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INTERVIEW WITH MELBOURNES’ HARDCORE POP/PUNK OUTFIT FUTURE STATIC

INTERVIEW WITH MELBOURNES’ HARDCORE POP/PUNK OUTFIT FUTURE STATIC

‘DUA LIPA OWNS POP AT THE MOMENT’ – BRIT  


 

With the launch of their blistering new EP ‘Fatalist’ Melbourne’s very own hardcore pop/rock outfit Future Static took time out of their self isolation to chat to Black of Hearts.

‘Fatalist’ EP is available now to stream and purchase at all good online outlets and streaming platforms!

 

Official EP Artwork above

 

How did you guys get together and what made you start a band?

It started with Bri and Kira in late 2015, who have been friends since high school, starting to play around with songwriting and putting the call out on facebook for friends who’d be interested in jamming them and starting something bigger. Ryan jumped on from there, as well as our first drummer Shay, and we wrote Crawling Back pretty much in one practice. From there we’ve gained a lot of experience, had a bit of a change of sound and swapped around some members with Jack and Jackson joining late last year.’ 

 

How did the name Future Static come about?

‘At the start we bounced through a few ideas, but it was Bri who pulled together a list of dynamic names that we eventually chose Future Static from. Initially it was just because we thought it sounded cool, but over the years we’ve pulled a lot of meaning from the concept of the future and the static, looking forward while feeling stuck in place.’

 

What’s your writing process like?

It’s developed over the years, but usually it starts with Ryan bringing us a riff or a chord progression in practice and building from there. That being said, with Fatalist we had a record basically written and threw the whole thing out to start fresh a week out from pre-production. Somehow from phone recording demos, and the help of Christopher Vernon, we were able to turn that into a much stronger record that we’re so proud of.’ 

 

What was the inspiration behind your new single Dead End?

‘Lyrically it is about being in a dark place and not knowing if there’s ever a way out of it. It’s about the anger that can come along with hopelessness and depression. Although we wrote it last year, it seems like a very relevant song for the turbulent times the world is in right now.’

 

How would you describe your sound?

‘We recently had someone call it “Pop-Hardcore”, which is probably the best way to look at Fatalist. It’s definitely a much heavier sound than anything we’d released previously, but the overarching melodies and vocal lines create a lighter contrast that hopefully gets stuck in peoples’ heads.’ 

 

Is there a song you wish you had written and why?

‘There’s a few songs we listen to and wish we’d written, one that really sticks out at the moment is the track “Gone With The Wind” by Architects. The song transitions seamlessly between cacophonous fury and emotional clean sections. Range is something we always try to showcase in our music, whether that be emotional or instrumental contrast, and Gone With The Wind plays with range so beautifully.’

 

What bands did you grow up listening to?

JT – ‘I was listening to bands like blink-182, August Burns Red, Parkway Drive and Pierce the Veil (rawr) uwu’

BM – ‘I grew up listening to bands like My Chem, All Time Low, Black Veil Brides, Pierce The Veil and Paramore. I was also a big Musical Theatre kid, so you have to know that while I was listening to these bands, I was also listening to the cast of Wicked.’

KN – ‘I was late to the scene, so at 17/18 I was getting into My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Pierce the Veil, Bring Me the Horizon, P!ATD and the like, and always a lot of Ball Park Music. Growing up it was more what my dad played me, so a lot of T-Rex and Ben Folds Five.’

RQ – ‘Growing up, I was listening to Metallica, Darkest Hour, Blink 182, Parkway Drive and Silverchair.’

 

Listen to EP ‘Want’ here:

 

 

Do you have an all time favourite album and if so why?

BM – ‘Either Chemical Miracle by Trophy Eyes or Hotel Diablo by Machine Gun Kelly. Both are catchy as hell, have a huge variety of styles on them and hit pretty hard lyrically.’

KN – ‘This is a mean question.’

RQ – ‘Stage Four by Touche Amore. The main thing I look for in a good album is the utilisation of all of the songs in the record to take the listener on a journey, and Stage Four is the textbook definition of that kind of album. Every track builds toward a mood so well, in such an emotionally powerful way.’

 

What other musicians are you excited about at the moment?

JT – ‘Reside, Weighbridge and Loose End’

BM – ‘She’s already huge, but Dua Lipa owns pop at the moment. Future Nostalgia is going to be the album she takes over the world with.’

RQ – ‘Terra, Loose End, Better Half, Rumours, Weighbridge and Bridge The Border.’

 

Do you guys have a favourite track you like performing live?

BM – ‘For me it’s Dead End. It’s the final song for our set and the crowd went crazy for it at our most recent show, even though the song hadn’t been released yet. It’s one of those songs where you leave every single bit of energy you have on the stage.’

RQ – ‘Dead End goes off.’

JT – ‘Dead-set, Dead End. It’s my absolute favourite track to perform live. I’m a hardcore kid at heart and Dead End scratches that itch with it’s dark and edgy sound’

KN –‘Yeah, it has to be Dead End. The last couple of minutes of dirty breakdowns kills me every time in the best way.’

 

What has been your most memorable gig so far and why?

‘Definitely our sold out single release show for Choke, just before the lockdown. We pulled together an incredible line-up with Stand Tall, Furious George and Excuse for an Exit, had an amazing audience of familiar faces and new supporters, and it honestly felt like our strongest show yet. Not knowing how serious the lock down would be at that point, we’re incredibly lucky to have that show be such a high point, and selling it out was the cherry on top of what’s turned out to be an awesome release cycle.’

 

You must be excited about the release of your new EP Fatalist. How has it been received so far and how can we get our hands on it?

‘The record has received a lot of love from Publications and listeners alike, more so than we could have expected, and that’s really heartwarming. Fatalist is currently available on all major streaming services, (Spotify, Apple Music, etc.). Keep an eye out for physical copies coming soon.’

 

How far away is a full length album? 

‘I think it’s at least another two years away. At this point I feel the level of energy required to produce a full length album would be wasted if we were to release one any time soon. We need to focus on increasing our audience and presence in the Australian music scene before releasing a full length album.’ 

 

Watch new single ‘Dead End’ below:

 

With Covid 19 putting a stop to live performances for the time being are you guys itching to hit the road?

‘Absolutely! One of our big goals for this year was to start playing interstate and getting our music out there, and unfortunately it’s looking more and more like that’ll have to wait til next year.’ 

 

What’s the best advice you’ve been given? 

‘To work with people who are genuinely excited and interested in what you’re creating. It’s very easy for your hard work to be overlooked if it doesn’t fit a trend, or for people to want to work with you just for the money. But if you can get a good team around you who genuinely enjoys what you’re making and working on stuff with you, as we’ve found with producing the record with Christopher Vernon and Darcy Handley, and making music videos with Ariel Johnson and Liam Davidson (Lord Media), you’ll end up with a much better product and have a better time making it.’

