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  • Three years on, my chart's changed considerably and I'm bored, so why not...

    19 oct. 2010, 5h13m

    1. How did you get into 29? Pink Floyd
    The folks. They used to play A Momentary Lapse of Reason all around the house, and it went from there really. When I was 17-18 was when I really started getting into them further.

    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22? The Bronx.
    False Alarm.

    3. What's your favorite lyric by 33? Mud Letter Pie
    Oh wow, is he still in my top 50? Haven't listened to him in a while haha, OK... um,
    "I don't wanna listen 'cause I'm listening to soul" - from, funnily enough, Listening to Soul. Like I said, it's been a while, and his lyrics are a bit abstract anyway. Not the kind of music you'd really listen to for the lyrics?

    4. What is your favorite album by 49? Sleep Parade
    With any luck, I'll soon have a second option for this question - and it's shaping up to be an even better album judging by the new songs they've been playing live - but at the moment, there's only one to pick from, and that's Things Can Always Change. A damn fine debut.

    5. How many albums by 13 do you own? Akercocke
    Four (out of five) - The Goat of Mendes, Choronzon, Words That Go Unspoken... and Antichrist. Wonder what that band are up to actually, been a while since I heard anything from them.

    6. What is your favorite song by 50? The Blood Brothers
    Oh, I do hate the favourite song questions. Peacock Skeleton With Crooked Feathers, if I have to...

    7. Is there a song by 39 that makes you sad? The Prodigy
    No, there is not.

    8. What is your favorite song by 15? Cog
    Sharing Space I think. Or The River Song.

    9. What is your favorite song by 5? The Chemical Brothers
    Hey Boy, Hey Girl or perhaps Leave Home.

    10. Is there a song by 6 that makes you happy? Birds of Tokyo
    Probably a few... seen them live six times now and they've always been great gigs. So like, any time I hear a song of theirs it's always got happy memories. I'll say probably Off Kilter 'cause it's one of my faves and it's got a really good energetic vibe to it.

    11. What is your favorite album by 40? Powderfinger
    Errr... good question. I'd say Odyssey Number Five, good mix of their different sounds.

    12. What is your favorite song by 10? Mammal
    Nagasaki in Flames. I always seem to get favourite song with this band, but that's OK, because it's one of the few bands where I'm reasonably sure what my fave song is :)

    13. What is a good memory you have involving 30? Silversun Pickups
    Seeing them live TWICE in the space of four days this year. The first gig in particular, being the full length show we weren't supposed to get :)

    14. What is your favorite song by 38? Massive Attack
    Group Four, and most other tracks off Mezzanine.

    15. Is there a song by 19 that makes you happy? Mastodon
    It's not really what you'd call happy music is it? Perhaps Oblivion though, that being the opening song when I saw them live this year and all.

    16. How many times have you seen 25 live? Death
    None :( I'm working on that time machine though...

    17. What is the first song you ever heard by 23? Josh Pyke
    Always seem to get this question for him! Kids Don't Sell Their Hopes So Fast

    18. What is your favorite album by 11? Dead Letter Circus
    Again, only the one to choose from, and what an album it is! This is the Warning, for those that don't know :)

    19. Who is a favorite member of 1? Pearl Jam
    Eddie? It has to be doesn't it... although I am a guitar player, so Mike McCready has to be up there.

    20. Have you ever seen 14 live? Sunny Day Real Estate
    Once, and it was one of the happiest gigs I've ever been to. Just the positive energy around the crowd, realising we were FINALLY seeing the original lineup of SDRE play in Australia. Who ever thought that would ever happen ey? No, really. It was an amazing performance.

    21. What is a good memory involving 27? Daft Punk
    Well, I didn't get to see them live :( oh, I know! When we were at one of the notoriously loose "Likes of You" parties, it was about 8ish in the morning, we were all farked after a huge night with Audion and Dubfunk, doing the typical wind-down sesh on the Brown Alley rooftop, and the cheeky DJ put on a bit of Da Funk. Clearly, there was energy for one last boogie :)

    22. What is your favorite song by 16? Violent Femmes
    Color Me Once. Or Add It Up.

    23. What is the first song you ever heard by 47? Ground Components
    Sticks and Stones. Good tune, I believe it's a cover though?

    24. What is your favorite album by 18? Fantômas
    Gotta be The Director's Cut. There isn't really a contest there... although I do admit not having listened to the others much...

    25. What is your favorite song by 21? Jericco
    Sun. AMAZING piece of music, the sooner these guys get proper recognition, the better.

    26. What is the first song you ever heard by 26? Vampire Weekend
    Errrr... good question really. Think it might've been One (Blake's Got a New Face.

    27. What is your favorite album by 3? Karnivool
    Sound Awake. Weird, I got these guys last time for this question, they weren't number 3 though.

    28. What is you favorite song by 2? ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
    Hmmm... *strokes chin thoughtfully*... Monsoon. I know it's a bit of an obscure choice, but it's a damn fine song.

    29. What was the first song you ever heard by 32? Iron Maiden
    Well I guess it would've been Run to the Hills. How can you not love that song though, seriously...

    30. What is you favorite song by 8? The Mars Volta
    NOT THIS! I change my mind all the time with these guys. L'Via L'Viaquez at the moment.

    31. How many times have you seen 17 live? The Amenta
    Errr... I believe five times. Yeah, that sounds right. Tote, Hi Fi twice, Corner, Arthouse...

    32. Is there a song by 44 that makes you happy? Mumford & Sons
    Nah, bit too bittersweet to be happy. Although, nah I guess Winter Winds is kind of close to a happy song.

    33. What is you favorite album by 12? Cynic
    Focus.

    34. What is the worst song by 45? Behemoth
    Oh, really? All the song I have of theirs I quite like. Although I prefer the death metal era to the black, so I'll just say something off Grom, which I haven't really listened to much anyway.

    35. What was the first song you ever heard by 34? Morbid Angel
    Chapel of Ghouls probably.

    36. What is you favorite album by 48? Portishead
    Dummy. That was easy.

    37. How many times have you seen 42 live? The Black Keys
    Once, Pyramid Rock 2008/9, they had the New Year's Eve midnight slot, I was in the front row. Did enjoy very much :D

    38. What is you favorite song by 36? Oooh, we has a tie at 35! So, I'll just say that out of those two bands, MGMT are my 36...
    And favourite song, now that would probably be... I don't want to say Kids, but I honestly think it is.

    39. What was the first song you ever heard by 28? Psycroptic
    The Colour of Sleep, which as you can see lends itself to my username :D

    40. What is you favorite album by 7? Dream Theater
    Another band I like to change my mind about, but... ahhh... Images and Words.

    41. Is there a song by 31 that makes you happy? The Berzerker
    No, there is not.

    42. What is your favorite album by 41? Sydonia
    Again! Only one release to pick from, so Given to Destroyers it is. But again, live tracks indicate album number 2 might be something ace.

    43. What is your favorite song by 24? Opeth
    The Drapery Falls I'd say.

    44. What is a good memory you have involving 46? Tool
    Big Day Out 2007, need I say more? That really was an awesome day.

