Kreator @ HiFi Brisbane 19/4/14
Words and Photo’s: Matt Young
German Thrash Metal giants Kreator took to the stage at Brisbane’s HiFi Bar after co-headliners Death Angel had just torn the place apart. Would they be able to match the standard?? A resounding “F**K Yes” was the answer!
With the majority of the crowd here to see Kreator, the anticipation reached fever pitch as they waited for the German legends to arrive. Chants of Kreator, Kreator, Kreator went up and everyone was pumped. When the band finally walked on stage, a sea of fists and horns were hoisted high in the air. Here we go…
From the get go the band launched into “Phantom Antichrist” followed by “From Flood Into Fire”, both from 2012’s Phantom Antichrist album. Main man Mille Petrozza screams “Brisbane… F**K this place up!! and the HiFi Bar erupts. Security has their hands full as what seems like an avalanche of bodies are surfed over the barricade. My fellow photographers and myself are of course right in the thick of the action and have to be alert to what’s happening around us in the pit. It’s Chaos.
With Christian Giesler (bass), Jurgen Reil (drums) and Sami Yli Sirnio (guitar) completing the Kreator line-up, the band treat the fans to a lengthy set of Metal with tracks both old and new. Now in their fourth decade as a band, the boys are obviously well versed in the live setting and accordingly put on a polished performance.
“Warcurse”, “Hordes of Chaos”, Phobia”, “Riot of Violence” and “People Of The Lie” all get a run tonight. The sound through the PA is huge and the interaction between band and crowd is likewise. The fans here tonight know every word of every song. Fists continue to be raised in the air and the steady flow of bodies heading over the barricade also continues. Kreator doesn’t miss a beat tonight and close the show with “Civilization Collapse” and then into old school territory of “Flag of Hate” and “Tormentor”. Everyone had a great night and my camera equipment survived. I’ll raise my fist in the air to that!
Death Angel @ HiFi Bar Brisbane 19/4/14
Words and Photo’s: Matt Young
San Francisco thrash metal pioneers Death Angel rolled into town tonight on their United Thrash Nations tour with co-headliners Kreator.
Gracing Australian shores for only the second time in their career, Death Angel had fans eagerly anticipating another dose of high energy Thrash Metal from the band that were last here in 2009.
Bursting onto the scene with 1987’s The Ultra Violence album, Death Angel rode the wave of popularity that fellow Bay Metallers Testament and Metallica were enjoying in the Eighties. The future looked bright. For varying reasons though, things did not go according to plan and 1991 saw the band call it a day.
In 2001 however, Death Angel reformed and decided to once again make music. Rob Cavestany (lead guitar), Mark Osegueda (vocals) and Ted Aguilar (rhythm guitar) were onboard from the get go. In 2009 the band solidified their now current line-up with the addition of Will Carroll (drums) and Damien Sisson (bass).
It’s this rock solid line-up that took to the stage tonight and proceeded to destroy Brisbane’s HiFi Bar. Opening up with “Left For Dead” and “Son Of The Morning” from last years stellar album The Dream Calls For Blood, Death Angel were simply crushing it. Sounding razor sharp and clearly happy to be here, the boys had the foot down that’s for sure. In a 13-song set we got “Fallen”, “Succubus”, “Caster of Shame” and the title track from The Dream Calls For Blood. The Old Skoolers were treated to “Evil Priest”, “Mistress of Pain” and the title track from The Ultra Violence as well as a couple of songs from 2010’s Relentless Retribution album.
Plenty of Crowd Surfers, Circle Pits and Moshing bore testament to how much the crowd on hand enjoyed Death Angel tonight. Put simply, the crowd went nuts. I haven’t seen a crowd go bonkers like that since Testament’s 2014 Soundwave set. The energy in the room was mind blowing and the band tapped into it to produce one of the best sets of 2014 so far. Thrash Metal certainly isn’t dead. Bravo!
