I was sad when Against Me! cancelled the remaining 2010 tours back in September. It included a tour of Australia which I wouldn’t of been able to attend because of the age restrictions. What I did realise was that I would be able to attend when they came back in 2011. Wednesday was the night they returned to Perth
The night started out with Perth band Grim Fandango. I am quite amazed these guys aren’t wider know. They are a four piece, 2 guitars, bass and drums. But whats different? Its not just a single singer, they have 3. This created an awesome layered sound within the songs.
Next up were Off With Their Heads. These guys are pretty much what I would class as classic punk rock. For me it was hard to like these guys, you couldn’t tell where one song ended and another started. Songs were incredibly similiar, lacking depth and substance. Although saying that they were a 3 piece that night, performed quite well together and had a pretty loyal and crazy fan base there.
Lastly of course, the band we had all been waiting for, Against Me!. They did keep us waiting that little bit longer as well, starting 10 minutes after scheduled start time but boy did they make up for it. Singer, Tom Gabel walked out with a massive smile on his face and it barely left him throughout (except when someone through a beer onto him in the first 10ish minutes . Screw you person. It appeared to hurt his guitar a little bit)
Andrew (Bass) was amazing in the way he conducted and cheered for the crowd yet lead James (guitar) almost looked bored and just really stuck to himself, letting the others do there thing. New drummer Jay carried an amazing energy onto stage something nice to see from a position that can easily be made incredibly boring. The crowd thrived off the energy from the band and it was easy to see that everyone was enjoying themselves. Screaming the words back as they were sung.
The end of the show I was lucky enough to have Jay give me one of his drumsticks. It is amazing to think this man is 20, nearly 21 and has played with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on occasions when his father was not there and was briefly drummer of Madball. As I mentioned above he carried an amazing energy onto stage and was such a chilled guy to talk to.
- Pints of Guinness Make you Strong
- Cliche Guevarra
- The Energizer
- New Wave
- White Crosses
- Don’t Lose Touch
- High Pressure Low
- Holy Shit!
- Walking is Still Honest
- White People for Peace
- I Was a Teenage Anarchist
- The Ocean
- American Abroad
- Rice and Bread
- Reinventing Axl Rose
- You Look Like I Need a Drink
- Turn Those Clapping Hands into Angry Balled Fists
- Piss and Vinegar
- Thrash Unreal
- Sink, Florida, Sink
- Because of the Shame
- Searching for a Former Clarity
Last month headed out to HQ where Turning Tides were hosting the final release show of a 3 show ‘tour’. Supporting the release tour were Adrift and Melbourne band Sans Amour, with The Others and Ruthless getting to play the HQ show.
Opening the day was Adrift. They are heavier than what I generally listen to, but they totally killed it and were solid throughout. I was surprised to hear Adrift only starting jamming early last year, they had a set of solid songs of which a couple are on a demo cd they were giving out there.
Second up were Sans Amour. Being from Melbourne I didn’t know what to expect from these guys. I don’t know what I should say about these guys, other than there demo cd had been on repeat for an hour or so. They were amazing. I guess they were quite aggressive during there performance but I’m truly glad they made the trip to Perth to support Turning Tides. I think something that made me so into them was how passionate they were, especially there singer, Samm Burrell, was. The fact that Sans Amour are a 4 piece also showed how much talent they have, in a genre where having 4 members is a rare find.
Ruthless were then on. Saw these guys towards the middle of last year, they were fairly new then, with only a few songs, a little sloppy at times and not a majorly defined sound. Almost a year later Ruthless are fitting well into a metalcore sound, and are making a name of themselves around the hardcore and metal scene. To think the guys are only 16/17. They played a solid set. A favourite of mine, Hasty Retreat, has only gotten better as they grown and found there sound.
The Others played fourth. Being a fan of the Others I was looking forward to seeing them play. They play alot of short songs, there 9 song album comes in at less than 15 mins. There music reminds me alot of skateboarding days, back in the 90s hardcore/punk times.
