Get ready for a double shot of Hardcore as Canada invades Australia with SILVERSTEIN and COMEBACK KID joining forces to head our way in May 2018!
Longevity is a rare feat for any band, especially one rooted in a foundation of punk and hardcore. Aggressive music is often fuelled by youthful fire, and sustaining a career without completely abandoning that urgent sound is almost impossible for most bands. But what’s possible for “most bands” has never been a concern for post-hardcore pioneers SILVERSTEIN. Throughout the course of their 17-year career, from Ontario basement shows to touring the world and selling over a million records, SILVERSTEIN has always managed to be completely comfortable in their own skin while never being afraid to challenge themselves. This perfect balance marks the band’s eighth full-length, Dead Reflection – an album that proves SILVERSTEIN still has plenty of fire left. For Silverstein there is no settling, no stopping, and they give nothing less than everything.
Complacency kills creativity, and nobody seems to know that better than COMEBACK KID. Outsider, the long-running hardcore outfit’s latest LP, showcases that in spades. Capturing the all-out intensity of the band’s riotous live shows, it’s as urgent and unrelenting as anything they’ve done in the past. And yet while many of their peers consider sonic evolution an enemy of their scene, COMEBACK KID has built a career on progression and evolution, continually expanding their now-signature sound while never compromising its integrity. COMEBACK KID still takes pride in pushing sonic boundaries and bringing their riotous live show across new borders. “We still feel lucky to be a part of this,” Singer Andrew Neufeld says assuredly. “It’s bigger than us and we have no intentions of slowing down or standing still.” They’ve performed at virtually every major heavy music festival and shared the stage with a who’s who of their peers across virtually every genre that seeps into their ever-evolving sound.
Silverstein and Comeback Kid 2018 Australian and NZ Tour Dates
Monday May 14th – PERTH, Amplifier Bar 18+
Tuesday May 15th – ADELAIDE, Fowlers Live Lic/AA
Wednesday May 16th – MELBOURNE, 170 Russell 18+
Friday 18th May – SYDNEY, Manning Bar 18+
Saturday 19th May – NEWCASTLE, Cambridge Hotel 18+
Sunday 20th May – BRISBANE, The Triffid Lic/AA
Tuesday 22nd May – AUCKLAND, Whammy 18+
Wednesday 23rd May – WELLINGTON, Valhalla 18+
Tickets On Sale: Thursday 15th December (Local time)
Tickets from Australia: https://tickets.destroyalllines.com/Default.aspx?Event=82159
One of my favourite ways to determine a crowd’s level of anticipation at a gig at 170 Russell is to look closely at the line that stretches far beyond the doors and around the corner next to the world’s smelliest bins. If the fans are smiling and oblivious to the stench – you know it’s going to be a good night.
It’s been a long while since Pierce The Veil blessed our shores with their presence, seeing them last on the bill for Soundwave 2013. Add to that the four-year wait for new music that kept fans hungry and restless, having them headline a sold out show promoting their latest release ‘Misadventures’ was the sweetest treat in the shop. Supporting the San Diego band were Melbourne’s own Storm The Sky, Beartooth (US) and of course Silverstein (CAN). Just hearing those names together gets you salivating a bit, doesn’t it?
Kicking things off were Storm The Sky, who’ve recently released their second LP ‘Sin Will Find You’. The Melbourne band put on a real captivating set, clearly putting everything they have into each and every beat. Storm The Sky have come a long way since their debut release and their passionate musicianship is evident through their music and their live show. Playing old and new hits to a crowded room, not everyone was receptive at first but by the end of their set, it was clear they had won a lot of hearts over.
Ohio metalcore act Beartooth were up next and made sure to wake up every single person in the room. Jumping up and down and constantly moving about, vocalist Caleb Shomo ordered us to move; “Get up, get UP, GET UP” and so we happily got the hell up. Crowd favourite In Between went off just as you’d expect it and if the crowd’s never heard these guys before, they won’t forget them now. Frantically energetic and radiating positive vibes, Beartooth have definitely lived up to the hype surrounding them.
Another great thing about those few minutes between each band’s set when you’re trying to recuperate and catch your breath is the music playing over the P.A system. I don’t know who’s responsible for it but that impromptu crowd sing-along to MCR’s Helena was a solidifying moment of unspoken connection amongst punters of all ages and walks of life. The little things that you experience at heavy music gigs often make it the best.
The flow between each band’s set was smooth and on time and fans were buzzing with adrenaline throughout. Silverstein’s performance was tight and without fault, the post-hardcore act riling the fans up and hitting them with banger after banger. The crowd sing-along to My Heroine and Already Dead was a total throwback that reinforced the importance of Silverstein’s presence in the hardcore scene.
By this point of the night, the crowd were pumped, sweaty and thirsty (both literally and metaphorically) for more. The lights dimmed, a heavenly choir filling the room as Tony Perry enters the stage. He opens a case, lights shining from within it and places his trusty guitar over his shoulders. Playing the opening riff to Dive In, the crowd roars – enter Vic Fuentes, Jaime Preciado, and Mike Fuentes as they join Perry and the crowd erupts. In that split second between Vic singing “Dive in, take a breath” the entire floor surged forwards, backwards, left and right: a swarm of bodies pushing themselves into each other and allowing the music to take over. Intense is a definite understatement to describe what went down in that pit and I was almost crushed to death in the name of rock n roll but it was worth it.