    45. What is your favorite song by 35? Spiritualized
    Hmm... I Think I'm In Love I reckon.

    46. Is there a song by 9 that makes you happy? Muse
    Most of them do I reckon. Uprising perhaps, good memories of BDO 2010 when that song (of course) opened - and it probably will at their gig later in the year too :)

    47. What is your favorite album by 4? Porcupine Tree
    Oooh, interesting, I've been really thinking about this lately. Stupid Dream as a whole, but The Sky Moves Sideways, because, well, it has The Sky Moves Sideways on it, which is still PT's best song :)

    48. Who is a favorite member of 37? Alarum
    Palf I guess, because apart from being an incredible bass player and being capable of handling vocals while he's shredding away, he's also been nice enough to talk to me whenever I see him at a gig, Alarum or otherwise.

    49. What is the first song you ever heard by 43? Wolf & Cub
    Targets.

    50. How many albums do you own by 20? Battles
    Just the one, or two if you count the EP C / B EP compilation thing as an album.
  • Nearly three years on since I did this, let's see how things have changed...

    21 mai 2010, 2h24m

    What was the first song you ever heard by 6? The Mars Volta
    I don't recall exactly, I knew I'd heard them before on the radio but the first one that actually sunk in was This Apparatus Must Be Unearthed when I got it on a BDO compilation.

    What is your favorite album by 2? Karnivool
    Sound Awake. Absolutely no contest. Oh, sure, Themata was good, great even, but on Sound Awake they just developed so much more as a band. It was exactly the album I wanted to hear from them.

    What is your favorite lyric that 1 has sung?...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
    Umm... they always write some great lyrics, I've been very prone to quoting them in Facebook statuses and MSN names and stuff haha. For now I'll go with,
    "What is forgiveness? Just a dream
    What is forgiveness? It's everything" - from Another Morning Stoner

    How did you get into 11? Cynic
    My friend Tim had been talking them up for fucking ages, finally got around to buying their amazing Focus album, and yes, well. If you've heard that band before, you know there are no words to describe how PERFECT they are.

    What is your favorite song by 7? Mammal
    There's a few, but probably Nagasaki in Flames. The energy and the build-up in that song is intense. Shame they're no longer with us...

    What is a good memory you have involving 20? Battles
    I guess just when I finally got Mirrored and listened to it ALL THE TIME. Like... I really love that album haha. Unfortunately I missed seeing them live. I still hate myself for that.

    Is there a song by 3 that makes you sad? Porcupine Tree
    Yes. Heartattack in a Layby. I don't think ANYBODY can listen to that song without feeling some kind of very strong emotion.

    What is your favorite song by 19? Birds of Tokyo
    The Bakers Son, but it's a close call. Consistently awesome band.

    How did you get into 22? The Bronx
    Loved False Alarm whenever it was played on the radio, heard a few more songs around the place so got their first album, and yeahhh. They're a real favourite of mine. Their live shows are still the most physically extreme experience I've ever had.

    What was the first song you heard by 21? Josh Pyke
    Kids Don't Sell Their Hopes So Fast, I think.

    What is your favorite song by 4? Pearl Jam
    There's a couple of stand-outs, but probably Jeremy or Red Mosquito.

    How many times have you seen 10 live? Akercocke
    Once, at the Festival of the Dead tour in 2007. I wonder what happened to that, it was a good little bill.

    What is a good memory you have involving 13? The Amenta
    None in particular. The first time I saw them live was pretty cool though, because they still had their original vocalist.

    Is there a song by 23 that makes you sad?Jericco
    Yeah, Home (Where Did We Go Wrong) has got a sad sort of quality to it I think, despite its umm... rocking-ness. And there was a particular time in my life where I listened to that band a lot. Not a good time. Moving on...

    What is your favorite album by 15? Fantômas
    Well, that would have to be The Director's Cut.

    What is your favorite lyric that 9 have sung? Muse
    ...Honestly, I'm sitting here trying to think of a lyric of theirs that I like that won't sound outrageously cheesy. Haha. Alright, how about,
    "Best, you've got to be the best
    You've got to change the world
    And use this chance to be heard" - from Butterflies and Hurricanes. Reasonable I guess. Motivational.

    What is your favorite song by 16? Sunny Day Real Estate
    Umm... probably Song About an Angel. But it could be anything from Diary really. I just didn't want to pick the obvious, read, Seven hahaha.

    What is your favorite lyric that 5 have sung? Dream Theater
    Errr... hmm, can't say I really listen to Dream Theater for their lyrics as such... nah, I really can't actually think of a certain lyric of theirs I find awesome. Some of them are outright bad haha.

    What is your favorite album by 12? Violent Femmes
    That has to be Violent Femmes. Haha, last time I got a question about these guys I only had their greatest hits.

    What is a good memory you have involving 25? Pink Floyd
    Err... probably any involving Ryan and/or Jacko... oh wait, I got it, watching The Wall at Ryan's house that time. Yes, we were stoned :)

    What was the first song you heard by 18? Mastodon
    Most likely Blood and Thunder!

    What is your favorite album by 24?Death
    Human, it has to be.

    How did you get into 17? Cog
    Well, they've always been present on the radio and I've always liked them, then one day I decided to get their discog, loved them ever since.

    Did somebody of your friends like number 8? The Chemical Brothers
    Yeah, there's quite a few. Don't see how you can't, really.

    What is your favorite song by 14? Dead Letter Circus
    Cage. Alien a close second.
  • Nice to See You? It certainly was!

    16 mai 2010, 5h55m

    Fri 14 May – Jericco - Nice to See You single tour

    It was about a year ago that I saw Jericco play probably their best show yet in this exact location, to a packed-out and enthusiastic crowd. Suffice to say, I had high hopes for this one, as they launched their new single "Nice to See You", and was not let down by one of Melbourne's finest examples of this Australian hard rock scene that's been developing so rapidly over the past few years.

    I arrived a bit later on in the evening and only caught the last few songs of Branch Arterial, who seemed like a good choice for support. But it was the next act Geamala who I was very keen to see. I'd heard many good things about them and I was a little disappointed I missed them at the aforementioned Jericco gig last year, so it was good to see them tonight. Their sound is quite unique and not one that's easy to describe, but in amongst their melting pot of influences were world music, progressive rock, and even a very cool take on the Sepultura classic Territory at the end of the set. I'd love to see these guys play live again.

    Up next were another Melbourne favourite, Twelve Foot Ninja. This was probably about the 8th or 9th time I'd seen the boys in action, but their live shows are always high on energy and their songs don't ever get boring no matter how many times you've heard them. The old songs from their New Dawn EP got the biggest crowd response on the night because the crowd knew them the best, but some of the newer songs in the set have been played quite a lot recently and they're starting to become familiar to a few of the regulars. All in all, a solid support slot from a very talented young band. I had a brief chat to the band's vocalist after the set, and he informed me that the band are soon taking some time off from the live shows to record their debut album. I know I'm not the only one that awaits said album with extreme anticipation.

