LIVE REVIEW: Violent Soho deliver rad show at Red Hill
Following the success of their second album, Waco, Violent Soho performed a knock out show at Red Hill Auditorium on Saturday night. With a string of excellent opening acts, the Brisbane rockers did not disappoint.
Starting what would be a rad evening, Perth’s own resident indie rockers, Tired Lion, took to the stage. Bringing their usual spirit, the band were a light taster of what was to come. Tassie punk outfit Luca Brasi were up next. Regrettably, I wasn’t too aware of the 5-piece band before the night. However, their way with the crowd was wonderful, easing even newcomer like myself into their music. Genuinely a great set, the men turned up the notch on what was in store.
However, what was next was arguably the highlight of the night, if it weren’t for the headliners violent soho themselves. From the other side of the pond, the ball busting bad-ass The Bronx gave the fired up audience really what they wanted; crowdsurfing, a lot of “fuck you’s” and just a killer performance. Their involvement with the crowd is a rarity that other punk/rock bands aspire to learn. On point vocals, high energy and just a bad-ass attitude. The Americans really showed red hill auditorium who was boss.
After all that excitement, we were finally ready for the piece de resistance. The Mansfield band, who claimed that it was going to be one “epic fucking tour” delivered their waco album with a confidence that hasn’t been present in their earlier shows. Seeing them in February earlier this year at Laneway, the boys were good. Seeing them Saturday, they were mature, crisp, more polished. Their charisma within not just the audience between with each other has incredibly heightened. Watching soho progress wasn’t just a Simple recognition of how far they have come, but it was genuinely quite an honour. They have cemented their place as not just “blokes from Mansfield” but a true rock band who not only promise debauchery and all the rest of it, but solid vocals, clear and concise instrument sounds and a whole lot of head banging. Kudos Soho, what an epic night.