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Live Music Review: AC/DC

AC/DC

The Hives, Kingswood

Adelaide Oval

21st of November 2015

Growing up, I can always remember listening to AC/DC. My parents always had one of their albums around, whether it was in the car or blasting through the speakers at home. I was so excited and happy, even felt honoured to be able to finally see the rock legends play live this year as part of their ‘Rock or Bust’ tour in Adelaide.

Unfortunately we weren’t at Adelaide oval in time to catch young Melbourne band, Kingswood open up the night. Knowing they put on a great show after seeing them at Groovin’ the Moo last year, I hope the early crowd gave them a good audience.

We found ourselves a great viewpoint in Oval A just in time to catch a set from Swedish rockers The Hives. Confident front man Pelle Almquist had moves very ‘Jagger’ like and threw cheeky comments and statements at the crowd, even asking them at one point to yell insults at the band. Their tunes gave rhythm to get you ‘bopping’ along on the spot and their matching attire gave them a very professional look creating a somewhat entertaining performance. At least they eventually managed to get the crowd pumped and ready to go for the main event of the night.

As the intro video played out, the crowd joined with it shouting ‘ANGUS!’ before the stage came alight and alive as AC/DC emerged for title song ‘Rock or Bust’.

Brian Johnson wandered from one side of the stage to the other, while Angus Young did his famous ‘duck walk’ and hopping about like a schoolboy in uniform (literally), proving that age is just a number. The crowd too followed this motto, ranging from some elderly fans among the mostly middle aged group, through to one boy who was a couple of rows in front of us, who would have been no more than 5 years old!

Everyone was happy with the set list full of classics like ‘Back in Black’, ‘Thunderstruck’ ‘High Voltage’ and ‘Hells Bells’ (complete with a giant swinging AC/DC bell). There was head banging and devil horns galore and as the sky grew darker, the stands lit up with glowing and flashing red devil horns headbands, many fans had bought from the merchandise tents beforehand.

The crowd really got dancing and in a sing-along mood with ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ and ‘T.N.T’, preparing themselves for ‘Let There Be Rock’ which featured a guitar solo from Angus, the longest guitar solo I have ever heard, playing over 10 minutes, complete with confetti and the whole stage to himself. The band then rejoined him on stage, through the pyrotechnic flames for the encore of ‘Highway to Hell’ and of course rounding out the evening with ‘For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)’.

While it wasn’t much of a talkative affair between the band and the crowd, it didn’t need to be. We were there to party and rock and that is what we did. Who knows how long it will be until we see AC/DC back in Adelaide, if at all. The night was an incredible ‘Acca Dacca’ experience I will never forget.

Interview: Luke Vaessen of Save the Clock Tower

Interview with Luke Vaessen of Save the Clock TowerSTCT1

With their debut album ‘Wasteland’, just a week away from release, I caught up with vocalist, Luke Vaessen of Tasmania’s Save the Clock Tower to talk about challenges the group has faced and their new album that’s going to help this band from Launceston take the nation and hopefully the rest of the world by storm!

by Kayla Schultz

 

For those who haven’t heard Save the Clock Tower before, how would you describe your sound and what you guys are about as a band?

We call ourselves Post-Hardcore, with influences of metal, rock and punk. We are just about playing aggressive music with meaningful lyrics and trying to connect with each person as best as we can.

 

You’re just about to release your new album Wasteland, what has the reaction been like so far for the couple of songs you’ve already released?

Yeah, really good actually. We’ve been waiting for ages to release the album, even just to release a song from the album and we’ve released two songs now and the feedback received has been really good, so we’re super happy and very excited for people to hear the whole thing!

 

Was there any problems during the recording process of the album?

There were actually a few problems for us. We recorded everything last November and we ended up having to record the guitars a second time due to editing problems and then we ended up recording the vocals three times because there was editing problems…and then our former guitarist left the band, so I had to assume all his main vocal lines that he had done… so it was very challenging the vocals and then by the time we had actually finished, and sent it to Will Putney (who mixed and mastered the album) , which was at the end of February if I remember correctly, he was here in Australia, working on the new Amity record so we had to wait like a month and a half for him to get back and work on the rest of the album so it took a while.

 

Where did the band find inspiration for Wasteland lyrically and musically?