    Jericco put together a slightly unorthodox setlist, opening with Promises Made of Glass, one of the newer tracks we've seen over the past few years. It was a bit unusual not to have the traditional opener that's been in every prior Jericco gig before this - and in fact the first three songs played were newer songs - but the crowd soon got over this and the moshing began! I was actually very disappointed in the behaviour of a few select crowd members - don't get me wrong, I love a good circle pit just as much as the next person, but imo it's not really appropriate to do it at a Jericco gig. Especially not when some genuine fans are actually standing up the front trying to watch and enjoy the band and suddenly find themselves being knocked into the foldbacks at the front of the stage! Even vocalist Brent McCormick had to tell the crowd to settle down at one point. With that slight downer on the evening pushed aside, it was an otherwise fantastic performance from the boys. About halfway through the set, keyboardist Fetah Sabawi announced, somewhat unsurprisingly, that the gig had been declared a sell-out, understandably looking quite happy as he did so! As it was for Twelve Foot Ninja, the crowd delighted in the tracks from the band's self-titled EP, and the newer ones also went down very well, including a solid rendition of the single being launched, Nice to See You. The band concluded with Rujm (Pile of Stones), always a crowd favourite, and you only had to look at the faces of the crowd as they made their way out of the venue, to know that it had been a very high quality gig. I don't expect this band to remain in the underground scene for much longer, they're just too damn talented.

    SETLIST
    Promises Made of Glass
    No Solution, No Problem
    Cause and Effect
    Sun
    Home (Where Did We Go Wrong)
    --Intermission-- Dahab played over PA
    Jericco (instrumental)
    Always
    B Song
    Nice to See You
    Rujm (Pile Of Stones)
  • Soundwave 2010, my thoughts!

    2 mars 2010, 11h13m

    Fri 26 Feb – Soundwave 2010

    The lineups for this rock/metal/punk festival have always impressed me. There's never really been much that floats my boat enough for me attend in the past, but I always though that Soundwave always managed to get a lot of great acts for the sort of festival that it was. Anyway, this year a lot of the acts really impressed, so I bought a ticket and was not disappointed by a great day of music.

    The first band I heard on the day was Canada's The Creepshow, who opened proceedings on Stage 1 (there was a band before them on Stage 2, a last minute replacement for Closure in Moscow I guess, but nobody knew who they were). I didn't actually see The Creepshow, as I was standing on the Stage 2 side for a good spot for Sunny Day Real Estate, but of course because of the typical two-mainstage festival setup, I did hear all their set. They seemed pretty interesting, playing some catchy female-fronted psychobilly that seemed to get their fans on the other side of the arena dancing and singing along with great enthusiasm.

    Legendary early 90s emo quartet Sunny Day Real Estate just reformed last year, with all four members from their original lineup - Jeremy Enigk (vocals/guitar), Dan Hoerner (guitar/backing vocals), Nate Mendel (bass, yes, the Foo Fighter) and William Goldsmith (drums, also ex-Foo Fighters). It's the band's second reunion, but the first time since 1994 that all original members have played together, and for the first time ever, they were playing in Australia - suffice to say, for the small but passionate crowd assembled in front of stage 2, this was a very special moment. The band walked onstage to a heroes' welcome, and when the song chosen to open the set was Seven, you could feel the happiness in the air. They were the first out of the three reunited bands performing at Soundwave today, and they set the bar high. Naturally, the set consisted mostly of songs from the cult classic Diary, along with a surprise inclusion of b-side 9, and J'Nuh from the Sunny Day Real Estate album. The band played their songs extremely well, with Enigk still singing very well after all these years away from the band. Goldsmith's performance was also particularly impressive; during the more intense musical moments he became a whirlwind of energy, absolutely pummeling his kit and working up a very noticeable sweat. The band closed with Sometimes, and the crowd were left wanting more due to the 40 minute limit on their set, but the band looked extremely happy to finally play in Australia and I wouldn't be surprised if we see them again, perhaps after they release their long-awaited new album. (Sunny Day Real Estate score 10/10.)
    SETLIST
    Seven
    In Circles
    48
    Song About an Angel
    9
    J'Nuh
    Sometimes

    Next up was the tail-end of US stoner sludge metallers Baroness, in the festival's more "metal" stage, which was unwisely located INSIDE on a 34 degree day. Anyone who went in there knows what I'm talking about - it was just HOT. And with only two doors the side and two at the back open, there was a serious lack of ventilation. Thankfully, I didn't have to stay in there too long, at least not for this band or the next (Isis) as I'd seen them both the night before at their sideshow.

    So I made my way back to the mainstage for Eagles of Death Metal. We were informed by Taking Back Sunday (playing the preceding set on the adjacent stage) that they were "very handsome man" and that the ladies "will probably be pregnant by the end of it". As expected, Jesse "The Devil" Hughes did inject a hell of a lot of swagger and sex appeal into the band's set, mostly with his between-song banter, but unfortunately once the songs were being played, his voice seemed to falter a little bit. I'm going to assume perhaps it might have been something to do with partying too much the night before or something - he did admit that he had been at Cherry Bar the night before and was keen to return that night, so yeah. A good set though featuring most songs you'd expect such as Wannabe in L.A and I Only Want You. It was just the fact that his vocals were a bit poor meant I didn't quite enjoy it as much. Which was a shame because I'd really been looking forward to seeing them after I missed them last year. (EoDM score 7/10.)

    Next up it was back to the ever-increasingly hot sauna that was Stage 4, for a bit of good ol fun-time stoner rock, and who better to deliver it than Clutch. I didn't know a lot of the songs they played, but I stayed for the whole set anyway, and how could you not? The band's songs were inspiring some serious crowd energy down the front, no small feat considering the band were playing in the Soundwave oven as it were. "I thought when I woke this morning, that I was excited when I heard we'd be playing indoors!" commented frontman Neil Fallon. Yet despite the heat, the band didn't let up for a second -the riffs were monstrous, Fallon's vocals were right on the money and the crowd - including I - loved it. (Clutch score 9/10.)

    I checked out the first few songs of Anvil, finding them quite amusing in a good way. They wouldn't have anywhere near the audience they did had they not realeased that movie (which I really must get around to seeing), but those that were in attendance certainly did enjoy the chance to see these true purveyors of speed metal do their thing.

    Next up was the headfucking metal madness of Swedish five-piece Meshuggah. I met a few friends of mine outside before heading back in, and one remarked, "That name sounds Yiddish" - of course, it actually is; it means "crazy". Which is really a very good name for these guys - their music is chaotic, unpredictable, and yet extremely precise. Despite the increasing temperature in Stage 4, the Swedes worked the crowd into a frenzy as they tore through their polyrhythmic math metal numbers with great abandon. Guitarists Martin Hagstrom and Fredrik Thordendal were an absolute pleasure to watch as they bashed out complicated riffs and intricate solos together, holding it all together. And frontman Jens Kidman has one of my personal favourite metal voices. Their set included plenty of well-known numbers from across their career, from newies such as Bleed and Combustion to older favourites like Rational Gaze and the closing Future Breed Machine. Brilliance. (Meshuggah score 10/10.)
    SETLIST
    Pravus
    Bleed
    Rational Gaze
    Combustion
    Lethargica
    Future Breed Machine

