Saturday March 1st, 2014
Bonython Park, Adelaide
By Kayla Schultz
Soundwave festival had once again arrived in Adelaide on Saturday for its second to last show for the year. The day started to heat up quickly as thousands of happy music fans flocked to Bonython Park.
After getting through the gates and taking a look around the signing tent, I wandered over to watch the first few songs from Real Friends. Their crowd was small but lively, as the Illinois five piece started the day off with a dose of pop-punk goodness.
I headed over to catch Mayday Parade open Stage 3 however sound/microphone problems caused some difficulties in hearing vocalist Derek Sanders over the rest of the band. Luckily the majority of their listeners knew all the words, creating for a ‘choir of voices’ sing along set with songs such as ‘Ghosts’, ‘When You See My Friends’ and ‘Jersey’.
Being a bit on the shorter side, I was in amongst a taller crowd waiting between Stage 3 and the annex beside it, so I didn’t actually see The Story So Far, but what I heard of them was enjoyable. The double stages this year allowed for less sound check/waiting time between bands. As soon as one band finished on one stage, the next band started on the other, helping the day run smoothly.
As the beginning of ‘Don’t Pray for Me’ kicked into gear, fans prepared themselves as Asking Alexandria took to the stage. Playing a mixture of old favourites and some new material from their latest album ‘From Death to Destiny’, the set really helped display the evolution of Danny Worsnop’s voice and scream. Okay, so he can’t exactly scream like he could in ‘Stand Up and Scream’, but that didn’t stop the band playing songs such as ‘Final Episode (Let’s Change the Channel)’. It was throughout the newer songs that Worsnop’s voice shone, sounding more comfortable with the rockier tone. The pit was hectic and after the first two songs up front, I moved a little further back to enjoy the rest of the 40 minute set which I think many people will agree, just wasn’t long enough! Please don’t wait another two years before coming back boys!
Along with the impressive international acts brought over for the festival, it was great to see Australian acts get their names on the line up too, showcasing some of the great talent this country has to offer. The first two Aussie acts, I saw for the day were Deez Nuts and In Hearts Wake who were hitting up sheltered stages 6A and B. Fans of both bands respectively unique hardcore/metalcore tunes were leaping at the opportunity to throw in a mosh and kick up some dirt, which created a feeling of it being just a party of friends under a big blue tent.
Back out into the sun I went as I made my way over to the main stages to get a good spot for A Day to Remember. After only touring here just last July, A Day to Remember are definitely no strangers to Aussie shores. We love them over here! The set was filled 5 albums worth of crowd favourites which saw Jeremy McKinnon in a massive inflatable ball ‘crowd rolling’ during ‘Its Complicated’ and a heap of toilet paper being thrown around in ‘All Signs Point to Lauderdale’. This was finally a chance to hear some of the bands newer songs from ‘Common Courtesy’ which sounded fantastic live! They may have closed with song ‘Downfall of Us All’ but after that performance my spirit was still definitely up high.
I quickly ran back over to stage 6 to see the remainder of Suicide Silence. Soundwave has been the band’s first lot of shows since the tragic passing of vocalist Mitch Lucker in late 2012, but new vocalist Eddie Hermida and the band did not disappoint, giving a great performance that I’m sure Mitch would have been proud of. I will look forward to hearing their new album when it is released later this year.
The sunshine was slowly finally beginning to subside and I decided to relax a bit and wander around the stages for a bit, listening to Terror and Dream On, Dreamer before even going over to see the great Rob Zombie doing his thing over on the far stage. As it was getting later into the evening, there were many smaller acts having to compete against the likes of Korn, Rob Zombie, Avenged Sevenfold, and of course headliners Green Day. It was impressive to see these smaller bands hold their own and most of them still pull decent crowds.
The Ghost Inside played a tight set, which I managed to catch the end of after walking back to the tent. Pennsylvanian metalcore band, Motionless in White were up next, playing songs mostly from latest album ‘Infamous’ with the addition of crowd favourite ‘Immaculate Misconception’ from their first album ‘Creatures’. The atmosphere was dark and eerie for the entire set however the mood did not dull once. Vocalist Chris Motionless thanked the crowd for sticking around to listen before the band closed with another older favourite ‘Abigail’.
To conclude my evening, I decided on watching Letlive. I hadn’t heard much of their music before soundwave however I had heard nothing but great things about them in these past few months, all of which were definitely correct. Front man Jason Butler screamed and threw himself around the stage the entire 40 minutes like an unstoppable force. The crowd rewarded the band with a circle pit as wide, if not wider than the stage. A very energetic and intense show with many of Butler’s lyrics holding a tight grasp on me and many others I’m sure. After that performance, Letlive had gained at least one new fan.
Of course with so many bands being packed into one huge day, it was impossible to see all of the bands I was looking forward to seeing, however every act that I did see were enjoyable and did a fantastic job in proving exactly why they belonged on the bill in the first place.
Sore and slightly sunburn, I left Bonython Park still buzzing with as much excitement as I had at the beginning of the day. Hopefully next year’s line-up will be just as impressive. Bring on Soundwave 2015!