The buck doesn’t stop there and neither does the intensity as Pierce The Veil jump straight into crowd favourite Caraphernelia, the entire room roaring as we all sang along to every syllable. The band continued to play more hits off of their latest album Misadventures and it was received with nothing but love as bodies moshed and screamed along to Texas Is Forever and The Divine Zero. The next song saw Vic Fuentes bring one very lucky fan onstage as he stared into her eyes and serenaded her with another classic; Bulletproof Love. I’m not doubtful that there were many swooning and jealous fans in that moment – men and women alike.
Floral and Fading, also off of Misadventures, preceded and then it was time to bring things down a notch. Ditching his electric guitar, Vic Fuentes picked up a tambourine while the rest of the band backed him up in an acoustic performance of Kissing In Cars. The swooning continues.
Confetti cannons, smoke machines and flying streamers explode and push punters even closer to the edge of complete bliss as the band plays hits off 2012’s Collide With The Sky. “This is our last song” Fuentes says to a sea of faces who aren’t ready to say goodnight just yet.
The encore found Pierce The Veil jump straight into motion with their single Circles and bring the night to a rapturous close with another crowd favourite; King For A Day. In all my experience of going to live gigs, I don’t think I’ve ever heard the crowd overpower the band and sing as loud as I did in that moment: A beautiful end to an incredible night.
“I promise we won’t take 500 years to come back again” Fuentes assures the crowd. We hope so too, Vic. We hope so too.
Another Language - This Will Destroy You
If you have Facebook (and you do) you will have no doubt scrolled past countless articles with titles like “Humans Need To Sleep In Order To Stay Alive” and “Sleeping: Do it. Please.” or “Whatever, I Don’t Care, I’m Just Saying I Did Some Research And I’m Probably Right.” If you have ever taken the time, as a responsible person should, to click one of these links and read the actual body of the text— not just the headline, like some irresponsible person— you may well know that if you wish to continue living, you must sleep at least 55 minutes per 24 hour period. Armed with this information, I now consider Another Language to be among the most important albums not only of my time but of all time. Without this album, I would never sleep. Scientists everywhere agree that I must sleep to live. Ipso Facto, I would surely be dead were it not for this record.
Barchords - Bahamas
Gracefully hammered-on and plucked with solemn aplomb, the first notes of Barchords gently remind me that my existence is tenuous and am unlikely to survive without listening to completion. The record is a trove of clever, crystal-cut melodies drenched in enough reverb to make an old empty church blush— a church which, probably, will host my funeral in the event that I accidentally lose or destroy my copy. Because I will be dead.
Actor - St. Vincent
There’s no getting around it: Annie Clark is a genius. Dark-Disney melodies meet woozy soundscapes, swirling together like a half vanilla, half chocolate soft serve. Dip that cone in Clark’s signature fuzzy, elastic tones and sprinkle some cheeky lyrics on the top- you’ve got a divine treat that’s both delicious and nourishing. I’ve had this record on repeat since its release in 2009 because as soon as the last song ends, an ominous feeling begins to take hold. An icy cold sweeps through my body— starting with my fingers, moving in towards my vital organs. My vision blurs. I hear a loud, menacing tone: a crescendoing whirr. This tone, this whirr, is one of unmistakable evil. The noise is evil. It is pure evil. Then, a shadowy figure— surely a harbinger of my imminent demise— arrives. It extends its arm, offering what I somehow in the moment know to be an invitation to a dark, pain-filled universe where I don’t exist and never did and never will. The best song is “The Party” and I need it to live.
My Aim Is True - Elvis Costello
1977 was a good year. Jimmy Buffet released “Margaritaville,” Sid Vicious joined the Sex Pistols, and My Aim Is True hit record store shelves. It was also the year I was born. I have no way of knowing this for sure, but I’ve always felt as though I exist as a direct result of this record. Sure, I wasn’t actually born for another 12 years, but that doesn’t mean that My Aim Is True isn’t my biological creator. I’ve repeatedly asked my “parents” about this and they, quite predictably, tell me that music albums do NOT have the requisite anatomy to facilitate human birth and that I should seek psychological council. Birth certificates can be faked. I couldn’t have lived without this album.
The Ugly Organ - Cursive
Many years ago I was involved in an accident and had my heart replaced with an ultra-limited pressing of The Ugly Organ (root beer splatter 1/1 test press) and just as the doctors expected, I’ve been living a comfortable and complication free life ever since. Or, mostly complication free. I sometimes experience intense pangs of malaise, but in these times I assume the record has just reached one of it’s many tense culminating moments and allow it to pass naturally. Cursive is always an interesting, and in my case, required listen.
You can catch SILVERSTEIN alongside PIERCE THE VEIL during their tour of Australia later this month.
EATONS HILL, BRISBANE
TUESDAY AUGUST 16 – All Ages
BIG TOP AT LUNA PARK, SYDNEY
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 17 – All Ages
THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE
THURSDAY AUGUST 18 – All Ages
170 RUSSELL, MELBOURNE
SATURDAY AUGUST 20 – U18
170 RUSSELL, MELBOURNE
SATURDAY AUGUST 20 – 18+
MONDAY AUGUST 22 – 18+
ASTOR THEATRE, PERTH
TUESDAY AUGUST 23 – All Ages
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