09-Oct-2012 Annandale Hotel, Annandale (Sydney)
September 29, 2012
Supports: Blacklisted, Perspectives
Review and pix by Brendan Delavere
I say it every time: I will never attend an all ages hardcore gig. But once again, here I am surrounded by teens sporting all manner of fluoro vomit band tees. Northern beaches post hardcore quintet Perspectives, warmed the crowd up with a fast paced set of heavy riffs, harmonies and melodic hardcore, minus the breakdowns. Despite the energy put forward from the band, the crowd seemed hesitant to participate, with only a handful of punters moving about during closing songs "Marking Time" and "B&A".
Playing their first of two sets today, Philadelphia five piece Blacklisted fronted the stage and whipped the crowd into frenzy. Frenetic riffs, pounding drumbeats and a guttural roar courtesy of burly front man George Hirsch had the kids scrambling over each other, screaming lyrics in his face. Unfortunately, it was all over as frantically as it began.
Sneaking in a quick beer out back in the beer garden, I was disappointed to discover that Defeater were due to start the same time as the AFL grand final.
Having broken his foot a week earlier, it was amazing to see vocalist Derek Archambault owning the stage, spitting forth lyrics while the crowd responded with constant movement and stage dives. "Cemetery Walls" saw band and audience fling themselves from one side to the other, never once letting up. Mid way through the set, the band departed leaving only Derek and an acoustic guitar to bring some calm to the storm with "I Don’t Mind". Returning to the stage, Defeater performed a rockier version of "But Breathing" before finishing with "No Kind of Home". The all ages crowd hung off every word, raising their voices and fists in unison and with that the band departed, no encore, just a ragged, hoarse crowd and one of the most well behaved all ages gig I have attended. Maybe enough to sway my opinion of them.
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