 

What plans does Future Static have for the rest of the year?

We’re going to continue working on new material and follow this new sound we’ve found. We already have a few rough drafts for some songs, so we’ll be working on refining them into demos while we have this extra downtime on our hands.’ 

 

Where do you see Future Static in 5 years?

JT – ‘Touring Europe and the US, playing metal festivals like Unify’

RQ – ‘On the road in places like Europe, Asia and the US.’

KN – ‘Festivals are definitely the big one for me. We’re getting to a stage where mates like Reside and Terra are starting to hit that level, and I can’t wait to be up there with them!’

 

If you weren’t in a band what would you be doing today?

JT – ‘I think I’d be working as a sound engineer or as a venue manager. I knew I wanted to be involved in the music scene to some extent if I wasn’t going to be in a band.’ 

BM – ‘Had I stuck with my original university plans, I’d be living in California and finishing up a Musical Theatre degree, so either that or something to do with my other love, fashion.’

KN – ‘Definitely something in the arts. When I finished school I started a film degree and went from that to a sound production degree, and I grew up dancing and performing. My life very much revolves around the band at this point though, so I don’t know which of those paths I would’ve chosen without it.’

RQ – ‘I would probably be in the music industry regardless of being in a band or not.’

INTERVIEW WITH CLONING PERTHS’ HOTTEST NEW EXPORTS

INTERVIEW WITH CLONING PERTHS’ HOTTEST NEW EXPORTS

‘WE DON’T LISTEN TO

THE SAME MUSIC, SO WE

ALL BRING DIFFERENT INFLUENCES

TO THE SOUND OF THE BAND’

– FELIX 

 


 

Following the release of their epic new single ‘All Rise’ Perth’s hottest exports Cloning caught up with Black Of Hearts to shoot the breeze and share their hopes and dreams for what they hope is a massive 2020

 

Tell us a bit about Cloning how did you guys meet?

Jack, Nic and I (Felix) met through school. We were already best mates and it was just convenient that we all happened to play instruments. We met Bevan through a mutual friend when he moved from Kalgoorlie to Perth. Kalgoorlie is a rural mining town in Western Australia. 

How did you come up with your band name?

It used to be longer and it was too much of a mouthful. We prefer Cloning cause its shorter and easier to remember. 

How would you describe your sound to people?

A mix of a lot of different types of Rock music, theres a bit of shoegaze, pop, rock, triphop and some more sprinkled throughout our music. 

Were the four of you always in agreement as the direction your sound was to take?

The direction of our music has taken shape gradually. We don’t all listen to the same music so we all bring different influences to the sound. I think thats helped us to realise where we want to go with it. So we’ve all been pretty on board with our sound’s direction from the start, because we all appreciate each other’s ways of playing. 

 

 

 

What is your writing process like?

Songs usually start with Bevan or me (Felix). We tend to make home recordings of ideas and then we’ll share them with Nic and Jack. We rarely all work on a song together at the same time because we find it gets confusing. So that’s why we love writing our music by recording it because it gives us more time to get it how we want it. 

Your new single All Rise; pays homage to Portishead with a hint of Nick Cave and Radiohead thrown in the mix. Was this a conscious decision or was it more organic?

It was more organic, we just tend to sound like the artists we really enjoy listening to. But its always hard to tell what part came from where. Sometimes a part of a song might be influenced by a song from an artist we’re a fan of, but that didn’t really happen on this one. 

What has been a highlight of your fledgling careers?

Our first tour over East in December last year has been the highlight so far. It was a really cool experience and we learnt a lot about the industry and playing shows outside of our hometown. 

What artists inspired you to pick up an instrument and start a band?

My parents played heaps of music to me as a kid. Bands like Nick Cave, Augie March and Lou Reed. So I don’t think any one thing inspired me to start playing. I just enjoyed listening to music and figured I’d probably enjoy playing it too. 

What is your favourite band and favourite album?

Would have to be a tie between Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Radiohead. Favourite album would either be Kid A by Radiohead or The Boatman’s Call by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Dummy by Portishead is also a personal favourite of mine. 

Is there a song you wish you had written?

Monster by Nic Rollo. 

 

 

When can we expect an album and what can we expect from it?

We have a big back catalogue of songs, so once there is enough demand for an album we’d be able to get one together pretty quickly. We’re pretty much just waiting until our audience is big enough to make sure that the album is heard!  

Where can your fans see you in 2020 and would you be touring nationally?

We were planning to get over East again this year but corona virus is hindering that at the moment. Hopefully once that passes we can keep playing shows around Western Australia and then make it over East again later in the year. 

If you weren’t in a band what would you be doing today?

Feeling very unfulfilled as music is the only thing i’ve ever wanted to do. I’d probably be working in an office job somewhere or still studying at university. 

 

Watch ‘All Rise’ Below:

INTERVIEW WITH BRISBANE ALT/ROCK 3 PIECE ‘IN EYES’

INTERVIEW WITH BRISBANE ALT/ROCK 3 PIECE ‘IN EYES’

‘IN EYES’ INTERVIEW

‘I’M OBSESSED WITH ONE DIRECTION’ – ROSIE JACOBSON

 


 

After a consolidating their status as the next big thing with some dynamic and powerful performances on their national tour last year, Gold Coast heavy alt rock trio In Eyes are preparing for huge 2020 with a much anticipated EP in the works slated for the second half of the year.Black Of Hearts caught up with lead singer Rosie Jacobson to find out what else can be expected from In Eyes in 2020

 

 

First up tell us about ‘In Eyes’, how did you guys meet and what inspired you to start a band?

In Eyes has been my passion project since the back end of 2014. The bass player from my previous band and I started it shortly after said band broke up. A few member changes later and it’s now Dylan, Kris, and I. Dylan joined the band in early 2015 and I met Kris through Uni and he joined in 2017. The three of us love each other like family.

I personally have been playing in bands since 2009 and could never give it up, so it was less about being inspired to start and more about not being able to stop.

 

How did you come up with the name does it mean anything?

Funnily enough, it doesn’t really mean anything. I was gifted a pair of skinny jeans from a mate’s Mum and it had In Eyes on a tag that had been sewn in. This was years before the band started, but it always stayed in the back of my mind.

 

What is your song writing process like?

Generally it starts with one of us writing a guitar riff or an instrumental, and sending it through to me to put the topline over it. Once the basics are down we’ll play it together live at band practice and workshop it as we go.

 

Who are your biggest influences?

My personal biggest influence is Hayley Williams of Paramore, and has been since 2009. Musically though, In Eyes is more inspired by Tonight Alive, Dream State, Hands Like Houses, and Northlane.

 

How would you describe your sound to people?

It’s always been difficult to describe but the easiest thing we’ve landed on is melodic alt- rock. We also say we’re similar to Tonight Alive and Dream State to give people some sort of reference context. Overall it’s heavy and melodic guitars and hard-hitting drums, topped with powerhouse female vocals.