    It was time for something considerably more low-key, but no less exciting, so I headed in the direction of Stage 1 for Jane's Addiction. As the second of today's reunited bands, many were wondering just how they'd cut it, especially considering the hard-living lifestyle they were all known for back in the day. Of course, they put on a great performance on the day, full of energy and enthusiasm for the songs they were playing. Perry Farrell's voice sounded great too; he faltered a few times but it was far better than Jesse Hughes' performance earlier that day. Dave Navarro delivered some typically ripping solos, and the rhythm section of Eric Avery and Stephen Perkins was spot-on. Farrell's banter tended to tread the fine line between amusing and ridiculous, but all in all, it was great to see these guys live at least once. I must say, I was disappointed by some of the songs being played in different keys - I know, a bit pedantic, but if you're used to a song sounding a certain way, it's a little weird to hear it otherwise for the first time. Anyway. The ending of the set was a nice touch - Navarro and Avery traded their electrics for acoustics, while Perkins played percussion at the front of the stage, in a lovely version of Jane Says. (Jane's Addiction score 10/10.)
    SETLIST
    Up the Beach
    Mountain Song
    Three Days
    Whores
    Been Caught Stealing
    Ain't No Right
    ...Then She Did
    Ocean Size
    Summertime Rolls
    Ted, Just Admit It...
    Stop!
    Jane Says

    After that I spent a bit of time wandering searching for some mates, finally meeting them over at Stage 3 just after Anti-Flag's set. We decided to have a few final beers and sit in the stands and catch up on the day's events - but unfortunately Escape the Fate were on. I do NOT understand what it is about this sort of music that attracts people. It seemed absolutely boring and generic and for some reason, the crowd in front of that stage loved it. Meh. Thumbs down to mates for suggesting this spot to meet :P

    FINALLY, the night drew to its brilliant conclusion - Faith No More came from out of nowhere, with a performance that was typically epic and aggressive. From all accounts their gigs in this land of sunshine have showed that they are certainly not suffering a midlife crisis, and the thousands of fans' reaction showed that still indeed care a lot for this band. Their performance - with a helluva lot of classics, Mike Patton madness, and even some random webcam chat to some unsuspecting people all accounted for - showed that at the end of Soundwave 2010, Faith No More were kings... for more than a day. (Faith No More score 10/10.) (I'm sorry, I really couldn't help myself...)
    SETLIST
    Don't Dream It's Over (Crowded House cover)
    From Out Of Nowhere
    Land of Sunshine
    Be Aggressive
    Evidence
    The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
    Chinese Arithmetic/Poker Face
    Last Cup of Sorrow
    Cuckoo for Caca
    Easy (The Commodores cover)
    Ashes to Ashes
    Midlife Crisis
    I Started a Joke (Bee Gees cover)
    Digging The Grave
    King for a Day
    Epic
    Just a Man
    ----Encore----
    This Town Ain't Big Enough for Both of Us (Sparks cover)
    We Care a Lot

    So, Soundwave 2010 was the first time I've attended this festival, but if future lineups are equal to this, I'll be sure to return. It's better organised and less crowded than some of its bigger counterparts and offers a wider variety of acts. The whole day really was quite enjoyable!
  • An enjoyable farewell?

    28 jan. 2010, 4h18m

    Tue 26 Jan – Big Day Out 2010

    At around 2pm on Tuesday afternoon, it happened. While I was busy fighting my way out of the masses of people that turned out to watch Kasabian (I swear there was at least 20 rows of people OUTSIDE the D-barrier), I saw a friend of mine, and said to him, "I don't know if I'll be coming back here again." And I meant it. What started out as a very enjoyable for alternative music fans to go and enjoy a good day of highly varied and interesting music has degenerated into something quite different - thousands of drunk and drugged-up Southern Cross-wearing bogans just there because they can be, and let's not forget all the teeny-boppers who wanted to see Lily Allen. The crowds are too big, the drugs are too many, the music has - with a few exceptions - gone mostly downhill and on the whole, this event just isn't as enjoyable as it was even five years ago (when I first attended). But, in 2010, Big Day Out to its credit did have quite a good lineup, enough to see me attending anyway.

    The day began nice and early with Perth rockers Sugar Army opening proceedings on the Orange Stage. I saw these guys open for Karnivool back in mid-2009 (I'm pretty sure that was Vool guitarist Drew Goddard watching from side of stage) and was impressed then, so they were a good way to start the day. I probably do need to buy their album though as I couldn't recognise any tracks from their set with the exception of Acute and ...And Now You're Old Enough I Think That You Should Know, but like I said, it was an enjoyable set of punchy rock n roll. A drummer using roto-toms equals instant points with me. (Sugar Army score 7/10.)

    And then it was over to the aptly-named Blue Stage to see the loveable lunacy of Bluejuice, who drew a huge crowd for such an early slot, but it's easy to see why. Coming onstage to a mixture of cheers and cringing once the crowd realised what they were wearing (some bizarre extremely revealing yellow one-piece jumpsuit thing!), keyboardist Jerry Craib pounded out the familiar intro to Head of the Hawk and the crowd commenced dancing in earnest. The boys put on a fantastic high-energy show that had the crowd cheering, repeating the various call-and-response phrases with great enthusiasm, and never once standing still. And of course, there were two giant inflatable reptiles. The set concluded with the hugely popular Broken Leg and Vitriol. (Bluejuice score 8.5/10.)

    Then it was over to the Converse Essential stage to catch Perth psych-rockers Tame Impala, who as usual put on an exciting, loud, jam-ridden performance. Unfortunately I was a bit distracted during their set, due to the fact that I'd just found a big group of friends who I was looking forward to catching up with, so we were talking a fair bit and not really paying attention. Something I actually fucking hate if anyone else does it at a gig, but at least we were up the back I guess :) . Tame Impala played a solid crowd-pleasing set that featured their awesome Blue Boy cover Remember Me and concluded with a seamless transition between Skeleton Tiger and Half Full Glass of Wine, at which point a few of us left to catch... (Tame Impala score 8/10.)

    Mastodon on the Blue Stage. We arrived a bit late; they were already blasting out Crack the Skye opener Oblivion, but there wasn't much of a crowd and we got through the D entrance without a hitch. The awesome Atlanta quartet blasted out their powerful brand of thinking man's metal to a very appreciative crowd - as has been the case in recent live shows, we were treated to an almost-full rendition of the new album. I'm assuming they must have skipped one track due to time constraints, but I'm not too handy at matching titles and songs, so I can't remember what it was, I think Crack the Skye. I would actually have preferred them to do a set of tracks from previous albums, because they are doing a two hour sideshow anyway, so couldn't they save the CTS performance for then? Also, because they were trying to cram as much CTS into their set, there was absolutely zero crowd interaction, which was a bit disappointing. And as has been noted by others, Brent Hinds' vocals were a bit hard to hear. Nevertheless, a very tight and exciting performance from one of the more "challenging" acts on the day. (Mastodon score 9.5/10.)
    Setlist:
    Oblivion
    Divinations
    Quintessence
    The Czar
    Ghost of Karelia
    The Last Baron

