The Used / Taking Back Sunday
21st of August 2014
By Kayla Schultz
When it comes to live shows, The Used and Taking Back Sunday are seasoned professionals. Having had careers spanning 13 and 15 years respectively, both bands have been dominating the United States with co-headlining dates this year. Now, they were finally here in Australia and Adelaide was lucky enough to be the first city to welcome them back with a sold out show!
Corpus got the night started and warmed up the crowd who had already managed to get through the door. The Sydney duo displayed a performance that one could call ‘post hardcore meets hair frenzy’, with both vocalist and guitarist, Keiron Steel and drummer Jack Bruun-Hammond having quite long hair. All the more hair to head bang with right?
Taking Back Sunday played a mix of old and new tracks, kicking things off with ‘Stood A Chance’ from their latest album ‘Happiness Is’ before taking us back a few years to ‘Louder Now’ with ‘Liar (It Takes One to Know One)’. Adam Lazzara impressed the crowd with his microphone tricks and entertained us with his comments on the importance of compression socks on long flights. Songs like ‘Better Homes and Gardens’ and ‘Cute without the ‘E’ (Cut from the Team)’ had fans moving along in sing song and an encore of ‘MakeDamnSure’ finished the set on a high.
As lights once again dimmed and the prelude began, the room went absolutely mental and erupted into cheers as The Used took the stage, with vocalist Bert McCracken leading the crowd into their latest hit ‘Cry’. The Used had made sure there was something for everyone, including any new listeners in the crowd, however they were sure to reward their old school, diehard fans with many classics such as ‘I Caught Fire’, ‘All That I’ve Got’ and ‘Buried Myself Alive’. My younger teen-self felt right at home, singing along with the rest of the room. McCracken’s stage presence was outstanding, engaging with and even orchestrating the crowd at one point, while he used the time between songs to reflect on his life experiences and speak about love, politics and freedom.
All too soon, it was announced that the band only had one more song left, finishing with ‘Pretty Handsome Awkward’ however of course they weren’t done yet, shortly returning for a two song encore; starting with McCracken and guitarist Quinn Allman’s emotional acoustic rendition of ‘On My Own’. You are only kidding yourself if you said you couldn’t feel yourself starting to tear up! The rest of the band re-joined on stage for the final song, beginning as the opening of Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ before sailing into the bands own ‘Box Full of Sharp Objects’, finishing with the end of Rage Against the Machines ‘Killing in the Name of’.
It is not every day that we get to witness such a show quite like the one experienced tonight at HQ. The sheer amount of energy that could be felt was amazing. The sing alongs, the clapping and overall movement of the crowd just proved how strong the music community can be in creating a feeling of togetherness. After all these years, both Taking Back Sunday and The Used have proved that they’ve still got it, delivering what can only be described as one unforgettable rock show!