 

We love your new single ‘Time Won’t Wait’ tell us about it?

Time Won’t Wait was written back in 2017. At the time (and still today) I was dealing with a lot of anxiety and wasn’t feeling confident mentally. Someone had told me in the past if I wasn’t signed by the time I was 25 I wouldn’t make it as a vocalist, and that scared me a lot. I now know it’s bullshit, thankfully.

The years between hearing that and my 25th birthday we’re terrifying me because time was ticking away and I wasn’t achieving my dreams. I landed on the sentiment Time Won’t Wait For You (because I’m sorry, but it won’t) and based the song around that.

For me now, it’s changed meaning slightly. Now, it’s representative of opening your eyes to the things you’re afraid of, and fighting for things you want with full energy because if you don’t you’ll regret it later. I like that it’s able to be taken either way, and probably more ways depending on each listener.

Name your favourite album and favourite band?

This is a loaded question. My all time favourite band and album is Paramore and their album Brand New Eyes. It’s a perfect record. I am also obsessed with The 1975, One Direction, Hands Like Houses, and Northlane.

If I had to recommend an album everyone should listen to it would be Hymns For The Non-Believer by Kisschasy. Another perfect record.

I dunno, I just love music, man.

 

Is there a song you wish you had written?

Every day I hear songs I wish I wrote. The Goo Goo Dolls ‘Iris’, and Prince ‘Purple Rain’ are two of the best songs ever written. I’m currently obsessing over The 1975 ‘I Always Wanna Die Sometimes’. Brilliant piece of music.

 

When can we expect a full length album?

We’re hoping to pull together an EP by this time next year, but not putting any dates on it yet. Our band has a history of ups and downs so we’re taking it as it comes.

 

What has been the highlight for you guys so far?

One of the best shows we played was the Griffith Uni band comp in 2017. The energy in the room was off chops. Other highlights of course are things like getting played on the radio for the first time, and for me personally, just building the dynamic and friendships with Kris and Dylan. I couldn’t do any of this without them.

 

What can we expect from ‘In Eyes’ in 2020? Is there a tour in the pipeline?

More songs, more shows; that I can almost guarantee. As I said we want to do an EP and I would love to go on tour. I’m trying to manifest it so, hello universe, a tour would be great please!

 

What is your New Year’s resolution?

Band related – keep up the pace and don’t slack. Invest in the project and put our whole hearts into it.

Personally – get my health in order, and spend my money more wisely.

 

If you weren’t in a band, what would you be doing today?

Honestly, probably trying to start a band. It’s the only thing I’ve really ever wanted. If it was completely off the table, I’d be running a venue/booking agency and putting on All Ages shows across the Gold Coast and Brisbane. Singing too; always, always singing.

 

WATCH LATEST SINGLE ‘TIME WONT WAIT’ BELOW: OUT NOW

 

 

REVIEW | IRISH BAND WALKING ON CARS ROCK OUT AT MAX WATTS

REVIEW | IRISH BAND WALKING ON CARS ROCK OUT AT MAX WATTS

We had the pleasure of seeing Irish band ‘Walking On Cars’ rock out at Max Watts in Melbourne for their first ever headline tour of Australia and NZ. 

It was a decent crowd turnout with the majority being Irish expats roaring on their heroes. They played a great variety of tracks from their 2 studio albums – Speeding Cars, Hand in Hand,’Too Emotional’ which was exactly that! Catch Me If You Can, Ship Goes Down,’ ’Don’t Mind Me’ from their brilliant 2016 debut release Everything this Way, and their latest release, ‘Monster’ which has 258 million streams and sounded brilliant!  Their tracks are heart/soul wrenching and unique!

Hailing from Dingle, Ireland these childhood friends looked very comfortable on stage with lead singer, Patrick Sheelhy engaging with the crowd regularly and expressing how happy they were to be performing ‘Down Under’ for the fans. The crowd knowing all the lyrics sing along enthusiastically, with Sheehy often pointing the mic into the crowd encouraging them to sing along with him. They were happy by the amazing response that were getting from the Melbourne crowd. You could see how much the crowd could feel the emotion and energy.

 

 

The band play the songs as if they were playing them for the first time, with every member of the band complimenting each other’s sound. You can see why they have such a massive following in Europe!

The 1 ½ set was a great chilled/rocking night, leaving all the fans and new fans wanting more! We highly recommend seeing them live! A great bunch of guys and we see a huge future ahead for them! Thanks for a great night!

 

 

WALKING ON CARS INTERVIEW

WALKING ON CARS INTERVIEW

 -Walking on Cars Interview –

” Being Creative is the Most Important Thing”

Irish natives Walking on Cars shot to fame in Ireland in 2012 with their debut single ‘Catch Me if you Can’ and have been shaking up the music scene ever since with their chart topping hits.

Following on from a summer of European festival shows and a sold out UK tour, the Irish natives make their Australian debut with shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Black of Hearts caught up with Keyboardist and Vocalist, Sorcha to talk about the bands spectacular new album ‘Colours’ and how they’re gearing up for a busy year.

 

How did you guys meet?

We met in Dingle the town where we grew up so we’ve known each other for a very long time. It’s a pretty small town where everyone knows everyone.

 

What motivated you to start playing music?

We started playing together at a time when we were all back in Dingle with a lot of time to spare, trying to figure out what to do with our lives and so initially it was just for fun. It was a natural progression to get to the point where we decided to take it seriously.

 

How did you come up with the band name?

It was a drunken idea after a gig one night.

 

How would you describe your sound to people?

It’s quite a full sound, very melodic with a mixture of rock and synth textures. We don’t try and stick to any genre in particular, it’s fun to keep it open and experiment.

 

Who are your biggest influences?

We have a lot of different musical influences. I’m a huge Arcade Fire fan. I come from a very musical house with a mixture of traditional Irish music and I trained in classical piano. Evan brings a rock vibe with some hip hop grooves, Paul used to play in a covers band so he has dipped in all the classics and Pa is very into singer/songwriters and any well written songs.

 

Name of your fav albums? Fav band?

My favourite albums are The Subarbs by Arcade Fire and Kingdoms In Colour by Maribou State. As a band though there’s definitely a few albums that have influenced us collectively especially when we first started making music together. Bon Iver’s Bon Iver, James Vincent Mc Morrow’s Early In The Morning and Ben Howard’s Every Kingdom.

 

Where do you gather song writing inspiration?

We have a studio space where we live, it’s quite isolated with amazing views.

 

Is there a main songwriter?

We all contribute to the songwriting and each song is different.

 

Is there a song you wished you had written?

Yellow by Coldplay

 

What is your song writing process?

Sometimes we Jam it out together in a room, sometimes we take more of a production approach and we also do a bit of Co-writing

 

We are loving your new album ‘Colours’! Esp tracks like ‘Monster’ and ‘Too Emotional’, is there a story behind these?

