Hardcore is not dead.
A Tuesday evening in the suburbs of Sydney saw an almost at capacity room at the Bald Faced Stag sweat until the ceiling dripped.
Early arrivers saw opening band Reactions thoroughly warm up the room.
Local band Relentless were up next and never fail to disappoint. The band always give it their all with 3 person gang-shouts to add to their full bodied sound. Constantly encouraging their home-town crowd to give it all they had they managed a couple of circle pits and a 2-stepping Teletubby. The guitarist relinquished his duties on the last song to join the now amped up crowd.
Pure Noise record’s Knocked Loose played a blinder and had hints of Terror in their performance. Considering they are a relatively new band, they moved the now packed room and are certainly one to watch.
Stick to Your Guns seemingly embody the Hardcore genre’s ideals perfectly. After almost every song, a rousing monologue was delivered by frontman, Jesse Barnett. Ranging from politics to equality to the environment to personal feelings and his mother; these little snippets were never preachy and perfectly summed up the thoughts and feelings of himself and the room and were welcomed with rapturous applause. These quiet moments spurred on the crowd more than anything else could have done and the room erupted when the next song hit.
STYG’s stage presence was a sight to see even at such a small scale. It was clear they were used to playing big festival stages and gave the performance as if they were on one. Their most recent album, Disobedient, features guests from leaders of the scene, notably Toby Morse of H2O, and STYG are certainly comfortable to play to that high standard. As a band, they were almost faultless with frontman Jesse able to scream and sing in one breath with ease.
Sweat dripped from every pore on their bodies and their passion for the music, the people in the room and, indeed, the world was evident in their exhilarating performance. They were rousing, inspiring and left the crowd charged and ready to fight the system.
Wednesday, 18th January: Amplifier Bar, Perth 18+ *
Thursday, 19th January: Fowlers Live, Adelaide Lic AA
Friday, 20th January: Corner Hotel, Melbourne 18+
Saturday, 21st January: Phoenix Youth Centre, Melbourne AA
Sunday, 22nd January: The Basement, Canberra 18+
Tuesday, 24th January: Bald Faced Stag, Sydney Lic AA
Wednesday, 25th January: The Small Ballroom, Newcastle 18+
Thursday, 26th January: The Brightside, Brisbane 18+
Friday, 27th January: Phoenix Arts Theatre, Brisbane AA