Supported by Chelsea Grin, Stick to Your Guns and In Hearts Wake
Reviewed by Kayla Schultz
The air around Thebarton Theatre is buzzing with excitement tonight, as hardcore music fans scramble into the venue to get the best spot for the massive night ahead of them. Like Melbourne, the Adelaide show of the ‘Brothers In Arms’ tour had also sold out and being early was the key to getting the best seat (or standing position) in the house.
Byron Bay’s In Hearts Wake opened for the night – doing Australia proud with favourites such as ‘Traveller’ and ‘Departure’ from their 2012 debut album ‘Divination’ – before throwing in their latest single ‘Skydancer’. Last time I saw these guys perform was on a small stage supporting Northlane at the Cavern, but now seeing them playing here puts into perspective how far they’ve come in the past year.
Californian hardcore outfit Stick to Your Guns were next to take the stage, providing a set list packed with energy and soul. However, it wasn’t just their songs that made the set memorable. Vocalist Jesse Barnett makes a series of deep, empowering speeches about life and turning negatives into positives in between songs – his words sticking like glue in not only my mind, but the minds of many others.
American deathcore six piece Chelsea Grin aren’t exactly the easiest band for everyone to sing/scream along to, however their constant supply of breakdowns kept security guards busy while the crowd moshed/crowd surfed their hearts out.
By time The Amity Affliction were ready to take to the stage, the theatre was at capacity. As the band appeared, the crowd moved closer to the front, closing the gaps, making for a sweaty sea of people. The band launch straight into ‘Greens Avenue’ – capturing every fans attention and voices from that moment on.
The set list is a perfect mix of songs – the band smashing out hit after hit – with energetic fans singing and chanting along to every word. Comprising a mixture of tracks such as ‘Youngbloods’, ‘R.I.P Bon’, old favourite ‘Fruity Lexia’ from ‘Severed Ties’ [not to mention a cover of Lana Del Reys ‘Born to Die’ ], the night comes to a close with ‘Chasing Ghosts’. However a show is never complete without the chanting of ‘one last song!’ – with the band returning to the stage for ‘Open Letter’.
For some, this tour was the last chance to see The Amity Affliction before they spend most of next year touring overseas and returning to the studio to record album number four. The band certainly made the night memorable and provided a mere taste of what they will unleash during Warped Tour in December.