Monster is a song about facing something that has been negatively impacting you and Too Emotional is about when you’re so mad about someone that you get overwhelmed and can’t even talk to them.

 

You guys are about to do your first ever headline shows in Australia, New Zealand and Russia. Is there a venue/place your looking forward to playing the most?

We’ve heard loads about the Gactory Theatre in Sydney. Everyone keeps telling us it’s a super cool venue to play.

 

What has been the highlight of ‘Walking on Cars’ so far?

Selling out our Arena shows in Ireland and touring around the world is pretty amazing.

 

Where do you see yourselves in the next few years?

We’re going to continue making music and touring and just take it all as it comes. Being creative is the most import thing.

 

Last but not least, if you weren’t musicians, what do you think you would be doing today?

I’d love to have gotten into human rights, Paul would be surfing or golfing, Pa would be a soccer player and Evan would be a pilot. 

 

WATCH: ‘Monster’ by Walking on Cars

 

REVIEW: POLISH CLUB LEAVE MELBOURNE ROCKIN’

REVIEW: POLISH CLUB LEAVE MELBOURNE ROCKIN’

Sydney duo Polish Club brought their ‘Meet Me at the Iguana’ national tour to a packed 170 Russell Street on Friday June 29th. Before the band appeared on stage the crowd warmed up their vocal chords with an impromptu sing-along to Vanessa Amorosi’s ‘Absolutely Everybody’ – an unusual choice at a rock show, but it went down a treat.

Strolling on stage just after 11pm to a noisy, expectant crowd ready to rock out, Polish Club duly oblige kicking off with the blistering ‘We Don’t Care’ arguably the stand out track from their recently released sophomore album ‘Iguana’. The crowd immediately bouncing along to the kick ass rock track. A great way to start the show!

 

 

Moving straight into the funky rock title track ‘Iguana’, a song about their favourite bar in Kings Cross that they used to frequent before it closed down. Followed by ‘Goddamn’ the crowd by now hands in the air, yelling the chorus back to them loving what they were witnessing. The raw punkish ‘Beeping’ and the bluesy rock ‘Don’t Fuck Me Over’, both lifted from their 2015 self-titled EP is aired next taking the gig to another level!!

Decked out all in white, with black leather boots and black belt with a shock of spiky peroxided blond hair, David Novak’s powerful vocals are flawless and sound like a cross between the gravelly tones of Dave Grohl and the bluesy side of Johnny Diesel. 

 

 

 

Drummer, John-Henry Palak had his drum kit positioned at the front of the stage which gave everyone a clear view of his intricate drumming, although his face was hidden behind his long blond locks as he feverishly banged away at the drums and they were joined on stage by Iguana producer, Wade Keighran on bass. The huge sound coming off the stage made it hard to believe there was only 3 of them creating the epic noise!!

 

 

There was constant light-hearted banter between the band and audience throughout the show. The respect and love between them is evident and such a pleasure to watch. They appeared to be enjoying themselves as much as the crowd. At one point Palak brings out a chocolate cake and they get the entire crowd to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to a fan named James in the crowd, before slicing it and handing it to the lucky few at the front of the stage.  Such a beautiful touch!

Novak randomly starts playing Red Hot Chilli Peppers ‘Under the Bridge’, to which Palak joins in only for Novak to forget the words of the second verse, before launching into ‘Beat Up’ from 2017’s debut album ‘Alright Already’.

Their self-depreciating, devil-may-care attitude while on stage is refreshing as it is infectious. They put everything into each song with an air of ‘something could go wrong’ at any moment, which makes it hugely entertaining to watch.

 

 

There were many highlights, with the Foo Fighters sounding monster ‘Breakapart’, hard to shake off with the crowd and band singing every word together as one. What a moment!!

They end the show with a flurry of epic tunes ‘Come Party’ followed by ‘Clarity’ and ending with the emotionally charged slow burner ‘Divided’. The crowd drenched in sweat bouncing and not wanting the night to end!

The recent prediction of the demise of rock music seems to be premature, with Polish Club showing what a kick ass rock show is all about! Seemingly flying the flag for rock music and proving it’s alive and well in Australia!!

If you get a chance to see these guys live you won’t be disappointed! One powerful rock act that will stay in your veins for days!!

Iguana out now!!

INTERVIEW: STREET PIECES “Jon would be a gigolo, if he wasn’t a musician”

INTERVIEW: STREET PIECES “Jon would be a gigolo, if he wasn’t a musician”

Street Pieces Interview

” Jon Would Be A Gigolo if he wasn’t a Musician”


Maz and Glynn sat down with Street Pieces frontman, Ben Tilney to talk about the their newest single, ‘Cthulhu’ and how they’re gearing up for a busy year.

 

After forming in 2013, Street Pieces released their first EP ‘The Otherside’ after working with producer Magoo (Regurgitator). After a year of cutting their teeth on the East Coast circuit, the band gained commercial airplay with Triple M and supported Wolfmother on their Australian tour. 2018 marked the release of their Everything You Ever Wanted EP and saw the band tour extensively before settling back into the studio to work on what will be their next monster release. ‘Cthulhu’ is the latest single, produced by Aria winner Govinda Doyle. With a sound as massive as its namesake, ‘Cthulhu’ delivers a sonic experience that swells and breaks with an ever-heaving groove that moves you like the ocean tide. Drawing from the eternally dark riffs of Sabbath, core shaking drums of Zeppelin and chronicled by soaring vocals. Street Pieces unleash a perennial anthem fit to roam the halls of rock!

 

Q. Maz & Glynn – How did you guys meet? 

A. Ben – We all met at QUT doing the bachelor of music.

 

Q. M & G – Who makes up Street Pieces? 

A. Ben – Ben Tilney on vocals, Alex Miller on guitar, Jon Mengede on bass and Marcus McLachlan on drums.

 

Q. M & G  – Are you from Brisbane? 

A. Ben – All except Alex, who’s from Victoria.

 

Q. M & G – How did you come up with the band name?

A. Ben – I think I saw it etched into an alley way outside Melbourne CBD. I thought it sounded cool so I took it to the band and it  kind of stuck.

 

Q. M & G – What motivated you to start playing music? 

A. Ben – The original lineup sans Jon started as a project at university. We all liked the idea of playing in a rock band so we started one. People said we didn’t sound too bad so that gave us confidence to keep playing after we graduated. Jon came a few years later in the piece but had always kept up with what we were doing and already had a love for rock music.

 

Q. M & G – How would you describe your sound to people? 

A. Ben – Dynamic, we love ourselves a big chorus. Cool guitars, big vocals and a bit of rock swagger thrown in for fun.

 

Q. M & G – Who are your biggest influences? 

A.Ben – Difficult to answer but when I think of our sound bands like Audioslave, Band of Skulls and Led Zeppelin come to mind. All things bluesy/rocky/poppy. 

