21-Jul-2012 The HiFi, Moore Park (Sydney)
July 12, 2012
Supports: Redcoats, sleepmakeswaves
Review and pix by Brendan Delavere
Tonight was only my second outing to the newly refurbished Hifi Bar and I was still on the fence regarding my opinion about the place. Opening the night’s proceedings were post-rockers sleepmakeswaves who wove delicate melodies, layered riffs and pounding drums into intricate soundscapes. Every song is an acid trip of intertwined riffs, cascading over one another before crashing in a crescendo of noise. Though devoid of vocals on record, guitarist Otto Wicks-Green still lent his wretched voice to the tracks, screaming out, barely audible above the drums. With one final crash, they were done.
Up next, and in stark contrast to the opening act, Triple J darlings Redcoats delivered a set of fuzzed out rock and roll. Huge riffs, massive bass lines and ballsy vocals from Emilio sporting tighter torn jeans than Bon Scott himself. The audience favoured the Jays upstarts, getting into the groove and applauding gratuitously for Hottest 100 single "Dreamshaker" and second single "Kaytrucker". Showcasing a new song in the way of "Raven" was a fuzzed out blues explosion of a set closer.
After a long wait and an over-priced beer, Karnivool finally took the stage, led by the enigmatic Ian Kenny and drenched in minimal light, the band slowly formed a building riff of opening track "Change Pt 1" before hammering into the tribal drum beats of "Change Pt 2". This tour is built around showcasing songs from their forthcoming album. First of these new songs was the defiantly heavy "The Refusal", followed soon after by a plethora of favourites: "Goliath", "Simple Boy" and the raucous "Cote". Kenny was on fire tonight, moving about the stage like a snake, ever watchful, never missing a note, whilst Steve Judd on drums was a flurry of movement. Jon Stockman on bass and Mark Hosking on guitar held down the other end of the rhythm section.
Two more as of yet unnamed new songs appeared midway in the set, both with heavy riffs and dense layering, coupled with Judd’s intense drumming and Kenny’s signature vocal strike show that the band are moving the music in a more dynamic point of view. They demonstrated a mix of Themata-era crunchy guitars riffs and the more recent prog feel of Sound Awake.
Closing with "Roquefort" before returning to the stage for the final encore of "Aeons", "Themata" and the intricate "New Day", the audience were left in bewilderment of the power that is Karnivool, and I was left bewildered as to why it was decided that they were to finish their set at 12:45am, and so I started my arduous journey down the small corridor of the HiFi.
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