Thank you John
by Jonathan Vallone
The energy was certainly buzzing in Brisbane on Friday night, with groups of people of all ages wondering the streets and having the time of their lives. The Hi-Fi was the place to be however, with Melbourne’s very own The Bamboos kicking off their Australian tour off the back of their recently released ‘Fever In The Road’, being released earlier in November. The mood was perfect whilst the crowd began rolling into the venue, with old school Arctic Monkeys throughout the night (obviously getting people ready for their tour in May). The first bass line from support band OXBLVD was enough to get the attention of the room, delivering a killer opening set. Their second last song was a cover of Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots Are Made For Walkin” which involved everybody in the room singing along. Their closing song was the highlight of their set, as they asked everyone if they wanted to dance, to please come down to the front; in which the audience did. Couples gathered down the front, strangers grabbed random girls from the audience and they all had the time of their lives.
It wasn’t long before The Bamboos hit the stage, and every single person in the room was mentally and physically prepared for what was in store. One by one, each member of The Bamboos stepped on stage, met by a roaring applause, with Lance Ferguson being the last to enter. The opening chords of 'Rats' began, with singer Kylie Auldist entering the stage singing the first lines. Kylie’s on-stage presence was inspiring, as she is clearly taking in every moment and keeping everybody dancing, not letting anything faze her. Kylie went on to sing ’Cut Me Down’ and ‘Leave Nothing Behind’, only to leave the stage and bring on the beautiful, sultry Ella Thompson, another member of The Bamboos. Ella was in her element; being greeted to again, a roaring applause. Ella performed ‘Medicine Man’, ‘Your Lovin’ Is Easy’, ‘Before I Go’ and ‘Eliza’ (originally performed by Megan Washington). I was a bit bummed that Washington didn’t join them on their tour, but that was definitely a long shot.
Throughout the night, Kylie and Ella swapped back and forth, singing songs mostly from their newest album including ‘Killing Jar’, 'Helpless Blues', ‘Harbinger’ and ‘Jump My Train’. There were many songs throughout the set that had the audience eating out of the palm of The Bamboos’ hand; and a cover of James Blake’s ‘The Wilhelm Scream’ performed by Ella was certainly one of them. Next came The Bamboos’ newest single, and a personal favourite; ‘Avenger’; which Ella absolutely nailed.
It was touch and go whether The Bamboos would perform their brilliant cover of Frank Ocean’s ‘Lost’, but of course, they didn’t fail to impress. Kylie stepped onto the stage and had everybody screaming the lyrics back at her, which made her very happy. Closing their set with ‘The Truth’, The Bamboos stepped off stage and thanked the audience. To nobody’s surprise, they stepped back on after a short moment and performed ‘On The Sly’ and the song everybody was eager for, ‘I Got Burned’. Unfortunately Tim Rogers was unable to join them for the tour, but it was great to see both Ella and Kylie on stage for the end song, bringing everybody together to deliver their most powerful song of the set. The night was certainly a success, with The Bamboos bringing their A-game and making the night seem like one big party! Thank you The Bamboos, for a truly memorable night!
THE SETLIST: RATS – Kylie Auldist // CUT ME DOWN – Kylie Auldist // LEAVE NOTHING BEHIND – Kylie Auldist // MEDICINE MAN – Ella Thompson // YOUR LOVIN’ IS EASY – Ella Thompson // BEFORE I GO – Ella Thompson // ELIZA – Ella Thompson // LIKE TEARS IN RAIN – Kylie Auldist // KILLING JAR – Kylie Auldist // JUMP MY TRAIN – Kylie Auldist // HARBINGER – Ella Thompson // HELPLESS BLUES – Ella Thompson // THE WILHELM SCREAM (JAMES BLAKE) – Ella Thompson // AVENGER – Ella Thompson // YOU AIN’T NO GOOD – Kylie Auldist // LOST (FRANK OCEAN) – Kylie Auldist // THE TRUTH – Kylie Auldist // ON THE SLY – Kylie Auldist // I GOT BURNED – Kylie Auldist
by Kimberley Hanson
Arriving just on time, I scrambled up those notorious stairs at The Zoo as fast as I could and squeezed through other excited Soho-ers, hoping to get a good view of what was to unfold. Far away enough, so that I wouldn’t get knocked out by crowd surfers, but close enough so that if I moshed, the vibe around me would be mutual.
Looking around the crowd, I recognized a fair few faces from the Brisbane music industry; local musicians, promoters and agents. I knew right then and there that this was the place to be that night. Every individual that appreciates and supports the talent that has arisen from this beautiful river city knows of Violent Soho and their rise from Mansfield, Brisbane. Playing gigs for years, they’ve finally broken through with the impeccable album, “Hungry Ghost” and you cannot help but be proud, put your fist in the air and be all like “yeah, what, Brisbane represent!”