Story by John Snelson (… with thanks to Stormcellar – cleanskins)
No real comment about the aptness of this .. but I love the track and you know, 220 odd years ago, our Government, in the form of The Rum Corps, (allegedly!) committed all sorts of nefarious acts, including, rebellion against the Governor.
The more things change … but at least we have Stormceller to provide a stable rock – an icon Australian blues/rock indeed. Long may they stay true.
Review and photos by Dan Stone.
LeBelle and Secret Tsunami at The Evelyn Hotel Fitzroy, Friday April 10, 2014.
After what had been a cold and wintry week in Melbourne it was nice to head out on what was a fairly mild evening to check out some fantastic live music. It has been a long time since I stepped foot in the Evelyn and I had forgotten just how good a band room it was. From the street, even peering through the window, it seems a small room, but it is deceptively big and walking in to the TOOL inspired sounds of Lucid Planet there was already a big crowd in. Great signs for both LeBelle and Secret Tsunami launching their new single and EP respectively.
It’s been a few months since I have seen LeBelle, and the last time they took a while to warm into the set, but not tonight. From the first note they were on it. Sheri Motiekaitis (vocals/keys) and Mitch Finglas (guitars/vocals) connect from the get go while the rhythm section of Jay Carter (bass) and Brent Quirk (drums/vocals) are locked tight.
The set is full of dynamics, sprawling keys and some brilliant guitar work Finglas it is Motiekaitis vocals that make the night for me. Confident, but still maintaining vulnerability, her voice is full of emotion, I could listen all night. Tonight that vocal confidence leads to a strong presence on stage and it’s hard to look elsewhere. To my ears there are strong influences from Kate Bush and Tori Amos in the writing and we can’t forget their brilliant cover of Massive Attack’s Teardrop. But whereas last time this song turned the set around, tonight, it could’ve been left out and the crowd would still loved every minute of the set. The new single When You Wake Up is a bass driven pop song that the crowd loves.
Secret Tsunami are here to launch their new EP “Summit”. Frontman Casey Dean describes the sound early in the set as “Pirish” – Pirate Irish. You can’t help but want to do a jig with a flagon in your hand. With string section of Rachel Snow (violin) and Amy Ryan (cello), brilliant rhythm section featuring Jarrad Will (bass) and Sean Whitehead (drums) and Shannon Ryan (guitars) it is a band loaded with immense talent. Playing the recent single Negative Publicity, along with crowd favourite Goodbye My Old Friend the band clearly know how to put on a show. They are energetic and the interaction is some of the best I’ve seen on top of this Dean is well versed in the art of crowd interaction and gets a laugh and a cheer between every song, and sometimes even mid song. Singer/songwriter Mel Wilkinson joins to play trumpet of the cover of the Pearl Jam track Not For You and Dean’s fellow Engine 37 bandmate Shane Evans also joins him for a duet late in the set.
Photos by: Dan Stone
Review by Dan Stone. Photos by Kate Wehl
Having toured Japan numerous times with his band Lucy’s Crown, Japan Music Festival promoter Sonny King knows his Japanese bands, and for the inaugural festival he has managed to score four of the best.
Early up is solo guitarist/noisemaker Sparky Quano. Hard to pin to a single genre Quano fuses rock, experimental, prog styles together with the aid of a loop pedal this artist would be well matched on the same bill as Melbourne’s own Tim McMillan. The Esplanade Hotel Front Bar crowd are treated to a cacophony of sounds in a set that seems to finish before it even began, something for me that is a great sign.
It’s not often you see bands actually sticking to the quick set changeovers, however, these bands seem to have it down to a fine art. Within five minutes the second band of the night, Kaimokujisho are set up and ready to go. This three piece (guitar, drums and vocals) take the stage with a bang. Vocalist Natsumi Nishida is hooded as they entertain the crowd with the pop rock sounds. The first thing I really notice compared to local bands is the stage performance, especially of the vocalists (this is evident in the latter set by JILL especially). Roaming the stage Nishida, while not really smiling, gives a strong visual and vocal performance backed by powerful drumming from Tetsuya Ueda and the sprawling guitars of Yuuki Takahashi.
