Children Collide @ The Gov, Adelaide 29/03/12
If there’s one Australian band I know that can manage to consistently sell out tours well into their career, it is Children Collide. People of all ages have fallen in love with one of the, if not THE, biggest rock bands in Australia right now and if Thursday night’s gig is any indication, that love isn’t going away any time soon, even with the recent departure of drummer Ryan Caesar.
Early in the night, before the masses arrived and chaos ensued, Sydney outfit Palms warmed up the stage and gathering crowd with their melodic guitar rock and awkward in between-song banter. ‘Don’t Be Ashamed’ (“this is a song about not being ashamed”), ‘In My Heart’ (“This is a song about being in my heart”), and ‘Up In The Air’ (“This is a song about being up in the air”) all featured but it was the Triple J-friendly, punchy Summer Is Done With Us that had the most heads and toes tapping.
Deep Sea Arcade seem to be the band of the moment right now. They’ve played festivals in Spain and England, supported Noel Gallagher and Modest Mouse and their debut album Outlands has been the Triple J feature album. It seems that people just can’t seem to get enough of their reverberated pop and lyrical quirks and with the main support slot for the show tonight, I can see why. Their style is a nod back to the late 60s sounds of The Kinks and while many bands try and fail to recreate the same essence, Deep Sea Arcade add a whole new dimension to the ethereal guitars and characteristic melodies.
The set is mostly a nod to their debut album. Tracks ‘Don’t Be Sorry’ and ‘Lonely In Your Arms’ feature early and have the crowd enticed enough to pay attention for the most part, and it is when recent singles ‘Girls’ and ‘Steam’ come around that the more appreciative souls groove along to the smooth pop melodies. Deep Sea Arcade are definitely a band deserving of the attention they’re getting of late, not only is their sound tight and dexterous, their live show is slick, cohesive and all-round entertaining.
With a new album just around the corner, I was expecting tonight’s set to be a showcase of the band’s new material, a chance for Caesar to play some of the tunes before his departure but it seems the band had a different idea in mind. The first quarter of their set drew heavily on their debut album from 2008, The Long Now, with ‘Chosen Armies’, ‘Across The Earth’, ‘Skeleton Dance’ and ‘We Live In Fear’ opening the show. No one seemed to be complaining about the trip down memory lane though, the crowd lapping up the chance to revel in the nostalgia, giving Johnny Mackay and co the sort of response they have been seeking since their underwhelming trip down the east coast. Last year’s favourite ‘My Eagle’ came along earlier before the only two new songs of the evening, ‘Cherries’ (the soon-to-be new single) and current radio hit ‘Sword To A Gunfight’.
Through the years, it’s come to be standard knowledge that you can’t have a Children Collide show without some sort of mild injury of sorts occur in the moshpit and sure enough, sometime well into the set two people were pulled out, heads split open and blood gushing out, to be taken away by ambulance. Johnny, proving once and for all that he is the nicest guy in rock and roll, ensured the two were okay and warned the crowd about their rough behaviour before recommencing the show.
Back in to the swing of things saw more crowd favourites, ‘Loveless’ provided a glorious sing-along moment, a stand-out Children Collide track that shows Mackay at his rawest and most vulnerable, a feat he translates perfectly to the stage. ‘Farewell Rocketship’ basically saw Mackay’s vocals drowned out, which saw him to proclaim us “the best crowd of the tour. Next time we’ll just stand here and you sing to us.”
Despite the crowd’s overwhelming love and the palpable demand, the boys stuck to their strict “no encore” policy, which meant ‘Social Currency’, ‘Speed Of Sound’ and finally ‘Jellylegs’ saw them round up the evening’s antics and leave the stage in a flurry of swirling guitars, screeching feedback and thunderous applause, a perfect finale for Caesar’s final venture in Adelaide.
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Tickets for the ‘Sword to a Gunfight Tour’ are still available for the Ballarat show, 12th of April at Karova Lounge. Tix available here