    After that, the aforementioned epic struggle to get out the D left me feeling a bit irritated about things, but the next performance certainly put a smile on my face - in the Boiler Room, legendary Australian techno/rave duo Itch-E & Scratch-E. Paul Mac and Andy Rantzen were already well into the groove when I got there, but it was very easy to start bouncing and grooving away to their awesome tunes. A pre-recorded robotic female voice provided some amusing interludes to the duo's performance, declaring "I hope that you are all well, and I hope that you all got past the sniffer dogs". This, of course, coming from a group that once thanked "the ecstasy dealers of Sydney" during their ARIA awards acceptance speech. An unexpected appearance by Kiwi hip-hop champion Scribe was a huge-crowd pleaser, as they belted out an updated version of his tune F.R.E.S.H, appropriately titled r.e.f.r.e.s.h. The set drew to a euphoric conclusion with the group's biggest hit - the voice declaring "We have one more tune to play for you - apparently, some of you liked it a long time ago, and we hate to think what would happen if we did not play it. This is Sweetness and Light." I was astounded that the crowd barely reacted to this news (this is the song that won the aforementioned ARIA) but then again, I guess a lot of them would be too young to remember it, being that it was released in 1994. Some people recognised it once it got going though, and in any case, it's impossible not to dance to it. Glad I caught these guys once in my lifetime, and apparently they're on the comeback trail at the moment. Yay. (Itch-E & Scratch-E score 8/10.)

    That set left me feeling a bit drained so I took a bit of time out before meeting up with some more friends and heading to the Green Stage to see a wonderfully charming performance from the folky The Decemberists. This was one of the more chilled-out sets on the day, as a small but very appreciative crowd watched the Portland quintet belt out a healthy selection of their back catalogue. New material from The Hazards of Love was mostly skipped over in favour of old favourites such as The Sporting Life and Sixteen Military Wives. Frontman Colin Meloy worked the crowd very well - after some requests from audience members to have his microphone turned up, he replied "How about I just sing louder?", while later in the set he informed us that we were "better-looking" than Sydney, and the aforementioned Sixteen Military Wives lead to a great call-and-response section of "la de da's". A well-placed set in the middle of the day to have a bit of a breather and conserve energy for more upbeat acts to come later. (The Decemberists score 9/10.)

    "Well, you're going to get crushed and die. It's been nice knowing you" declared my friend's sister jokingly as she left the Green Stage while we stayed there for the impending performance from Chicago punk heroes Rise Against. (Interestingly, a band that performed at the very first BDO I attended in 2005, when they were certainly not as well known as they are now.) As the band's set took off half an hour later, we found ourselves indeed get very battered around by the crowd and left to seek a more tranquil spot at the back of the crowd. I wasn't familiar with a lot of the songs they played, but these guys are surely doing something right - the amount of passion they inspire in their fans is incredible! Vocalist Tim McIlrath was enjoying himself immensely, but full points for realising that his audience might have been sometimes a bit too enthusiastic - in between songs he insisted that anyone falling over should be picked up immediately, and the crowd seemed to take his message on board. Highlight of the set was the always-beautiful acoustic anthem Swing Life Away, which saw the crowd calm down for just a brief few minutes to wave their arms and wear out their voices. A very good performance from a band I wouldn't hesitate to see again. (Rise Against score 8.5/10.)
    Setlist:
    Collapse (Post-Amerika)
    Re-Education (Through Labor)
    The Good Left Undone
    Long Forgotten Sons
    Savior Play
    The Dirt Whispered
    Audience Of One
    Prayer Of The Refugee
    Swing Life Away
    Hero of War
    Give It All
    Ready To Fall

    At this point, I experience that ever frustrating-yet-inevitable BDO moment when you realise your friends have been seeing different bands compared to you during the past hour or so and meeting up with them is going to an absolute nightmare - not helped by the irritating "BDO-phone-jam" syndrome. After about twenty minutes of fruitless searching and texting, I decided that if I was going to be by myself, I might as well be enjoying one of my favourite bands of all time, so I headed to the main stage to queue for the D for The Mars Volta. Unfortunately, BDO had decided in their infinite scheduling, ahem, "wisdom", that the ideal act to precede The Mars Volta would be British pop starlet Lily Allen. Now, don't get me wrong, I've got full respect for what she does. She's NOT just famous for being a mouthy MySpace-loving occasional drunk, there ARE some good songs in there (on her first album at least). But I think that her popularity has just got to the point where she just shouldn't be playing BDO. Especially not right before The Mars Volta, whose fans were growing angry at being locked out of the D due to Allen's huge crowd. Some of us (including me) actually had to endure the torturous sounds of Volta's traditional intro of Ennio Morricone's "A Fistful of Dollars" being played over the PA WHILE STILL OUTSIDE. Thankfully, the gates opened during Intertiatic E.S.P. and we all bolted in to catch an amazing performance from the wonderful US six-piece. I'd seen the band's sideshow the night before, but if anything that made me all the more keen to catch them at BDO, as I really think they're at the top of their game at the moment. The decision to strip the band back and get back to basics has paid off incredibly - at their 2004 BDO performances, which was, like this one, an hour long, they famously played just four songs, but today, it was a much more conservative 7. This did, however, still give them plenty of time to perform a wonderfully wacky version of their Deloused in the Comatorium favourite Cicatriz. As the band's amazing/pretentious (depending on who you ask) jamming stretched the song out to almost 15 minutes, irrepressible frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala jumped down off the stage and prowled the barrier, then stole a security guard's hat and sunglasses and declared "My future's so bright, I've gotta wear shades!" Shades and hat were soon returned - not to said security guard, but to a delighted member of the audience - and Bixler-Zavala returned to stage to conclude the song, followed by another crowd-pleaser in Roulette Dares to finish the set. (The Mars Volta score 10/10.)
    Setlist:
    Son et Lumiere / Inertiatic E.S.P
    Cotopaxi
    L'Via L'Viaquez
    Goliath
    Cicatriz
    Roulette Dares

    ...And then I made the decision to wait it out in the D for Muse. I had really wanted to see DJ Sasha in the Boiler Room and then later Fear Factory, but the spot I had was just too good to pass up, and at about 8pm I was joined by one of my best mates, coincidentally a massive Muse fan seeing them for the first time. Meanwhile, on the adjacent Orange Stage, Powderfinger were doing what Powderfinger do best - belting out selections from their extensive back catalogue that absolutely every Australian can sing along with, even if they don't care to admit it. They even cheekily sneaked a bit of Mumford and Sons' Little Lion Man, informing the audience that it had today won Triple J's Hottest 100 countdown - even though we knew this a few days prior due to a massive fuck-up on the part of the ABC website.