J-Alt band 101A are next up. The sound is a mix of industrial, shoegaze and grunge. Vocalist/guitarist Noah may be small in stature but is big on presence and sound. Her voice is whimsical, while bassist The K drives the sound with his fuzzed out bass. They get the reasonably sized and so far fairly subdued Front Bar stage grooving along. There are shouts of “One more song” as their set comes to an end.
The highlight of the night for me however was the final band of the night, JILL. Driving drums, melodic basslines and dirty guitars all fronted by the mesmerising Eri. This band is all about the show and their frontwoman sure knows how to entertain. She flirts and teases the crowd throughout the playful set including telling the photographers, with a smile on her face and a laugh, not to take photos in broken English as she attempts to take a seat on the edge of the stage in her short dress. Followed up by singing amongst the crowd, singling out Get Shot’s own Kate Wehl and another young man. Along with the visual performance that many a local band could learn from, Eri also has a powerful voice. From sweet melodies to straight up rock she is a star. The set, and the night, come to too soon an end. I would definitely head back out and see these bands again, especially 101A and JILL. The night was a great mix of super talented bands and a great introduction to J-Rock for anyone who hasn’t been exposed to it previously. Congrats to King and his team and, personally, I look forward to the next installment!
Review By: Dan Stone
Photography By: Kate Wehl
West Aussie hard rockers Hailmary are stoked to announce that Mick Quee, bassist with the legendary Australian rockers Dead City Ruins will be joining Hailmary on their forthcoming “Navigate The Sunrise” EP Release Tour.
Hailmary singer/songwriter Kevin Curran had this to say, “We’ve been without a permanent bass player for 9 months, and whilst the search continues, we couldn’t think of a better bloke and such a highly rated player as Mick to jump onboard this tour with us. Huge thanks to the lads from Dead City Ruins for lending Mick. Bring it on!!”
Quee brings a wealth of live experience to the table having done 3 European tours and 200 shows with Dead City Ruins including the recent 29 date support of Skid Row and Ugly Kid Joe through 12 European countries, a slot they are also filling when the latter two tour Australia this April.
While dates for Hailmary’s 16 date tour won’t be announced until April 14, you can catch both bands when they perform at The Beat Nightclub in Perth on April 16 along with The Scalphunters.
Keep your eyes right here for that announcement.
Story by John Snelson
Tonight on Get Shot Radio - it was a special edition featuring Rhythm Section Management musicians Jon Howell and Ryan van Gennip and their stable of artists under management and promotion.
Whereas this was an exclusive style of show, it was clearly focused on promoting Australian music and artists and local performers – that’s what we do here on Get Shot radio – feature the music that inspires us and local Australian artists and their work.
The Show featured music from
- Cass Eager & The Velvet Rope
- Chase The Sun
- Claude Hay & The Gentle Enemies
- Joanne Shaw Taylor
- Lachy Doley
- Lloyd Spiegel
- Marshal Okell (see right – photo by John Snelson
- Owen Campbell; and
- The Widowbirds
You can play all the tracks from the program and see some videos of the bands actually performing these songs (where they exist) right here https://www.facebook.com/getshotmag/app_147407861949465
If you missed the show or would like to hear it all again – how did we cram so much quality into a fun show …. find out on right here on this recording of the whole show Get Shot Radio #065 – Jon Howell & Ryan van Gennip – Rhythm Section Management.
Baby Animals @ Alex Hills Hotel
Words and Photo’s: Matt Young
The Baby Animals swept into town yet again, this time on their Feed The Birds II tour, and the venue this time around was the Alex Hills Hotel.
The Baby Animals are really making up for lost time and milking every drop of momentum they can it would seem after releasing “comeback” album This Is Not The End in 2013. After two visits to Brisbane last year, Suze DeMarchi and crew were already back in 2014 to tear it up.