 

Q. M & G – Where do you gather song writing inspiration? 

A. Ben – We can all get inspiration from anywhere, listening to music, watching movies, going for a drive or doing nothing at all and the sound just comes to you. 

 

Q. M & G – What is your song writing process? 

A. Ben – Usually we all start making sound in the studio and one of us riffs off the other and then it starts to snowball. From that point it either forms into a song structure or we all fizzle out.  I usually end up singing some gibberish over the music which I try to translate later into lyrics.

 

Q. M & G – Name one of your favourite albums? 

A. Ben – Diamond Eyes by Deftones.

 

Q. M & G – Who are your favourite bands? 

A. Ben – Deftones, Rival Sons, Foo Fighters, Band of Skulls, All Them Witches, Audioslave, INXS, Zeppelin, Sabbath, The Who.

 

Q. M & G – After 3 ep’s, when can we expect a full album? 

A. Ben – We are pretty quick at writing songs but its whether they make the cut or not. We want to deliver a really killer first album. I’d say within the next 2 years.

 

Q. M & G – We love your new single ‘Cthulhu’. Tell us a bit about it? 

A. Ben – It is our biggest song to date, inspired by HP Lovecraft and a dash of Greek mythology. We feel like the name really matches the massive ever-heaving feel of the song.

 

Q. M & G – What has been the highlight of ‘Street Pieces’ so far?

A. Ben – Apart from supporting heavy hitters like Wolfmother and Shihad it would have to be the upcoming tour, we’re excited to hit the road and play in new places.

 

Q. M & G – Where do you guys see yourself in the next few years? 

A. Ben – Playing longer tours, bigger shows and hopefully in another country at some point.

 

Q. M & G – You guys are going on the road again, where and when can we catch you? 

A. Ben – First stop is the Woolly Mammoth on July 20 with Iron Eye, Rhino and Magnus. These guys all bring it so it’s going to be a great show. Stay tuned for more dates!

 

Q. M & G – Last but not least, if you guys weren’t musicians, what do you think you’ll be doing?

A. Ben – Marcus would be hosting a kids television show, Alex would be a cheesemonger, Jon would be a gigolo and I would be a farmer in Japan.

 

Thanks for much for your time, Ben!  Keep rockin and hope to see you live soon!!

Glynn and Maz

 

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Rudimental ‘ Toast to Our Differences’ Tour – Live Review

Rudimental ‘ Toast to Our Differences’ Tour – Live Review

London’s genre crossing quartet Rudimental brought their energetic electronic drum ‘n bass party to Margaret Court Arena,  Melbourne on Sunday 9th June.

Sneaky Sound System got the party off to a fine start with an exhilarating set, playing a great array of tracks from their catalogue and ending their hi energy set with their popular track ‘UFO’. 

Rudimental stormed on stage just after 9pm blasting off with a shorter version of ‘New Day’ from ‘We The Generation’ kick starting the reggae party in fine style, followed by ‘Right Here’ and  ‘Not Giving In’ a standout track from 2013’s superb debut ‘Home’.

 

 

With tour vocalist, Afronaught Zu taking centre stage, as he does for the majority of the set, bumping up the energy levels a notch with his non-stop dance moves complementing the fun mood of the night. It was so impressive how his outrageous dance moves never affected his vocals and he didn’t miss a beat while jumping around!! The entire crowd dancing along with him throughout the entire show!

There was such a happy fun party atmosphere as the entire band, including the four touring members, bringing the amount of artists on stage to a total of eight, all looking like they were having the time of their lives and wanting everyone in the audience to feel the same. They were not disappointed as the crowd danced the night away arms waving in the air, losing themselves in the moment, smiles etched on every face!

 

 

Up next was ‘I Will For Love,’ taken from ‘We Are The Generation’ which was so powerful and really reached into your heart and soul, ‘Toast To Our Differences’ was a funky rendition by the hugely talented backing vocalist, Bridgette Amofah, and the trumpet drum pumping ‘Let Me Live’ raised the concert to another level.

The lighting show was also impressive, especially with the Ed Sheeran cover ‘Bloodstream’. The flashing lights were a mix of red and white, creating a bloody, insane atmosphere! There were many highlights –  the cover of Rag’n’Bone ‘Human’ a standout, a great slowed down version before turning into a dirty masterpiece. Anofah’s heartbreaking version of Emeli Sande’s ‘Free’ was another highlight. Beautiful!

 

 

Melbourne being the last gig on the Australian leg of their hugely successful worldwide tour, Toast To Our Differences, only added to the party atmosphere. Keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist, Piers Agget dressed in red track suit pants, white t-shirt with a huge red heart on the front and an oversized long hooded white fur coat, constantly encouraged the crowd to scream louder and dance more enthusiastically, dragging every last drop of energy from the adoring crowd as they happily rode along on the wild  Rudimental party bus.

Widely regarded as one of the best live acts in the world today, Rudimental do not disappoint. These guys know how to party and this was one huge love-in rave party! It was sometimes hard to distinguish between the 4 members and their touring group as they all danced around on stage together with everyone having a turn in the spotlight. There seems to be no egos here which is refreshing and rare, they all appeared to show genuine affection for each other which rubbed off onto the crowd!

 

 

A key message of the ‘Toast to Our Differences’ album is bringing people together from all walks of life through music, and the message resonates throughout this exuberant performance.

They finish off the one and a half hour set with the classic drum ‘n bass banger ‘Feel The Love’ their first UK #1 single and the rapturous ‘Waiting All Night’

Rudimental you were fantastic!! A must see live! Best reggae inspired rave you could ever be invited to!

This is one band you would want to crash your party!!

Toast to our Differences out now.

Crooked Colours puts on an electrifying performance at The Forum.

Crooked Colours puts on an electrifying performance at The Forum.

Hailing from Perth, Indie Electronic trio Crooked Colours played to a sold out show at The Forum, Melbourne 25/5/19 on their national tour to support their recently released sophomore album, the bewitching ‘Langata‘.

Supported by the summery dance sounds of Nyxen and the dynamic, Kayex, the sold out crowd turned the Forum into an underground rave party, The atmosphere already electric long before Crooked Colours took to the stage – floors sticky as everyone with drinks in hand readied themselves to dance the night away which started with an impromptu singalong to John Denvers’ ‘Take Me Home Country Road’ which played over the speakers just before the main act took to the stage.

The trio consisting of lead singer, Philip Slabber multi instrumentalist, Leon De Baughn on synths and Liam Merret-Park on drums kicked off the party with ‘Come Back’ from their exceptional slow burner debut ‘Vera’ from 2017. The crowd roaring their approval as the party started with everyone bouncing and singing along. Next up was ‘Hold On‘ followed by ‘Do It Like You‘ both from the recently released ‘Langata’. Only released  2 weeks ago everyone in the crowd already knowing the words, as the danced and sang along.