This was their second hometown show, as the Saturday night show sold out before any other across the country.
Opening with “Dope Calypso”, I lost my absolute biscuits. Violent Soho wishes for themself to be called “Stoner Pop”, but regardless of what you’d classify them as, all I know is that every song is perfect to thrash about to. I can confidently say that every single person was “moshing” in his or her own way - you couldn’t not. I was extremely impressed by the vibe that surrounded me.
It’s been a while since I attended a hardcore/heavy gig within an intimate setting; this one was on a strangely different dynamic to the others for me. During every song there was somebody crowd surfing, quite successfully I might add. Audience members were jumping up on the stage in between the band members and then jumping off into the mosh. Punters were even jumping off of the side amplifiers and speakers. I saw a gentleman cling for his dear life on a side pole, security guard standing next to him un-phased, then dive out with arms wide open only to float for a few seconds with a look of complete euphoria on his face, then sink into the crowd.
Nearing the middle of the set, the lead guitarist, James Tidswell made a quick plug – stating :
“You can buy our record up the back left hand corner, we accept money or drugs.”
“Ok Cathedral” and “Muscle Junkie” were the surprises of the night and marvelous they were. Violent Soho’s new album and past songs have been ever so consistent in that each song is dense in riffs that stay ringing in your ears for days.
My personal favourites were predictably my winners of the night: “Jesus Stole My Girlfriend”, “Neighbour Neighbour” and “Covered in Chrome”, all were performed nearing the end of the night, making it all the better. I feel as though Luke Boerdam’s voice is definitely unique and fundamental to Violent Soho’s overall sound.
Although Violent Soho could never disappoint me; I can say that for review purposes they weren’t unflawed in their performance. However, I believe that all of the imperfections I picked up on worked in favour with their unpretentious garage vibe. Being their second hometown show as well, I can assume that they wouldn’t really give two hoots about how “tight” their set was, especially for their true fans here in Brisbane who also would be completely unconcerned. All we really want to do is party, let’s be honest.
I was thrilled to have finally seen those rad dudes rock out. The atmosphere, in comparison to any other gig I’ve seen at the Zoo, was just amplified and for lack of a better word – was so beautifully “VIOLENT”.
I’m comin’ out of my cage and I’ve been doing just fine
by Nick Devin
I’m not the type of person who is usually drawn to electronic indie bands. I find that usually the style of music is very repetitive and doesn’t allow for much music creativity. That’s not the case for local Brisbane band MTNS though. I am happy to announce that after listening to their new EP ‘Salvage’, my mind has opened.
To tell you the truth, Salvage has been on repeat for the past few days and not just for review purposes. The chilled grooves that MTNS have produced in their short 18 minute EP deserved to be played back countless times. The opening track ‘Salvage’ begins simple with a synth chord progression, which soon builds as different layers are added. The deep bass notes growl under the vocalist’s falsetto notes creating a perfect contrast.
The second track, ‘Fears’, continues to add to the chill vibe that the title track produced with more deep synth waves and soothing guitar chords. The smart layering within each track adds further enjoyment as the songs build and descend with ease. The song may start off with little going on but grows with sound whether that is the pulse like synth or the inclusion of more instruments.
'Lost Track of Time' is the third track on their EP, which was previously released as a single earlier in the year. The synth once again pulsates through this track against the drum beat and the falsetto vocals. It may seem like each track has the same elements, but it’s the different rhythms and pulses that the synth and drums give off as well as the heart felt lyrics that make each track truly unique.
My favourite, and the fourth track of the EP, is 'Crave'.This track starts off in a completely different place compared to the other songs. Gentle guitar notes are plucked as the vocalist pours his soul out. The addition of the offbeat drum kick with the Sigur Rós airy style sounds in the background adds to a beautiful and complex song. With the multiple ascends and descends in the song, you can tell MTNS really know how to create a killer track.
The last track is a remix of ‘Lost Track of Time’ by M-Phazes. For me, the remix was nowhere as good as the original, and I find myself skipping it when it comes on. It sounded as if Flume tweaked certain areas of the song, but for the worse. It has a very minor sound to it and doesn’t really feel like it fits in with the chilled waves of the other tracks. Personally, Crave would have been the perfect track to end the EP on.
MTNS have shown me that there is light in the electronic indie scene and their chilled relaxing tones are perfect for any mood. For me, they’re a mix of the falsetto vocals of The Medics, with the ambient tones of Sigur Rós and the chilled electro vibes of Massive Attack. That’s a pretty damn good comparison. Think that sounds appetizing? Go listen to the EP then.
Jake Bugg- Broken
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