The Baby Animals are a monster of a live band. On their day, very few groups in this country can touch them. They’re that good. Guitarist Dave Leslie is hands down one the best axemen that this country has ever produced. The man shreds! With “new boys” Dario Bortolin and Mick Skelton now firmly embedded in the band, the Baby Animals are once again a solidified unit capable of blistering performances.
A surprisingly small crowd however were on hand to hear the band play tracks off all three of their studio albums. Maybe it was the suburban location or perhaps punters have simply had their fill, either way it was a disappointingly sparse crowd in attendance.
“Rush You”, “Painless”, “Don’t Tell Me What To Do”, “Bonfires”, “Under Your Skin”, “Things That Make You Stay” and “Email” all get a run tonight amongst others. And as per usual the band sound great, but lack a little spark tonight I suspect. Perhaps the crowd size is a factor.
Make no mistake though, the people who were there lapped up all that was on offer with delight. Both new and old fans alike never leave a Baby Animals show disappointed. Why? Because the Baby Animals are the real deal. Say no more.
More info: Facebook/babyanimalsmusic
Review by Dan Stone. Photos by Kate Wehl
JERICCO with Dead in a Second, The Reasons Why and Shortfall – 28 March 2014 – Gershwin Room, The Espy
About 6 months ago I saw JERICCO play the Front Bar of the Esplanade Hotel. A technical issue early in their set that night really threw them and their show never recovered. They lacked flow and while musically they were good, as a show, it didn’t live up to everything I had heard. I was hoping that 6 months would work wonders.
Opening the night were locals Shortfall. Made up of brothers, Simon, Chris and Mark Borg and Andrew Downing these guys have been kicking around the scene for a few years now, with the 3 brothers having played together for a lot longer. Personally, I expected more given some of the shows these guys are doing.
Following on from Shortfall were grunge rock band The Reasons Why. Their style didn’t seem to really fit the bill. They lacked stage presence, aside from their bassist who seemed to have the energy for the entire band. Singer/guitarist Scotty Bell has a great voice but tonight they missed the mark.
The night wasn’t looking very good so far and there seems to be a fair bit of hype around main support Dead in a Second from Sydney. They remind me of late 90s/early 2000 bands such as Superheist and Another Race and for me that is the problem. There is nothing new here and after their first few songs, while it grooved, their rap/rock/prog sound got tired and I found myself checking the time over and over again.
In the last 6 months, JERICCO have replaced 2 guitarists with 1, the exceptionally talented and experienced Kristian Vidakovic on guitar and backing vocals. From the very first note it was clear that this was a completely different band to the one I had seen in late 2013. They were more confident on stage, their sound was tight and their presence was astounding. Frontman Brent McCormick, with his Peter Garrett-esque movements delivers superbly on vocals. Blending almost spoken word poetry to a sublime singing voice, there is an intensity that was missing previously and you can’t help but be drawn to him. Roy Amar on bass is a pure musician and showman. Almost frenetic on stage his skill as a musician, not just a bassist, shows when he plays the Oud late in the set. On drums, Aiden King, appears to have a newfound confidence. With none of the technical difficulties he suffered on the previous occasion he thunders through the set, driving the band through a phenomenal set showcasing many popular tracks as well as a new track penned by newest member Vidakovic. The track is heavy and the response from the small (thanks in part to 30 Seconds to Mars playing the same night) but vocal crowd vindicates the direction the band is heading and the decisions they have made.
JERICCO talk of a new album to be released later this year and I for one cannot wait to hear the results. In 6 months this band has gone from being just another band to one that has the potential to crack into and beyond the next level. Expect great things over the next 18 months and on.
JERICCO and Dead in a Second “SWARM” tour hits NSW on the following dates:
April 11 – The Bald Faced Stag, Sydney
April 12 – Great Northern, Newcastle.
Review By: Dan Stone
Photography By: Kate Wehl