Every Time I Die - Amplifier Bar - 24/10/13
Gracing our shores for the second time this year, following their gig on the Big Day Out tour as token metal band alongside the now deceased House Vs. Hurricane, Every Time I Die finished up their Australian Tour in Perth last night in spectacular fashion. Playing Amplifier stage a much more intimate affair than their BDO show, it is obvious this is the best way to experience them as a live band/machine. Local supports for the night included hard rock warriors Chainsaw Hookers and chaotic hardcore lads Statues.
Since the Amps stage is pretty small to begin with, smacking two drum sets on there is a great reason for Statues to put on a mental floor show for the early punters. The audience seemed slightly confused at the start, obviously their first floor show, but as the set went on people were gobsmacked at the collective’s energy; Frontman Jayme literally throwing himself around the venue, treating his mic with absolute disdain, and taking on copious amounts of water, as is probably needed for that kinda show. Then, they got us all clapping and he sang a well delivered cover of Son House’s 'Grinnin’ In Your Face' before jumping straight into another absolutely mental performance. Statues won over hoardes of new fans with their blend of hardcore and math-metal, reminiscent of The Dillinger Escape Plan and the artist they were supporting’s earlier work, a nice reminder of the great local scene we have here.
Chainsaw Hookers have been able to grab oh so many supporting spots of late, which is obviously a great sign for the hard rockers. They are difficult to pigeonhole, going from classic metal with a Kiss cover, through some hard punk and thrashy metal, with flashy guitar solos drizzled over it like dressing on a salad. Completely different to the band they followed, their drummer seems to be the most frantic member, hiding behind a bandana across his mouth, he literally destroyed the drumset he played so hard, roadies eventually giving up on holding it together as it moved and fell while he played. Not even duct tape could fix this mess. 'Lost Boys' got the crowd moving, and ready for what was to come.
At this stage, I will give a special mention to the two super drunk dancing dudes performing figurative phallic acts on each other for the duration of their set, some nice family friendly entertainment.
After a quick calm, just enough time to grab a beer or a smoke, the main attraction made their way onto the stage. The Buffalo mathcore mates opening up with Ex-Lives lead single 'Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space', instantly getting the crowd’s sweat on. Leaving no time to waste, the dudes smashed out a triad of Ex-Lives material which was received with a barrage of stage diving and general tomfoolery by the attendees.
Every Time I Die took cuts from their whole career (minus debut Last Night In Town) leaning heavily towards their new album, but it was awesome to hear some songs which have been out of their sets for a while, like 'Off Broadway' and 'Romeo A Go-Go' from their breakthrough album Hot Damn!. Keith Buckley, always the energetic frontman, encouraged pit wildness, including a circlepit the size of Amps itself (which one unlucky stage diver jumped into, rather stupidly) “And if you gotta use that pillar there as like an focal point or axis for the planet to spin around, I’d say go ahead and do it”.
Every Time I Die have a very devoted core of fans, which meant their older, more abrasive tracks were received just as well as their newer stuff. Well known material like 'We’rewolf' and 'Wanderlust' went down just as well as 'Ebolarama', the crowd climbing over itself to get to the front and try and grab the mic. Jordan and Andy made use of what little room they had to work the crowd and shove their instruments into our faces, give high fives and generally have a can-on-head smashing good time.
The sound was reasonably good, it was all mixed well except the vocals were a little lost in the jam packed room, which is pretty hard to not have happen when the band is as constantly loud as they are. Musically, they are a talented bunch of lads and hit everything spot on, even the banjo intro to 'Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow'. Their encore performance of 'Indian Giver' was absolutely insane, the stage was full of punters as Keith belted out the last few screams of the night.
The diverse crowd (Every Time I Die have been pushing boundaries for 15 years) left with a collective ear to ear smile, especially after the open invitation to hang out and smash some beers with them after the show, viva la partycore.