    Muse were, for all intents and purposes, fucking amazing. Lights, lasers, amazing projections, and incredibly tight and enthusiastic performances of great songs all added up to a great closing set on the Main Stage. I really don't have a lot to say about this performance - anyone who saw me on the day could tell how much I was enjoying it by the fact I just did not stop singing - very loudly and badly too. The fact I was seeing it with aforementioned good friend, after spending the past two-three hours by myself, was also extremely enjoyable. As expected, tracks from The Resistance got a good airing - Uprising opened the set, while newer fans delighted in Undisclosed Desires and I got a good bit of headbanging in during a surprise inclusion of MK Ultra. The band thankfully did pull out two songs off the brilliant Origin of Symmetry album, namely New Born earlier on, and Plug in Baby as the second song of the "encore". Absolution was also thankfully represented in the form of Time is Running Out and Hysteria BUT NO STOCKHOLM SYNDROME :( . Speaking of said encore, they came back onstage and Matt Bellamy announced that because it was Australia Day, they were going to play one of their favourite Australian songs with one of their favourite Australian singers - and then most disappointingly brought out Nic Cester from Jet (THUMBS DOWN), and kicked into a very familiar riff - AC/DC's Back in Black. Don't get me wrong, it's a good song, and I guess Cester's voice was a suitable choice for such a song, but during a Muse set, it just completely changed the pace and mood of what was a great set up until that point. Thankfully, Plug In Baby was next, and then, after an awesome intro of Ennio Morricone's Man With a Harmonica, the opening bursts of Knights of Cydonia saw the arena break out into massive cheers for what was obviously the last song. (Muse score 10/10.)
    Setlist
    Uprising
    Supermassive Black Hole
    New Born
    Undisclosed Desires
    Interlude
    Hysteria
    Nishe
    United States Of Eurasia
    Helsinki Jam
    MK Ultra
    Starlight
    Time Is Running Out
    Unnatural Selection
    ---Encore---
    Back In Black (AC/DC cover) (with Nic Cester)
    Plug In Baby
    Man With a Harmonica / Knights of Cydonia

    And the night then closed with the tail-end of Groove Armada's performance in the Boiler Room. Due to not getting there until about 10:15, thus gaining a view of nothing but a couple of hundred people's heads (although staring at the MASSIVE laser show on the roof was also entertaining), I can't really give this a proper review. However, the last two songs played were At the River and the fucking incredible Superstylin', which was very well-received by the crowd who clearly had a bit more energy left for one more boogie (drugs?). A great close to what I really hope is my last Big Day Out, I just cannot handle the crowds anymore. Please don't put any good bands on next year...
  • A great showcase of Australian hard rock talent...

    19 oct. 2009, 4h42m

    Sat 17 Oct – SWARM!

    Earlier in 2009, the Third Eye Music/Saltar Hype crew decided to try something a little different with the "Rock the Bay" festival - cramming some 30 bands into St Kilda's iconic Esplanade Hotel. Making use of the venue's three stages for an all-afternoon and night festival programme was a great idea, and following in its footsteps, the inaugural edition of Swarm satisfied many punters with a stellar lineup showcasing the best rock bands (mostly) Melbourne had to offer. At just $25 a ticket, with 25 bands taking to the stage, how could you go wrong?!

    I arrived to the venue a little late on Saturday afternoon, just in time to head into the Gershwin Room to see the last few songs of the amusingly named get to the chopper. I briefly wandered back to the Front Bar to see The Final Eclipse taking on Foo Fighter's classic My Hero, before returning to the Gershwin Room for my first full set of the day, Husk. These guys were fantastic - they had an amazing energy going on and even though guitarist Steve Rodrigues seemed to be having some technical difficulties, they pressed on. Frontman Thomas Reay wasn't fazed by someone yelling out the obligatory "You sound like Tool!", firing back, "You sound like your Mum!" with a grin on his face. And by the end of their set, whether they sounded like Tool or not, they'd impressed quite a few people who crowded the front of the stage to buy their EP that was on offer. (Which I am trying - and failing - to find right now so I can listen to it. What have I done with the damn thing? :) )

    Next up in the Gershwin Room was young instrumental rock group Anna Salen. A steadily growing crowd stood in awe as the trio of David Morgan (guitar/occasional keys), Paul Risso (bass) and Shaun Scott (drums) played a brief yet awesome set of groovy, riff-based progressive/post-rock. The band cites the likes of Mogwai and Isis as influences, which I think came through very well in their sound. The no-vocals barrier is always a bit of a challenge for some, but most people managed to warm to them quite quickly.

    After a quick break for dinner, I headed back to the Gershwin Room for a fiery performance from the ever-wonderful Bellusira. Heading onstage to a cloud of smoke and a very cool industrial/electronic prerecorded intro, the band blasted into Nobody from their current Enigmatic EP. A couple of technical problems early in the set seemed to be ironed out quickly, and thank heavens for that, as it meant you could hear amazing vocalist Crystal Ignite in full clarity! The band's name means "Beautiful anger" in Latin, and that's exactly what they sound like - the music is heavy and aggressive, but with Crystal up front, there's definitely a nice contrast of styles. It's worth noting that the band also utilised a second guitarist on the night (bassist Mark told me who he was earlier on, but I've since forgotten of course), and they were also joined onstage by good friend Ezekiel Ox from Mammal, who helped out on the song Change. The always-wonderful cover of Nine Inch Nails' Hurt was well received by the crowd as well.

    Melbourne favourites Jericco got a very rousing response on the front bar stage, as they tore their way through their self-titled EP in the first half of their set, then treated us to some exciting newies. The first half was of course where they really shined for most people; I looked around the room and saw at least 80% of the crowd singing along to just about every word. Onstage, the band are great performers, with bass player Roy Amar and keyboardist Fetah Sabawi always jumping around enthusiastically, and vocalist Brent McCormick always engaging members of the audience with that look he does so well. A new EP from these guys is on the way soon, and I know I'm not the only one looking forward to it.

    And then it was time for the headlining act, and who else would it be but Mammal. There were no surprises in this set from the local rock heroes, just a straight-up hour of energetic numbers that every single member of the audience was able to sing along with, with great enthusiasm. As was expected, frontman Ezekiel Ox enjoyed roaming around the venue as he so desired - crowdsurfing to the bar for a quick refreshment during Nagasaki in Flames, and belting out a couple of verses of other songs from the top of the stairs. The band did include their old song Push and Shove, which has been the case as of late, but in general there wasn't anything particularly special about this Mammal show that I hadn't seen 13 times already (yes, this was the 14th time I'd seen Mammal). Still, nothing to complain about, a fine performance from the best live act going around in Melbourne, dare I say Australia, at this present moment.

    The only band that could possibly have kept the crowd going (by now it was 12:30am and everyone was starting to feel the effects of a long day's rocking) after Mammal was Sydney electronic rock hybrid MM9. What can I say about this band? If you haven't seen them live, I strongly suggest you do, because the recordings they have on their Myspace really do not do them justice. From the opening synth bursts of Trains, the crowd was on their feet and dancing like the world didn't matter. They played a very solid hour-long set, filled with their trademark mixture of solid heavy rock riffs from guitarist Kerry Foulke (who'd apparently injured his hand earlier) and bassist Luke Ford, and rapid-fire electronic beats and breaks courtesy of Dan Sutherland on vox and keys, and the machine that is Ben Ellingworth on drums. The set featured crowd faves such as They Murder, New Chemistry and Talking to Himself, most of which will hopefully appear on their long-awaited debut album.

    I briefly took a look at K-Oscillate, and apart from an impressive laser show, they weren't really doing it for me at 1:30 in the morning! Here's to a very successful Swarmfest 2009, and I know I'm not the only one hoping that the Third Eye team do it all again next year!
  • A band that's certainly not heading the wrong way...

