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VIOLENT SOHO

Violent Soho Photo by Cole Macguire
Violent Soho Photo by Cole Macguire

Ceres/Flymouth

Metropolis Fremantle

Saturday, November 24, 2014

Picture this. A jam-packed Metropolis Fremantle full of dedicated fans chanting and cheering for fast-rising Aussie rockers Violent Soho and security guards pushing themselves against the stage to hold a quickly breaking barrier. The lights are on and the bands are changing over. Killing In The Name Of comes on the speakers. What follows is a roar of lyrics, a sea of eager punters moshing their hearts out and an endless contribution of crowd surfers. Then Soho came on.

The night was a slow start with a quick rise and a huge finish. Flymouth kicked off the show with their heavier blend of punk rock blasting through quick and unpredictable songs. Their mesh of three guitars generated a wave of noise that flooded the venue, killing each guitarist’s individuality and overpowering the band’s sound.

Melbourne band Ceres lifted the mood with an infectious punk pop sound that had a quickly building mosh dancing their hearts out. With the incredibly talented and versatile Frank Morda on drums showing off his superb snare rolls and versatility in his rolls, vocalist Tom Lanyon was brilliant in working with the crowd as the band jumped and rocked their way through a boppy and engaging set.

Finally it was time for the main event. A seemingly sold-out Metropolis Fremantle flooded with amped up, diehard fans were roaring as Brisbane boys Violent Soho took the stage and delivered a mind-blowing and unforgettable set.

A perfect live show requires the strong blend of an incredible crowd and a brilliant band and on this night both were prevalent. Kicking off with Dope Calypso, the hits continued with Neighbour Neighbour, Saramona Said and the infamous Covered In Chrome. Not once did the crowd stop singing along, generating deafening roars and a shattering ‘Fuck Yeah!’ There were shoes, caps, cups and shirts thrown throughout the mosh and the stage, and a memorable and sudden stage dive from a keen fan during the closing Love Is A Heavy Word.

While the bending barricade failed to tumble, the night’s security certainly earned their money holding it up and catching fan after crowd-surfing fan. Soho once again delivered a flawless set full of hits and continued to acknowledge and visibly enjoy their energetic, caring fans, leaving behind a night none of the attendees will ever forget.

AARON BRYANS

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