Reviewed by Kayla Schultz
The Boys of Summer tour certainly lived up to its name this week, with the summer weather being felt around the country [Adelaide being no exception]. The temperature was probably still in the 30s as a surprisingly small group of hardcore fans waited patiently outside.
Post-hardcore locals – and opening act – Emecia are entertaining to watch; kicking the night off with a formidable stage presence.
Prepared Like A Bride appeared to have some people familiar with their work, with a few kids moshing here and there throughout their set. A Rage Against the Machine cover finally woke the place up a bit and at least got the barrier crowd moving. Be prepared to be hearing more from this band in the near future with their debut album Overcomer being released in just a couple of weeks.
By now, the room had begun to fill up, creating a bigger crowd as The Color Morale hit the stage. The band have become known for their positive messages within their music and the inspirational speeches from vocalist, Garret Rapp had the room cheering. Although confined to a slightly small stage, the boys from Chicago made use of every bit of space which was certainly needed for the guitar swinging that was witnessed. I hadn’t heard much from the Color Morale going into this show, but I think they now have a new fan.
As soon as Blessthefall took their place on stage, everyone knew it was time to party! The band had armed themselves with contagious energy and a set list mixed with old favourites such as ‘What’s Left of Me’ along with new songs including ‘You Wear A Crown, But You’re No King’ and ‘Hollow Bodies’.
Jumping, circle pits, head banging and chanting were all part of the fun, with the band executing each new song perfectly and proving why their latest album ‘Hollow Bodies’ has put them on the metalcore map. Front man, Beau Bokan seemed to never run short of breath, leaping and bouncing around the stage, engaging with fans and mucking around with his fellow band members. He even disappeared for a short moment mid set, only to reappear with a water pistol loaded to water down the front row.
Time flew too soon and before we knew it, the boys were closing their set with ‘Youngbloods’ before exiting the stage, only to return shortly after for an encore of ‘Awakening’ followed by ‘Promised Ones’ ; and with Bokan giving the crowd one final salute, the night had ended on a high.