    17 août 2009, 8h48m

    Sat 15 Aug – Jericco, Icarus, engine three seven, Geamala

    Melbourne five-piece Jericco are certainly on the rise at the moment. For a band that only started out last year, the name is certainly starting to spread around fast, certainly helped out by support slots with the likes of Mammal and Dead Letter Circus. And so a most sizeable hometown crowd turned out to Fitzroy's famous Evelyn Hotel to see the Middle Eastern-influence hard rockers strut their stuff at their biggest gig yet.

    I arrived to the venue quite late due to prior committments, but just in time to see the tail-end of a fantastic performance from ex-Byron Bay-now-Melbourne rockers Engine Three Seven. I've seen these guys on three occasions before this, and they never fail to impress. They're not playing many tracks off their debut EP anymore, so some of the songs were a bit unfamiliar, but I remember seeing Automatic Everything, the ever-awesome Easy Graceful Descent and they finished with Hysterical Hysteria]. Vocalist Casey Dean's acoustic guitar always augments the band's sound well. I can't wait to see these guys at Swarm Festival in a few months.

    After a quick set-up (I believe the gig was running quite late, kind of good for me considering I was too), the groovy Middle Eastern instrumental Dahab was played over the P.A., and Luke Halsted (drums), Roy Amar (bass/Oud), Fetah Sabawi (keys) and Jordan Nagle (guitar) made their way onstage, to kick off with the traditional anthemic opener Jericco before the amazing Brent McCormick (vocals) joined them in Always. Jericco's performance this night was intense - I believe they've never played hour long shows before this tour, so it meant there was time for plenty of material - the entirety of the Jericco EP was played, as well as some newer songs sure to become favourites, such as Cause and Effect and No Solution No Problem. Touring with Mammal has certainly paid off on the band's live skills, as they threw everything they had into their performance - me and a group of friends were standing right in front of bassist Roy Amar, who certainly doesn't put on a half-assed show. The highlight of the set came towards the middle, when McCormick and Nagle headed offstage, and Amar picked up his Oud (a Middle Eastern stringed instrument similar to a lute) and jammed along with Sabawi and Halsted. Sabawi soon stopped and the jam continued with Amar now accompanying Halsted on djembe. A beautiful rendition of Home (Where Did We Go Wrong brought the set back in, before B Song represented the last of the newer songs. The set ended with the crowd joining in full voice for the absolutely wonderful Sun and Rujm (Pile of Stones). The band was nice enough to hang around and have a chat to fans, and in my case, sign my setlist. Looking forward to their performance at Swarm, and hopefully a few more headlining shows in their hometown aren't too far off either. A powerful performance.

    SETLIST
    Dahab (intro, played on PA)
    Jericco
    Always
    No Solution, No Problem
    Promises Made of Glass
    Cause and Effect
    Jam Part 1: Roy (Oud), Fetah (keys), Luke (drums)
    Jam Part 2: Roy (djembe), Luke (drums)
    Home (Where Did We Go Wrong)
    B Song
    Sun
    Rujm (Pile Of Stones)
  • Another fine example of extreme talent Down Under

    30 juin 2009, 6h27m

    Sat 27 Jun – Unleashing the Extreme Tour

    Psycroptic, The Amenta and Ruins have more in common than the fact that they've all involved Aussie drum god Dave Haley at one point. Through their excellent careers to date, these bands continue to be leading examples of high-quality Australian extreme music, certainly capable of stacking up to the international scene. So this triple-header national tour had punters very excited and more than willing to part with a few coins on a Saturday night at Richmond's Corner Hotel.

    Melbourne undergound death metallers Guild of Destruction kicked off the night, to much approval. I first saw these guys a few months ago supporting Brazilian heavyweights Krisiun, and I enjoyed them just as much on this night than I did back then. I'm definitely considering their album launch coming up soon. One to watch in the future.

    ...Apologies to Tenth Dan - though I usually try to catch every band on a lineup, the group I was with decided not to bother so we enjoyed the Corner Hotel beer garden during their set...

    But made sure we were back in time for Tasmanian black-death champions Ruins. I only managed to pick up the band's second album Cauldron a few weeks prior, so I didn't really know much of their set, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Vocalist/guitarist Alex Pope (perhaps the brother of The Amenta's Tim?) greeted the crowd with a raspy "Cheers, motherfuckers!" at the end of almost every song, looking to be having just as much fun as his audience.

    I was very much looking forward to The Amenta's performance tonight, having been slightly disappointed by their last show at the Hi Fi - what seemed like a short set and an almost empty room slightly killed the atmosphere. But tonight, they would live up to expectations. As the band finished setting up, the "On" intro kicked in and vocalist Jarrod Krafczyk stomped his way onstage, as the five-piece industrial weirdos blasted straight into the first song off current album n0n, Junky. Tonight was the most energetic I'd ever seen the band - I think it may have been due to the "last show on the tour" factor, but they seemed to be having an absolute blast. Krafczyk roamed the stage continously, belting out his lyrics with great enthusiasm (I've had a few problems with his style in the past, but tonight he fucking nailed it), while Timothy Pope alternated between pretty much punching his various keyboards and coming to the centre of the stage to get the crowd fist-pumping. Which they did, especially to older favourites such as Mictlan and Nihil - during the latter, a corpse-painted Jason Peppiatt from Psycroptic made his way onstage during the first verse playing guitar, with Krafczyk riding him around the stage on his back. What a show. It could've gone on a bit longer, but it finally did close with Alex Pope from Ruins coming back onstage to join the band in Dirt, which he actually features on on the album.

    I am a big Psycroptic fan, but being the fifth time I'd seen them, I wasn't expecting a show that I'd rate 10/10, and indeed, something did seem to be missing. Perhaps it was the fact that they didn't play Carnival of Vulgarity or Lacertine Forest - however, still not a show that I'd call a waste of money! The band's technically ferocious assault lead to punters behaving very enthusiastically, with black-clad bodies being thrown around like pinballs to the sounds of tracks that have become minor "classics" in the death metal world. My favourite track - and username! - The Colour of Sleep ended a very decent set from the Tassie heroes, and the metal masses of Melbourne headed off into the night, their appetite for world-class heavy metal satisfied once again by three excellent acts from their own backyard.
  • The gig that could not be killed!

    6 mai 2009, 0h56m

    Tue 5 May – Mammal, Electric Mary

    Well. It was shaping up to be an interesting gig, with Mammal deciding to book Collingwood's venerated Tote Hotel for their Fitzroy Legal Service benefit show - and, to boot, this was the 10th time I would see a Mammal live show. I was wondering exactly what they'd do to possibly make it even better than the other nine - and I got the answer in the form of an e-mail going out to their list in the early stages of this week, promising that they would deliver a few old favourites that hadn't been played live in some time, and even a few new tricks! Hmm...

    At around 5:30-6:00 of last night, I was getting ready to leave for the Tote when by chance, I was browsing the Mammal forum and WOAH! Due to a "liquour licensing issue" (Zeke was later heard to complain to anyone listening that it was because of the Musicians Against Police Violence connection, good on him), the Tote would no longer be the venue and instead, we'd all be cramming into Yah Yah's on Smith St. So... a very small venue, a promise of an interesting setlist... all this was making my 10th Mammal show look awesome.