Each track would send everyone into a dance trance, with Merret-Parks’s heart pumping drumming and the ingenious synth skill of the impressive De Baughn, both looking like they were loving every minute of it.

Dressed in ‘loungewear’ (tracksuits and sweat tops) they more than satisfied the adoring crowd with a mix of new tracks from ‘Langata’ with additional tracks from their debut ‘Vera’ which kept the the older fans happy as well as blowing away any new ones in the crowd. They also added a slowed down reggae cover version of Robin Shultz’s ‘Sugar Baby’ which was well recieved!

 

Being the hottest rising act in electronic music in Australia, if not the world, they have mastered the pairing of lighting and their live sound creating an electrifying visual masterpiece!

‘Langata‘, named after a region in Nairobi, Kenya where the albums’ creative direction took place whilst on tour in Africa last year. It was written, recorded and meticulously produced entirely by Crooked Colours and seeing them live only enhances the album.

It was an intense, fun, fast paced 1 and 1//2 hour show with a mix of smooth vocals and fast hypnotic dance riffs. 

If you can, you have got to see these guys live. Fantastic gig and a great party!

‘Langata out now’

Cub Sport Enchant Festival Hall

Cub Sport Enchant Festival Hall

Brisbane indie alt-pop group Cub Sport enchanted Festival Hall, Melbourne to a sold out show on the 13th April 2019. The crowd packed with young love filled guys and girls, with the front row packed with people parading the gay pride flags. It was crazy, you could feel the love and pride that was being projected from the crowd, even before the first song played!

To start the private journey through his heart, lead singer Tim Nelson, dressed in white high-waisted pants and a white leather belt draped over his body, begins with ‘Unwinding Myself’ He sings it in pure a cappella style, leaving everyone speechless. Just as beautiful as the album version!

To pick up the tempo, they play ‘Video’ which is their second track on their latest album, with Tim standing at the top of their stage set up; a platform with 2 ramps on each side with a red lit video backdrop.

With only watching 2 tracks, you’re easily swept away by his intense vocals and slow passionate defined movements that made you feel like it was all in slow motion. The female fans went crazy with his moves! Tim has been described lately as the Australian Justin Bieber, just more gay! 🙂

Next track ‘Chasin ’ is from their second album ‘Bats’. This song connects with most, having the lyrics define anyone feeling lost and not knowing what you’re chasing in life at a young age. Another popular track was up next ‘Hawaiian Party’. The entire crowd singing along to every word, telling a story of another layer of his heart.

Beautifully written ‘Look After Me’ was directly after. He hypnotically draws you in with his soulful voice and slow motion movements. Towards the end of the song, you are lost in his dreamy world, where every word feels like a dream. At this stage, I was very surprised at how great this gig was and was very interested to know what they had coming up.

The band took the crowd for a trip down memory lane with ‘Only Friend,’ ‘Trees’ and ‘Butterflies’. The highlight was the visually hypnotic ‘Good Guys Go,’ using elements from the video clip with the red lighting that represented the ‘Stranger Things’ vibe and when Tim sang the chorus “you know I’m breaking my back,” he would re-enact the clip and slowly bend, stretching back as far as he could to express the lyrics. It was mind blowing!!

You could feel so much love and connection that the crowd was feeling by this stage. They were definitely stuck in his web of love!

With more tracks to satisfy the heart, they play ‘Come Out,’ ‘Party Pill,’ ‘Summer Lover, ‘Stars’ and ‘Limosine.’ each track all telling the stories of his life. One of their biggest hits ‘Sometimes’ creeped in toward the end of the 1 ½ hour set and that completely went off!! What a powerful performance!

This band is so touching to watch. To see the journey and love behind Tim and Sam Netterfield (band member) create such heart felt music is amazing. Tim mentions to the crowd how happy he is that they are now married and finally being able to be. He strongly believes that to live and love is more important ‘Everyone deserves love and happiness’, he says’. Couldn’t agree more!

This concert was like a visual soundtrack of love. “It’s too real life and too much like a dream

A surprising fantastic gig! Loved it and a must see!

‘Cub Sport’ out now.

Last Dinosaurs Rock The Howler!

Last Dinosaurs Rock The Howler!

Brisbane indie rock quartet Last Dinosaurs rocked a full house at the Howler, on the 6th April 2019. Opening acts RAThammock and Merpire had set the mood earlier with polished performances, before the main act nonchalantly walked on stage right on 10.30pm to a huge roar.

Launching straight into ‘Weekend‘ from their impressive 2012 debut album ‘In A Million Years’ – great way to kick off the set, with the crowd immediately jumping, arms in the air singing along to every word. Next up was ‘Dominos‘, the raw, edgy and ridiculously catchy stand out track from their latest album, the self-produced ‘Yumeno Garden’, which kept the momentum going. ‘Andy‘ another track from ‘In A Million Years‘ creeped in, getting everyone in a boppy happy mood. Their dreamy, reflective and strong happy underlining sound that run through all their songs makes it impossible to not feel good as it washes over you.

The flawless ‘Sense‘ and ‘Bass God’ followed, both taken from their latest album and going down well with the crowd as they jumped in unison.

Lead singer and chief songwriter Sean Caskey rocked a wicked pitch-white hairdo looking every bit the effortless rock star. With guitar in hand, he looked like he was having the time of his life. Sounding immaculate, the band were as tight as you’d expect from a band that has constantly toured the world over the last 10 years.

 

Sounding like a cross between Two-Door Cinema Club, Phoenix with The Foals thrown into the mix. Last Dinosaurs were formed in Brisbane by Sean Caskey and drummer Dan Koyamo while still at school, with Caskey’s younger brother Lachlan on lead guitar and former member, Sam Gethin -Jones on bass, who was replaced by long-time band associate Michael Sloene when Gethin-Jones departed in 2013.

The Caskey brothers and drummer Koyamo are of Japanese decent and developed the distinctive sound of ‘Last Dinosaurs’ with their collective love of indie rock. They have a huge worldwide fan base due to their nonstop touring and frequent visits Japan to satisfy their massive fan base in that region.

 

With an impressive variety of tracks spanning from their 2010 debut EP ‘Back from the Dead’ to their latest offering ‘Yumeno Garden‘ if you are not familiar with this underrated class act, this tour would be a great starting point. Their sharp polished dance rock with happy catchy melodies and guitar riffs make them hard to ignore.

With the 1 ½ hour set coming to an end, they delighted the crowd with favourites ‘Stream‘ and followed this with ‘Zoom’. Ending the set with a rousing version of the hugely popular ‘Honolulu’ which got the biggest cheer of the night as Caskey encouraged the adoring crowd to ‘dance and sing’ which they did in abundance. Enhancing their reputation with this flawless performance, these nice guys of indie rock showed how to put on a slick polished rock gig.

