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LIVE MUSIC REVIEW- SOUNDWAVE 2015 DAY ONE

SOUNDWAVE 2015 DAY ONE

Bonython Park, Adelaide

21/02/2015

 

To say the weather was hot in Adelaide last weekend is a complete understatement, however many avid music fans still made their way to Bonython Park to give Soundwave a decent send off, after it was announced that the festival was unlikely to return to Adelaide in 2016.

As the gates opened I hurried in and headed straight for the signing tent, before walking around and familiarising myself with the stages, (good idea since the stage numbers and set up didn’t exactly match the maps that were being handed out!)

Other years I have had to run all over the place all day in order to catch all the bands I wanted to see. This year, it was nice to wander around for a bit and absorb in the atmosphere as the park woke up and the first bands of the day started to play. I found myself grooving along to a bit of Area 7 before checking out Patent Pending, who were playing their pop punk tunes for the first time ever down under. Definitely a band worth checking out!

Back to the main stage, my first full set of the day was Hollywood Undead who filled the field with their mixes of hip hop and rock.The sun didn’t appear to defeat the fans or the bands performance one bit but I bet those boys were sweating under those masks!

MCR fans swarmed in to see the band’s ex-frontman Gerard Way strut his solo stuff on the mainstage a little later in the day. I am not as familiar with his solo work as I am with his former band but Way did a good job and can put on a good show. I slightly hoped that he would break out into ‘Welcome to the Black Parade‘ or something mid-way through. I know, My Chemical Romance have been broken up nearly two years and I’m still not over it!

After missing Crown the Empire at the Adelaide Warped tour in 2013 due to timetable clashes, I wasn’t going to let myself miss them this time! Playing to a decent crowd, the band’s set list mainly consisted of songs from their latest album The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways. ‘Machines’ was definitely a highlight although a few older hits like ‘The One You Feed’ and ‘Memories of a Broken Heart’ thrown in would have been perfect.

The crowd around stage 5 appeared to evaporate, (probably to get out of the heat) which left Sleepwave to play to a fairly disappointing sized group. Going into their set, I knew of the band but had not really listened to them beforehand. Vocalist Spencer Chamberlain (formerly of Underoath) tried his best to get people who were sitting under the trees up off their feet and the band managed to have a few more listeners by the end of their set. The band have at least one new fan however as I really liked their sound and thoroughly enjoyed the performance. Another band I definitely recommend listening to!

The Color Morale were one band I had been looking forward to seeing all day. Garret Rapp is an awesome motivational and inspirational vocalist who really works the crowd well and the energy both the band and the crowds put into their shows is amazing.  Fans leapt at the chance to throw themselves around and head bang to songs like ‘Suicide; Stigma’ and ‘Learned Behaviour’. I was almost taken out by a crowd surfer after their scuffle with the security guards but I survived. So worth it to be at barrier for one of my favourite bands.

As the weather was slowly beginning to cool down, it was time for me to wander back over to the signing tent and meet the guys in The Color Morale, making sure to thank them for putting on an awesome performance. They were truly some of the nicest and most genuine guys who you can tell are sincerely grateful for all the support they receive and the opportunity to play their music around the world.

When Falling in Reverse were announced they were playing Soundwave this year, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who shouted FINALLY! It’s been a long time coming for the band, after spending the past few years not making it any further than the rumoured list. It was great to finally see Falling In Reverse on Australian soil not to mention the crowd rocking out to their entire set including songs like ‘Alone’ that had been so heavily criticised when it was released for being so different and experimental. Whether he sings, raps, screams or growls, vocalist Ronnie Radke can perform live really well and now that he is allowed in the country, hopefully we will get to see the band more often!

As the sun started to set, the field of the main stages was the perfect place to sit and chill out to Soundgarden before watching the last sets of the day.

Stage 3 headliners New Found Glory had my full and undivided attention for the final slot of the evening, showing us all that even after 18 years as a band, they still know how to put on a good show, even better, they know what songs to play! The crowd went crazy from the get go, even for newer tracks like ‘Selfless’ and ‘Resurrection’. The band even threw in their cover of Sixpence None the Richer’s ‘Kiss Me’ but of course it was classics like ‘All Down Hill From Here’ and ‘My Friends Over You’ that got the greatest reaction.

An enjoyable ending to fun packed day one of Soundwave!

 

 

Live Music Review: Soundwave 2014

soundwave-2014-lineupSaturday 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!

Soundwave Excitement

So Soundwave will hit Adelaide in just a few days (4 sleeps to be exact) and I still haven’t perfected my timetable for the day yet! Last year I was way more organised than this but there’s just too many bands I want to have a listen to/have to see

It is looking a little like this so far…

-Mayday Parade – I can listen to this band when I’m happy, sad, whenever really. I’m hoping along with a few of their new songs, they play some old fan favourites!

-The Story So Far – I have only really just got into this band but I have heard nothing but good things about them so it will be interesting to see if they deliver.

-Asking Alexandria – I’ve been a fan of these guys for years and have been looking forward to seeing them come back here since I saw them last in 2011 when they supported The Amity Affliction. Can’t wait to hear how they execute some of the new songs off their killer new album!

-Panic! At the Disco/In Hearts Wake (Haven’t decided yet!) – Due to the fact I’ve seen IHW three times in the past two years, I’m heading more towards seeing Panic!

-A Day To Remember – One of the best live acts I have seen to date! ADTR’s new album was one of the best releases last year and I have no doubt they will put on a memorable performance.

-Breathe Carolina (I’ll see the tail end of their set maybe) – Not an overly huge fan of some of their older material but their new album is going to be smashing in my opinion. I’ve had ‘Sellouts’ on repeat for almost a week now.

-Suicide Silence – This is the band’s first tour back together since the tragic passing of Mitch Lucker and I have heard they have been playing great sets in the other Aussie cities with their new vocalist Eddie Hermida. It will be great to finally see these guys perform live especially since they are one of the first bands that got me into the music I listen to today.

– Motionless In White – I missed them play Soundwave in 2012 and I really don’t want to miss them again!

-Letlive – Another band I am only fairly new to however, I hear of this band everywhere. Jason Butler is being called one of the best frontmen around and their live performances sound like energy central, so really why wouldn’t I go check them out?!

-I Killed the Prom Queen/Avenged Sevenfold – Again, I’ve seen IKTPQ before and although it would be great to see them live again, I’ve heard great things about Avenged Sevenfold’s stage performances.

*This will probably change again in the next few days but oh well I am excited and keen to attend my 2nd ever Soundwave and it has the hard challenge of beating last years event since last years was honestly nothing short of amazing (with a minor exception to missing Pierce the Veil)

BRING ON SATURDAY!

I will hopefully have a review up early next week or at least a very detailed recount of the day!

Live Music Review: The Boys of Summer Tour

The Boys of Summer tourThe Boys of Summer tour

Blessthefall

The Color Morale/ Prepared Like a Bride/ Emecia

Fowlers Live

Friday 17th of January 2014

By Kayla Schultz

Written for Push to Fire

 

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.