Texas @ Toowoomba South Bowls Club

Live Review: Promethean First Sight King Hit The Queen My Friend The Betrayer A Night In Texas Disclaimer: This is both parts of the review in one posts. enjoy! Well, I had the pleasure of making the trip to Toowoomba to do a live review last night and given that this is my first time doing one, this may be a little sketchy, so bear with me. There was a pretty damn good turnout actually, which impressed me straight away. I’ll try to be as in depth as I can without going overboard, so bear with me. Promethean: These guys started off their first ever show with a pretty long intro, as is the done thing these days, to set the tone for what’s to come….except that what’s to come was an absolute abortion of live sound mixing. It was a damn shame too, I started up the back left corner of the venue (the bowls club), couldn’t hear jack shit, so I moved to the centre-back, could still not hear anything. I came closer to the front, it was a bit better, but the overriding theme of the mix was “here, have some low end so that you can’t hear anything at all outside of chugging”. From what I could gather, the guitarists had some pretty decent technique and riffwork going on, the vocalist (who got fucked over the worst out of everyone, to the point where he was practically inaudible for a good part of their set) seemed to have pretty decent technique as well, highs with good clarity and power, lows with nice projection and even...

Live Review: Here’s To Neverland

Live Review: HERE’S TO NEVERLAND Reviewer: Golden Eagle I feel like I should get something out of the way before I start this review: Unlike song reviews, I base live reviews on the show. Not on whether or not I like the bands music, just whether or not they put on a good show. Criteria includes Stage Presence, Accuracy, Crowd Involvement etc. with the actual music being a secondary consideration. Alright… I think we’re ready. So tonight (Wednesday the 26th of February) I decided to head out to the Helensvale Library to see some local music at an Escalate event (basically a monthly Battle Of The Bands thing). And who else was playing this show but one of the most notorious bands on our page, Here’s To Neverland. Last time these guys got a review on our page, they were torn to shreds… mostly because it was Emotion Lord reviewing them, but still. Anyway while the first band was playing, I was having a chat with their bassist Matt who suggested that I do a live review of their set. I thought ‘Fuck it, why not?’ and got ready for a show that I was near certain was gonna be average at best. I was so fucking wrong. After one of those trendy electronic intro tracks that every band has these days, HTN launched straight into the title track from their album/EP (I’m not entirely sure what it is) The Dream Scene. From the get go, every member of the band was off their feet, jumping around and moving like they were fucking possessed. I can remember very few...
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