The band is named after the song ‘Last Dinosaur’ by Japanese rock band ‘The Pillows’. This however is one band you definitely can’t doze off to. If anything they’ll send you into a dreamy dance floor trance!! Fantastic show and a must to see live.

Yumeno Garden out now.

 

YUNGBLUD brings his energetic powerhouse show to the Croxton Bandroom

YUNGBLUD brings his energetic powerhouse show to the Croxton Bandroom

Yungblud brought his energetic powerhouse show to a delirious crowd at the Croxton Bandroom in Thornbury, Melbourne on Feb 8th.

As the expectant crowd waited for the much hyped firecracker to blow their minds – to keep themselves entertained, they had an impromptu sing-along to ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl’ by Jet as it played through the speakers, which would be much needed when the main act took to the stage!

 Darting onto the stage right on time dressed in an outfit as chaotic as his music, a half tartan, half black pair of pants with a black t-shirt covered with a leather sleeved black jacket littered with white writing. There is a deafening roar that greets him as he stares out at the crowd, his face lit up with a manic grin as he pokes his tongue out (something he does throughout the show) lapping up the adulation in pure rock star style!

 Born Dominic Harrison in Doncaster, England a little over 20 years ago, the genre defining Yungblud kicks off the set with kick ass ‘21st Century Liability,’ with the crowd immediately singing along to every word. Darting around the stage like a man possessed, his energy levels are impressive and you feel worn out just watching him as he doesn’t stop for a breather for the entire show. The crowd tries to keep up with him as they dance and sing along to every song, arms waving in the air lost in every moment of every song.

Taking it up a notch with ‘I Love You Will You Marry Me’ which is next up, has the entire venue jumping in unison followed by ‘King Charles’ taken from 2018’s self titled EP. At one point during the song Harrison runs over and plants a kiss right on his guitarists’ mouth to the delight of the crowd as they roar their approval.

They rip through ‘Psychotic Kids’ and ‘Anarchist’ before Harrison plants an L on his head with his hand to announce the next song. The crowd cheers as he launches into latest single ‘Loner!’ His straight from the heart socially conscious lyrics strike a deep cord with the youthful audience as he throws himself into every song as if his life depends on it.

The noise levels reach new heights when he launchers into crowd favourite, ‘California’. The crowd belting out the song as they sing it together identifying with the heartfelt message in the lyrics screaming ‘cos I’m young, don’t wanna die, yet can’t afford it’

His youthful exuberance is infectious as the end of each song is greeted with a huge boyish grin before he pulls a face sticks his tongue out, loving every minute of the undying adulation oozing out of the crowd.

Defined as alternative hip-hop, Yungblud is a mishmash musically across between Kendric Lamar, Eminem, the Clash with a hint of NWA and a healthy dose of in-your-face punk rock. The English nutter finishes the hour and a half set with the very personal ‘Machine Fun (F**k The NRA)’ the roar as he takes a bow at the end is deafening as he pokes his tongue out for the last time before he disappears.

 There are no visions of calming Harrison down as he is without a doubt a 21st Century Liability!

 An electric performance that takes your breath away and leaves you wanting more, a voice of the future, a voice to define this seemingly lost generation!

The Kooks Play To A Sweat Drenched Crowd At Festival Hall!

The Kooks Play To A Sweat Drenched Crowd At Festival Hall!

UK’s indie darlings, The Kooks kicked off the Australian leg of their world tour at a packed, sweat drenched Festival Hall on a sticky hot Thursday, January 3rd.

Kicking off their set with the punchy debut single ‘Eddies Gun’ from debut album ‘Inside In/Inside Out’. Lead singer, Luke Pritchard decked out in black jeans, black t-shirt with a loose fitting gold jacket. With his mop of curly locks, he strides onto the stage to the fading sound of The Beatles, ‘Helter Skelter’ with a haze of blue light illuminating the stage. As the crowd roar, he cups his ears to raise the noise levels.

 

Now officially a 3 piece, after the recent departure of bassist Peter Denton, Luke is joined by Hugh Harris on lead guitar and the tireless Alexis Nunez on drums with Peter Randell filling in for the departed, Denton. After 15 years and 5 critically acclaimed albums behind them, The Kooks still possess the energy of a band on their first tour with Pritchard darting around the stage, guitar in hand like an energetic teenager. His vocals are flawless, and could break your heart with its charming beauty.

‘Always Where I Need To Be,’ from the brilliant ‘Konk’ album is up next, followed by ‘She Moves Me In Her Own Way’ another track taken from ‘Inside In/Inside Out,’which has the whole crowd bouncing and by now completely covered in sweat. Pritchard mentions that although he’s drenched in sweat, it’s not as hot in the venue as drummer Nunez, who he claims is ‘ridiculously hot coz he’s constantly working out by beating the drums!’ Nunez embarrassed by the attention takes a bow from behind the sticks before launching into latest single, the funky early Stones sounding ‘All The Time’ from their latest album ‘Lets Go Sunshine’ which goes down really well with the crowd much to Pritchard’s appreciation!

 

 

They power through a few more tracks off the latest album, with Pritchard thanking the crowd for appearing to enjoy the new material, with the album only being a few months old. The noise levels go up a notch with the rocking ‘You Don’t Love Me’ which Pritchard explains is about unrequited love, something he claims he’s gotten used to over time, but judging by the adoring female fans in the audience, he obviously had his tongue firmly planted in his cheek.:)

After asking the crowd if they have any requests, Pritchard plays the first few chords of ‘Seaside’ which gets the biggest cheer of the night as the crowd sing the song back to them, almost drowning out Pritchard’s vocals. Spine tingling stuff!!

The 2 hour set seemed to fly by at a blink of an eye and as the encore sees another track from ‘Lets Go Sunshine’ the honey dripped ‘No Pressure’ the album closer before ending the exhilarating set with the iconic ‘Naïve’, a song that in every sense sums up the Kooks as the crowd roar their approval and sing along to every word. 

‘You don’t have to doubt or figure it out’ that The Kooks are one iconic band that will take you on a journey to satisfy the heart and soul!

Fantastic gig and a must see live!

Gang of Youths Show Us Why You Should Say Yes to Life!

Gang of Youths Show Us Why You Should Say Yes to Life!

Hailing from Sydney, indie rock 5 piece Gang Of Youths strode onto the stage for a sold out show at The Forum in Melbourne on Monday 12th of November 2018 with all the confidence of a band with a critically acclaimed Gold selling multi Aria award winning album, ‘Go Further In Lightness’ behind them. 

Led by indie heartthrob, David Le’aupepe with Joji Malani (guitar), Jung Kim (Keyboards), Max Dunn (bass) and Donnie Borzestowski (drums) making up the gang.

