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LIVE MUSIC REVIEW – ASKING ALEXANDRIA

LIVE MUSIC REVIEW –

ASKING ALEXANDRIA

Asking Alexandria

Supported by Blessthefall and Buried in Verona

HQ Adelaide

10th of April 2016

Most people spend their Sundays resting for the long week of work ahead, however that wasn’t the case for the many keen music fans in Adelaide, lining up to catch Asking Alexandria on their first Australian headlining tour. If we had work or school the next day, not a care was given.

Sydney’s Buried in Verona were first up for the night and managed to pull a very decent crowd for an opening act, the crowd giving them plenty of energy in return. Songs like ‘Four Years’ and ‘Dig Me Out’, singled out the fans in the crowd, jumping at the chance to sing along with the words or start a circle pit.

It had been two years since Blessthefall had headlined the Boys of Summer tour in Australia, and with a new album under their belts, I was keen to see them play again. The quintet from Arizona stepped up the intensity with a remix intro before getting into ‘Hollow Bodies’ which sent the crowd wild. Newer songs ‘Walk on Water’ and ‘Dead Air’ made the setlist however it crowds favourites from the previous three albums such as ‘Youngbloods’, ‘Promised Ones’ and ‘What’s Left of Me’ that really got the crowd pumped, that and the fact, front-man Beau Bokan offered a high five to anyone who crowd surfed over the barrier. Bokan had so much energy, bouncing around the stage and spraying the front rows with water, it almost felt as though the stage was just too small for him.  He even fell off at one point trying to climb along the side, however he managed to get back up and carry on without even missing a beat. Asking Alexandria’s cheeky guitarist Ben Bruce added to the entertainment by throwing cups off the side of stage at blessthefall’s guitarist Eric Lambert, just for a laugh. Before too soon it was the end of the set, with one last chance to sing along with the band, they finished off with ‘You Wear a Crown but You’re No King’.

It didn’t seem possible at this point but the intensity levels rose again as the crowd waited anxiously for Asking Alexandria to take the stage. These Australian shows were some of the first shows for the band since the release of their latest album The Black and us Aussies were keen to hear them, especially with new vocalist Denis Stoff.

As soon as the intro started, the floor was filled with a sea of screaming, cheering fans ready to give the band a warm Adelaide welcome and sing along to the opening lines of ‘I Won’t Give In’. ‘Let It Sleep’ and ‘The Black’ also featured in the set and showcased just how much the band has grown and matured musically. While Stoff and ex vocalist Danny Worsnop are two completely different musicians, there are some similarities between the two in terms of vocal styles, especially evident when the band played older material, however Denis Stoff has an incredible vocal range, breathing new life into tracks such as ‘Breathless’, ‘Not the American Average’ and ‘A Prophecy’ which sent the crowd nuts. In my opinion Stoff pulled off these songs a lot better than I have ever seen Worsnop do so live in the past. The entire set was filled with energy and enthusiasm from the band that was fully reciprocated by the crowd. Asking Alexandria thanked their fans and left the stage, only to return shortly after for the encore of ‘The Final Episode (Lets Change the Channel), with the entire room shouting ‘OH. MY. GOD’ at the top of our lungs. It was pretty safe to say everyone left HQ hot and sweaty but happy with a huge smile across their faces (and not just because Ben Bruce showed everyone his nipple). Both Buried in Verona and Blessthefall played great sets and with this being my third time seeing Asking Alexandria, it was their best show yet. The night felt like one huge party that never wanted to end. They did not disappoint Adelaide fans, it was energetic, it was heavy and it was the perfect way to spend a Sunday night.

LIVE MUSIC REVIEW: All Time Low

By Kayla Schultz

While All Time Low are not strangers to Australian shores, having toured here a few other times, most recently as part of Soundwave festival earlier in the year, I was overjoyed when they announced they were playing a headlining tour here in August/September. I had missed them at Soundwave due to All Time Low clashing with another band I had wanted to see so I was really looking forward to finally seeing All Time Low after listening to them for many years. I can assure you they did not disappoint!

