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17-Apr-2011

Bald Faced Stag Hotel, Sydney
April 8, 2011
Supports: Stolen Youth, Homeward Bound, Capacapo
Review and pix by Brendan Delavere

There is something very enticing about Sydney pub’s as venues, whether it be the cheaper than regular venue priced beers, never having to line up for entry or the fact that I can witness some spectacular talent for next to nothing. Tonight was no different; I received two international acts, three local supports and a beer, all for less that $50. How often do you come by that?

First to grace the small stage of the Bald Faced Stag were Sydney locals, Capacapo. My first reaction to this dread-locked four piece went the way of "Where have you been all my life?" In their half hour set they pumped out no less than 13 ska-infused punk tracks, many of which were off their EP which they proceeded to hand out for free to punters.

Unfortunately Homeward Bound were missed due to this reviewer tucking into some dinner out in the beer garden, though I am informed the band put on an excellent performance; alas not moving the crowd as much as anticipated.

Songs focused more on politically charged lyrics, laden with breakdowns and heavy bass lines are becoming more and more of an emerging trend within the metalcore scene these days, and Adelaide locals Stolen Youth were not helping this trend in any way. Gruff vocals, lyrics based around issues of the stolen generation, the necessities of war, politics and the government were the forefront of Stolen Youth’s agenda. Aiding in the defence of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange also seemed a hot topic for this young band. While not differing in any way to a number of other bands perusing the local scene, the boys for one did know how to write a decent riff. Fortunately there were a few standout moments amongst the breakdowns and cringe-worthy lyrics.

Is this the shape of punk to come? Mid 30’s guys still screaming "Fuck the pigs"? If that’s that case, then this reviewer is fine with that. Blasting out of the stable in a burst of energy and a ‘don’t give a shit’ attitude were Sweden’s AC4, fronted by the enigmatic Dennis Lyxzen, (Refused, The (International) Noise Conspiracy). Gaining their name after the area code in which they reside, the band created a whirlwind of noise from the get go, never letting up and ever full of energy.

Tonight’s set consisted largely of tracks cut from their recent self-titled release, as well a number from their debut self titled 7" EP. "I Wanna Go", "Fuck the Pigs" and "Detonate" all had the crowd climbing over the top of each other to get to a star jumping Lyxzen. "Pigs Lose" and "Coptown" rounded out the anti-authority side of things. With no track reaching the two minute mark, their 40 minute set covered the majority of their back catalogue, and with that the band dropped their guitars and were done, leaving the crowd to gather their senses, grab a beer and return for the next onslaught of short, fast, loud.

Headlining this event are New York City’s anarcho/ska punkers Star Fucking Hipsters, featuring Stza (Leftover Crack) on vocals/guitar. They have been labelled a punk supergroup of sorts, though it’s noted they have a revolving door of band members. Having only recently replaced Nico de Gaillo, who suddenly departed early this year, with Kelsey on vocals , the band seemed fresh and eager to play, blasting away in true punk fashion. This being Kelsey’s fifth show to date, it is unfortunate to say that her vocals were not up to par with former long serving vocalist Nico’s, but that’s not to say the fireball vocalist didn’t try to tear the room apart.

Only fifteen minutes into the set did the crowd grow restless with Kelsey’s failing vocals and Stza’s ever growing lack of enthusiasm in performing. This lead to members of the audience hurling abuse, plastic cups and of all things, coins. This certainly did not go down well with said band members, leading to Stza to drop his guitar and depart the stage in a huff. Several minutes followed and Stza rejoined his band on stage, only to announce his hatred for performing in Sydney, and of Sydney audiences. This rage-filled rant did not please the crowd, and to add fuel to the fire, numerous songs were cut from the set. Finally it all seemed to settle down for the moment before the band launched into "Severance Pay", before closing their short lived set with a violent rendition of Choking Victim’s "500 Channels".

Overall this reviewer enjoyed the show, but a lot of punters were left with a feeling of being ripped off.




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