 

Kicking off the night with the kick ass ‘Fear and Trembling,’ a perfect opener to get the crowd pumped and warmed up. Followed by one of their most popular tracks, the very personal ‘What Can I Do When the Fire Goes Out. ‘After the frenetic start, Le’aupepe slows things down a bit by playing ‘L imaginaire’ followed by The National inspired moody ‘Don’t Let Your Spirit Wane’ all tracks lifted from their sophomore album ‘Go Further In Lightness’

Next we see Le’aupepe alone at the piano, with the rest of the band having exited the stage, lights dimmed, he recalls candidly various tales about his struggles as the crowd falls silent and lap up his every word before launching into the gentle but troubled  ‘Go Further In Lightness” followed by a haunting cover of Bruce Springstein’s ‘I’m On Fire’ which works well here, the beautiful ‘Persevere’ finishes the mellow interlude.

 

Le’aupepe has a tendency to start every song with a monologue, explaining the inspiration behind it. Sometimes the monologue can go for longer than the length of the song, but the crowd of mainly ‘20 something’ females, always falls silent on every occasion, hypnotised by his every word.

As the rest of the band rejoins him on stage they rip into ‘The Heart Is A Muscle’, much to the delight of the crowd, everyone caught up in the moment singing along, believing every word. 

One highlight is when they whip out their masterpiece ‘Let Me Down Easy.’ Written by Le’aupepe at a time when he was at one of his lowest points and contemplating suicide, when quite by accident he discovered that by dancing enthusiastically it can actually work as an effective anti-depressant. In honour of that sentiment, Le’aupepe downs the guitar and rips out some sultry Ricky Martin esque moves, with the crowd completely enthralled, some mimicking his moves, others mouths gasping in admiration! The crowd roar in approval at his every ‘un rock-n-roll dance moves. Looking completely out of place here, but working so well with the be ‘uncool to be cool’ feeling of the night!

The track gets the biggest cheer of the night, it’s unclear however if it’s for the brilliance of the song or the sexy dance moves of the lead singer or a combination of both. It doesn’t really matter as the band basks in the adulation. 

As the night draws to an end, they unleash the powerful ‘The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows’ as the crowd sing along to the chorus “cause not everything means something honey, to say the unsayable, say the most human of things”. Great song that really speaks to you!! 

The band has partnered up with PLUS1 so that every $1 from every ticket purchased goes to support Aboriginal Legal Service. A band that likes to influence positive change. Take a bow boys What a band!!!

They end the night with a 2 song encore ‘Vital Signs’ and ending with the punk rock belter ‘Say Yes To Life’ which leaves everyone wanting more and feeling the moment of living and loving life! This was one unforgettable 1 ½ hour gig and “I don’t know if we could live without”.  so, say ‘Yes to life’. Say ‘Yes to Gang Of Youths’.

Go Farther In Lightness out now!

Twenty One Pilots Puts on a Visual Artistic Masterclass show at Rod Laver Arena

Twenty One Pilots Puts on a Visual Artistic Masterclass show at Rod Laver Arena

American music duo Twenty-One Pilots graced Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Thursday 13th December with an electric rock powerhouse show. Showcasing their Grammy award winning fifth album ‘Trench’ Twenty One Pilots are a 2 piece hailing from Columbus Ohio, Tyler Joseph on lead vocals and drummer extraordinaire, Josh Dunn. The 15 thousand seater stadium was packed with a mix of long-time to fresh new fans, even some young primary school age children being accompanied by their parents (great to see the parents getting in early introducing their kids to good rockin music)

 

They kick off the night with the explosive ‘Jumpsuit’ – a killer track and guitar riff to start the set! The stage is set up with a car on fire, similar to the film clip, with flames intermittently shooting up from the floor. Josh comes out with a flame torch wearing a khaki green top with a huge yellow cross, similar to the one he wears in the film clip. His face covered with the iconic mask, like he’s preparing to go into battle! While Tyler has his face completely covered in a ski mask. 2 huge LCD screens are on each side with wicked yellow lighting to help distinguish the ‘Trench‘ album as well as another huge screen behind them made up of huge square blocks, which light up constantly, flickering between images and flashing lights. A visual feast for your senses!

 

There was a moment during the third song ‘Fairly Local’ where, one moment Joseph is sitting at the piano with a blanket draped over him, and then he disappears! We thought it was the end of the song, or maybe another costume change? …But..no! he re-appears on the other side of the arena in the crowd. Everyone goes berserk! Especially those lucky enough to be sitting in that area. Ski mask still intact, he finishes off the song from that spot. We thought it couldn’t be him under the mask as he was sitting at the piano only a few seconds earlier, until he rips it off at the end of the song to reveal himself!! The roar that greets his unveiling was deafening!

Next up we have hip hop inspired ‘Levitate’ from ‘Trench’ which makes you feel you’re listening to a blend of Eminem and Mike Skinner from English alt/hip hop band ‘The Streets.’ They played a broad coverage of tracks from all their albums; ‘Trench’ ‘Blurry Face’ ‘Vessel,’ ‘TopxMM’ and of course their 2009 self-titled debut. They even include ‘Heathens’ from ‘Suicide Squad’ soundtrack, which cleverly had the stage coloured green and purple, with the crowd drenched in red. Great visuals! Looked and sounded incredible!!

The duo are so fascinating to watch, they are so talented with Joseph constantly darting around the stage with boundless energy and Josh’s riveting drumming, quite eye catching! He gets the biggest cheer of the night when the roadies bring out a 2 metre square board with a drum kit attached, which they get the audience at the front of the stage to hold above their heads. Josh climbs on top and stands topless, staring out balancing on the board before launching into a mind boggling drum solo! Another highlight was Joseph’s impromptu cover of Elvis Presley’s ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love,’ a tour debut with the whole crowd beautifully singing along!!

 

 

‘Nico And The Niners ’ was a crowd pleaser with ‘Taxi Cab’ a flashback from their debut. Stopping time with ‘Pet Cheetah’ which flowed into ‘Holding on to you’ they know how to raise the levels of rock and hip hop. Constantly in and out of various costumes, they unleash ‘My Blood’ dressed in skeleton jumpsuits, which has become a recent trade mark with lots of copycat skeleton jumpsuits in the crowd. They played the track to perfection and included the crowd in a chorus medley. Very powerful!! The variety of tracks they put in the set list is a great introduction to the duo if you weren’t familiar with their music.

Ending the night with ‘Leave This City’ and old school favourite ‘Trees’ from ‘Vessel’ a track they have been closing shows with ever since its release. The show was an artistic visual master class, the night filled with pyrotechnics and confetti, it had all the ingredients of a spectacular night which will live long in the memory of everyone lucky enough to see it. This two piece are getting better by the year, an amazing show that ran through your blood and bleed your ears.

Listen to your heart and your ears and listen to Twenty One Pilots. “It aint the speakers that bump hearts, it’s our hearts that make the beat!”

 

Trench out now!