All Time Low

 

All Time Low

(with supports All Year Round)

HQ Adelaide

Tuesday 3rd of September

It had been quite a warm day in Adelaide on Tuesday, but that didn’t stop fans of the American pop-punk band All Time Low, lining up at the doors of HQ early in the morning in order to get a good spot for the final show in the bands first ever Australian headlining tour.

By the time the doors finally opened at 8pm, the line was almost around the entire block but that was to be expected, as like all the other shows on their Australian tour, Adelaide had also sold out.

Local Adelaide act, All Year Round were the openers for the night, playing a tight set of catchy pop rock songs. With many people in the crowd not knowing words to their songs, a couple of covers from Paramore and Vengaboys took care of that and got the crowd involved a bit more with some singing and jumping around. All Year Round were very grateful for the opportunity to open for the band that had influenced them and played a great opening set.

The interval between bands seemed to go on forever, however the songs in-between kept everyone singing and buzzing with excitement. By this time, the room was pretty much full of All Time Low fans ready to party, energy levels high.

As All Time Low finally took the stage, they were welcomed by a sea of screaming while opening their set with crowd favourites ‘Lost in Stereo’ and ‘Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t’.

Lead vocalist Alex Gaskarth greeted the crowd along with guitarist Jack Barakat, both who spent time between songs, joking around with the crowd, entertaining them with their cheeky comments. Whatever they said, the crowd went wild, even Barakat saying “smelly armpits” didn’t stop them from screaming, it just led to a conversation about, well… smelly armpits!

By the end of the next two songs, Jack’s microphone stand was the new home to several bras thrown from female fans in the crowd but every All Time Low supporter knows, an All Time Low show is not complete without microphone stands covered in bras.

The band played a balanced set of songs from throughout discography. This included playing two songs about their home of Baltimore ‘Six Feet Under the Stars’ and ‘For Baltimore’. It was then time for a dance party with songs ‘Outlines’ and ‘Time-Bomb’ before playing ‘Back Seat Serenade’.

The time came to a slow for a while, with the rest of the band departing the stage, leaving Alex to play the ‘Remembering Sunday’ with the help of the crowd singing along. ‘Therapy’ had the room’s hands up high, swaying (or holding up a camera/phone to capture the moment). As the rest of the band re-joined All Time Low back on stage for the end of the song, Alex stopped the show for a minute to get a towel for one fan that was bleeding (so caring!), before playing on to the end of the song which by that time, there was not a dry eye in sight.

After another quick break, All Time Low returned back to the stage for an encore of ‘The Reckless and the Brave’ (with the intro to So Long and Thanks for All the Booze) and ‘Weightless’. The closing song for the night was ‘Dear Maria, Count Me In’ and not one person in the crowd was standing still for this song. The energy levels rose again, one last time as Jack Barakat threw his bra collection up in the air before jumping up to the drums to help finish the last part of the song. Alex thanked the crowd, vowing that they would return soon.

At the start of the set, Alex Gaskarth had promised that everyone would have a good time that night and get what they paid to see. It’s pretty safe to say that promise was definitely kept and the crowd got everything they paid to see and more with All Time Low delivering a great, entertaining and quite memorable performance.

All Time Low’s full set list for the show below

1. Lost in Stereo

2. Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t)

3. Coffee Shop Soundtrack

4. Somewhere In Neverland

5. Six Feet Under the Stars

6. For Baltimore

7. Heroes

8. Stella

9. If These Sheets were the States

10. Outlines

11. Time-Bomb

12. Backseat Serenade

13. Remembering Sunday

14. Therapy

Encore

15. The Reckless and the Brave (with So Long and Thanks for All the Booze intro)

16. Weightless

17. Dear Maria, Count Me In