Last of course were Turning Tides. By then the crowd had thinned out quite dramatically and really in the end I could see why. They were quite messy and really only found 1 song in Fallen Soldier that I mildly enjoyed.
Megan Washington was the lucky artist on ‘Good az Friday’ (aka Good Friday) to play Like a Version performing her own song Spanish Temper and a cover of Even When I’m Sleeping by Leonardo’s Bride. She totally killed her. Her recorded version is amazing, there is no about that, but when artists strip songs back to the utter basics that is when amazing things happen.
For those of you that don’t know what Like a Version is, it is a segment on Triple J each Friday, generally in the morning around 8am where an artist comes into the studio with there acoustic instruments and plays an original song and a cover of there choice. Recent artists include Brian Fallon from The Gaslight Anthem, Mark Ronson and the Business Intl, The Vines, Kate Nash and The Mission In Motion.
Right click the link to download and listen to the amazingness that is Washington.
Explosions in the Sky, if you like post-rock you would have to know who these guys are but just in case you don’t who they are I’ll give you a quick rundown. Eits originally started in Austin, Texas back in 1999 releasing there debut in 2000. They did the soundtrack to Friday Night Lights in 2004, gaining fans with there original and emotional music.
Fast forward to 2011, Explosions in the Sky are up to there 7th release. Take Care, Take Care, Take Care is released in April, the first release since 2007. As with all albums there has been a leak. Coming in at 46 minutes over 6 songs this is what everyone has been waiting for. There hasn’t been a massive change in sound, the song structures are the same but it is new music and I am definitely happy with Take Care. ‘Trembling Hands’ features some vocals with the normal distinct Eits sound.
If you like classic post-rock then this is for you.
Check out Explosions in the Sky here
Brian Fallon is the lead singer of The Gaslight Anthem, a band that best fits into the genre of folk punk.
Not a massive review today but just re watched this acoustic version he did of the song ‘She Loves You’ from there 2010 release ‘American Slang’. Brian displays such strong emotions when he sings, something that is becoming a rarity in music nowadays, and this video portrays it perfectly. He is almost in tears by the end of it.
Check out The Gaslight Anthem on itunes.
Highly recommend Blue Jeans & White T-Shirts (from Señor and the Queen), Great Expectations, The Backseat and Here’s Looking at You, Kid (all from The ’59 Sound) and We’re Getting A Divorce, You Keep the Dinner (from Sink or Swim).
Envy – Recitation
Envy is a band that could easily fit under both post-rock and hardcore . Having been around since 1992 Envy have had plenty of time to build on their sound and in their latest album Recitation I feel they have found the perfect mix. The combination of ambient slow guitar and spoken word to change of harsh distorted guitars and screaming vocals keeps me captivated and although I barely understand a word they are saying, due to the fact they speak Japanese, you can feel the emotion that Tetsuya Fukagawa is putting into each and every song.
Below is a video of one of my favourites from Recitation, ‘Worn Heels and the Hands We Hold’
We Are The Emergency – Seizure EP
We Are The Emergency are a post-hardcore band from Perth. They have found the perfect balance with there music, something many bands can’t seem to find. We Are The Emergency feature romantic, piano driven softer parts in there songs without having everything sound sad and depressing and screams that have a way of being hardcore but don’t go into total chaos.
My favourite of theirs would have to be ‘All We Ever See Of Stars Are Their Old Photographs’. For the 2 minutes the song is mainly piano and clean vocals. It slowly builds up to the guitar and screams at 2:15 and greatness follows.
Rinoa combine elements of post-rock and hardcore to create the a sound similar to that of there influences Envy, Mono and Devil Sold His Soul. ‘An Age Among Them’ portrays the sound captured by Rinoa perfectly.
Below is the video of one of my favourites of theirs ‘Sol Winds;
Unfortunately in October last year the guys decided to end Rinoa. Most of the band members have continued onto different music projects, David(bassist) and Matt(guitarist) in Ancients and James (drummer) has been drumming for Dubstep nuisances whilst on tour and is a member of Hospitals.