Musically, the guys had been listening to a lot of earlier Post-Hardcore stuff, like early 2000s, and lyrically all the songs are really personal to myself and the former guitarist. We all worked on the lyrics, I mean I worked on a lot of the lyrics myself but everyone helped with how to put them into the songs so you know, everything is really personal but it has been generalised somewhat so people can connect to the meaning.

 

What do you think has been your biggest challenge so far as a band since it first started?

It would probably be being from Tasmania. It might only seem like a small stretch of water but for us to get over (to mainland Australia), you know we either have to fly or catch the boat. We’ve always flown to wherever we play, then we’ve hired a van so that’s probably been the biggest challenge for us, is being from Tasmania, even though it has been a bit of a drawcard for us.

 

What has been your biggest strength as a band and what makes you unique and stand out as one of the most promising upcoming bands in Australia?

I think that our biggest strength is that we always, no matter who we’re playing to or the number of people we are playing to, we will always put in 110%. No matter what, that never changes and we are unique in the way that we write and structure our songs especially from the rest of the metalcore crowd I guess because we are metalcore to a certain degree. We have different elements to try and sound a little bit more than other bands.

 

What’s in store for the band in the next few months?

We have a couple of launch shows in our hometown of Launceston and I know that we will be going away and doing a few weekenders on the mainland and I think we will be visiting Perth for the first time which is really exciting. We’ve got a few other tours lined up for the rest of this year and that’s all we are going to do at the moment, play shows and get out to as many people as we can.

 

You’ve recently finished supporting Betraying the Martyrs on their Australian tour. What was touring with them like?

It was cool. The guys were really nice and supportive of us and I, Valiance from Melbourne were really good and super heavy. It was awesome to watch a band like Betraying the Martyrs because they’ve obviously played for ages in Europe and the states and it was their first time here and to be able to watch them play professionally and see how they play every night was really cool.

 

Can you think back to your first show as a band? Did you ever think you would get to where you are now?

No, definitely not (laughs). My first show with the band was at a football club with a black metal band and a death metal band. It wasn’t really an appropriate bill for us to be on but looking back to that, it really blows my mind about how far we have come and what we have been able to achieve.

 

Where do you hope to see yourself and the band in the next few years?

We really want to be overseas. I know we are looking at going over there sometime next year and hopefully we can get on the touring circuits over there. That’s our main goal at the moment.

 


 

Thank you to Luke for making the time to chat!

Save the Clock Tower’s new album Wasteland is out now via Bullet Tooth and Faction/Sony.

 

You can check out the band on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/savetheclocktowertas

Relic Radiation

In search for some new music? Look no further than Relic Radiation!

Relic Radiation is the New Jersey based solo project of Dan Simoes which also features Mike Simoes. The band just released a self titled EP with a full length album on the way.

The EP is perfect easy listening material for anyone, no matter what genre of music you prefer. It’s pop, it’s progressive rock, It’s alternative, it’s the kind of music that you can listen to, close your eyes and feel like you’ve been transported to a whole different world… and then moments later you’re transported again, giving these songs, real WOW factor!

The tracks of this EP contain many levels and changes in tone, the melodies and soft ‘post rock’ guitar riffs smoothly transition into one another, creating a sense of peace and calmness, almost therapeutic for the mind.

I recommend you have a listen of Relic Radiation. Go in open minded, you might even be surprised!

 

Right now, the EP is available for free download from the bands website: http://relicradiation.com/

You can also check out Relic Radiations Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/relicradiation

Album Review: The Past Is Not Far Behind EP- Ben Draiman

By Kayla SchultzTPINFB- Ben Draiman

For those of you seeking an artist, who is not only unique but also real, look no further than Ben Draiman.

Ben Draiman’s debut EP The Past Is Not Far Behind is a 6 track musical fusion comprised of his calming, soft vocals with smooth piano and electric guitar. Every track embodying powerful yet soothing rock ballad melodies and choruses that capture you, lingering in your memories for days to come.

The rock style of Ben Draiman could be compared to the likes of bands, Threes Days Grace, Daughtry and even the softer material of Stone Sour however it’s the lyrics that make his music truly unique and stand out from other artists. It is clear his heartfelt words have personal meaning to Draiman, the lyrics inducing the very emotion within his audience that the song musically illustrates.

Every listener, big and small can take Draiman’s lyrics to heart and reflect on their own experiences. The Past is Not Far Behind is an enjoyable EP and a perfect addition to any soft rock playlist. Be prepared to hit the repeat button as you will soon find that at 25 minutes in length, this EP just isn’t long enough.

Rating: 9/10