    And so it was. Electric Mary had the opening honours - the Mammal boys have made it pretty clear that they're big fans of these Melbourne old-school sounding rockers, and with good reason. If you can get past the fact that sonically, they're about 20-30 years too late, Electric Mary are just a whole heap of good-time rocking fun. They played for about 40 minutes, with a very extended jam at one point which was rather awesome.

    And then we had Melbourne's finest, Mammal. The band headed onstage around 10:00, blasting out The Majority to get the crowd amped up. Following this, Zeke promised "a surprise", and after the traditional early rendition of The Aural Underground, he revealed exactly what this surprise was - the setlist for the night would be determined by audience members pulling the songs out of a hat! And so it was that the third song of the night was to be, for the first time in god-knows-how long, Dionysian, which I know pleased a certain forum member! This was a great way to bring spontaneity and excitement back to the Mammal show, and ensured we did indeed get to see and hear some tunes that some of us new fans hadn't ever seen live before. The typical Mammal energy was very much present and accounted for, with Zeke dancing on a table for a few songs while the rest of the band played away onstage - meanwhile, during Maker the band invited Irwin Thomas from Electric Mary onstage to take Pete Williamson's guitar and do an awesome solo. Several times Zeke reminded us why we were all in attendance; upon noticing that the crowd had generated so much heat that the windows had fogged, he bounded over and scrawled "WE ♥ FLS" (Fitzroy Legal Service). Finally, with Zeke posing that age old question, "WHAT DO WE DO WITH PIÑATAS?!" and answering it in the form of song, Mammal departed the stage after a marathon hour and fifteen minute set - their longest to date, I do believe. Zeke stood at the door to greet everyone on their way out - once again, a firm reminder that Mammal are truly are a people's band.

    And kudos to Yah Yah's for stepping in at the last minute and agreeing to hold this truly epic event!

    SETLIST:
    The Majority
    The Aural Underground
    Dionysian
    Push and Shove
    Maker
    Hollywood Shrine
    Clear Enough?
    Groove Junkie
    Mr Devil
    Slaves
    Inciting
    Two Soles
    Nagasaki In Flames (picked out of the hat by yours truly, which I was most delighted with, being probably my favourite Mammal track ever.)
    Hell Yeah
    The Tempo and The Groove (a newie, not yet released.)
    Think
    Smash The Piñata

    Check SeanceMascara's page in the coming days for a recording of this show :)
  • 30 questions about 30 awesome bands

    26 fév. 2009, 2h20m

    1. How did you get into 29?
    Fuck...I'm Dead
    I think I downloaded Anal Abbatoir from the No Escape site and went from there. Great, great band.

    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22?
    Tool
    Schism was the first I remember hearing. Woah, the dude I copied this from has the same 22 as me :)

    3. How many albums by 13 do you own?
    Muse
    Actually, with that band I'm a terrible burning rip-off jerk :) I only OWN Absolution.

    4. What is your favorite song by 5?
    Akercocke
    That'd probably be Verdelet.

    5. What is your favorite song by 15?
    Karnivool
    Deadman. Not even released yet, officially, but it's fucking brilliant. Love the middle section with the guitar solo.

    6. Is there a song by 6 that makes you happy?
    Violent Femmes
    Ahh, the Femmes. So bittersweet, not really happy :) I'll say Black Girls 'cause it's a load of fun really.

    7. What is your favorite song by 10?
    Pink Floyd
    Geez, what's with all the "favourite songs"? I hate doing that. Ummm... Time, it has to be.

    8. What is a good memory you have involving 30?
    The Blood Brothers
    Umm, none really. Well I saw Jaguar Love opening for NIN last night, but umm... good memory. Blood Brothers. They remind me of an old friend of mine who got me into them, who I haven't seen for a while. That's a good memory, I spose.

    9. Is there a song by 19 that makes you happy?
    Oooh, we have a tie at number 18! So that makes number 19... Ground Components
    Not really, their music isn't particularly "happy".

    10. How many times have you seen 26 live?
    Mastodon
    Once, opening for Slayer at Vodafone Arena in 2007. Hope they come back in support of Crack the Skye, brilliant band.

    11. What is the first song you ever heard by 23?
    Psycroptic
    Well it lends itself to my username! The still-amazing The Colour of Sleep

    12. What is your favorite album by 11?
    Cynic
    Well until late last year, I would've only had one to choose from! But I think it has to be Focus. Traced in Air was a good comeback, but it falls short of beating that particular masterpiece.

    13. Who is a favorite member of 1?
    Porcupine Tree
    I spose it has to be Steven Wilson doesn't it? Although, I really like them all, talented musicians aplenty in that band. John Wesley! Yes yes. He's probably my second favourite.

    14. Have you ever seen 14 live?
    The Berzerker
    Certainly have, the brutal Festival of the Dead tour of 2007. Gonna see 'em late next month too.

    15. What is a good memory involving 27?
    Cog
    Watching them at the BDO this year with Jaz... especially when they played Open Up! Fucking epic.

    16. What is your favorite song by 16?
    The Amenta
    Again with the favourite songs farkin. OK... not really up with n0n all that much yet, so I'll go with Zero. SO. TELL ME! What in monotony makes you DANCE?!

    17. What is your favorite album by 18?
    ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
    [album artist=...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead[/album]Source Tags & Codes[/album]. Is there any other?!

    18. What is your favorite song by 21?
    MGMT
    Metanoia. Look it up, Electric Feel fans :)

    19. What is the first song you ever heard by 25?
    Birds of Tokyo
    Off Kilter on the radio one day, and funnily enough I remember thinking, "Hmm this sounds like a new Karnivool song".

    20. What is your favorite album by 2?
    Dream Theater
    [album artist=Dream Theater]Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory[/album]. But ask me in a week and it could be Images and Words, lol. I change my mind between the two quite often.

    21. What is you favorite song by 3?
    The Mars Volta
    "New song" is shaping to be quite a good one. But err... maybe Cavalettas.

    22. What is you favorite song by 8?
    Mammal
    Hmm... at the moment, The Majority, because those lyrics are really quite something.

    23. How many times have you seen 17 live?
    Death
    None, and it isn't going to happen. R.I.P. Chuck :(

    24. What is the worst song by 12?
    Mud Letter Pie
    Hmm... I dunno. I likes them all. No, really. Perhaps WWIII 'cause it's so freakin intense.

    25. What was the first song you ever heard by 28?
    Wolf & Cub
    Errrr... Targets I think. Damn fine band.

    26. What is you favorite album by 7?
    Battles
    Only got the one to pick from don't I? [album artist=Battles]Mirrored[/album].

    27. What is your favorite song by 24?
    Deicide
    Errr... Death to Jesus probly.

    28. Is there a song by 9 that makes you happy?
    Josh Pyke (tie-break)
    HA! He actually has a song called Make You Happy. But of course, the answer to that is Middle Of The Hill. Wonder if he realised when writing it that it was going to be so freakin awesome?

    29. What is your favorite album by 4?
    The Chemical Brothers
    That has to be [album artist=The Chemical Brothers]Dig Your Own Hole[/album]

    30. How many albums do you own by 20?
    Behemoth
    Oooh, a fair few. Five, there ya go. Grom, Thelema.6, Zos Kia Cultus, Demigod, The Apostasy... and a new one to add coming later in the year, huzzah!