Saturday, March 14, 2015

Soundwave Brisbane 2015: Day 1

Well, a couple of the DoFunky crew were lucky enough to attend the Brisbane incarnation of the Soundwave Festival on the 28th February and 1st March, 2015. Our mission the night before was to sort out which stage at which time and who we were going to miss out on. The disappointment was immediate with Smashing Pumpkins, Fall Out Boy and Slipknot all finishing the night on their respective stages and the non-superpowered humans who have to pick.

I have to give a shout-out to the Red Bull girls outside for the freebies and the Soundwave staff and volunteers who made it such a swift transition into the grounds.

We hit stage 1 straight away to check-out Triple J winners and local Brisbane punk/rock act Columbus. The boys attracted a reasonable crowd of early comers and provided a great start to our day, we will keeping our eyes on these guys who recently have found representation by North American booking agents The Agency Group and will be touring in the US this year.

Second act of the day was Nonpoint from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. These guys joked around a bit, telling the crowd that they were Korn and getting a few double takes from passing foot traffic, before ripping into their set and grabbing both Nonpoint fans and interested onlookers by the balls and showing what they were made of.

Twin Atlantic were ending their performance as we entered the main arena again, rocking out the catchy "Heart and Soul" and having a laugh about the cruel reality of putting an Scottish band on stage in the midday sun in Australia.

Tonight Alive, coming into the day I had really only ever seen the video for "The Edge" from the Amazing Spiderman 2 Soundtrack. I will let the elephant out of my lounge room by stating that when I first heard this track I immediately thought of both Paramore and Flyleaf, and yes there is similarities to the sound, enough said. They turned out a great energetic set and obviously have a substantial fan base, I'm surprised I haven't heard more of their stuff on Aussie radio. But then again, a lot of acts have good solid fan bases and can't break into radio general airplay in Australia. Singer Jenna McDougall was a champ on the day saving a young male fan from an over-reactive security member in front of the stage. McDougall leapt of the 6ft staging at her own bodily risk to vocalise her disgust in his treatment of the fan, and also in days after pursuing organisers with evidence to ensure justice was done. Great live act with a positive message, can't fault that!

Godsmack:  When the guys took the stage I had no idea this was their very first time in Australia, and after rocking stage 3 to a growing mid afternoon crowd, they will be welcome back to Oz with open arms. Just don't make us wait so long next time fellas!

Papa Roach: I must confess, I only remember 1 Papa Roach song that immediately springs to mind, which is "Last Resort". I actually didn't realise they were still around and giggin'. So I didn't really know what to expect as I wandered back to Stage 2 in the main arena. I tell you what, they kicked some major arse when it came to putting on a rock show and really showed some of the younger bands on the bill and younger members of the audience what it was all about. Vocalist Jacoby Shaddix left nothing in the tank and gave it his all, cranking out their set with raw energy and sweat and a lot of mischief. Playing a few songs from their new album "F.E.A.R.", which if it's anything as good as the live experience should be a crakka!  

Marilyn Manson, the Antichrist Superstar himself graced Stage 1 to a packed out arena. Belting out the singles and a few new tracks from "The Pale Emperor" album to a mostly adoring crowd. A few seemed to be there just to see if he would do something controversial or 'news worthy', some even commented that he's too old and laughed when he lost his footing getting back on stage. Fuck that, the guy is a legend and the fact Jeordie White (Twiggy Ramirez) was on stage too was just a bonus. The only downside was many ... costume/face paint changes, which detracted slightly from the pace of the show.

Judas Priest. What legends. 5 decades of making music and they still put on a great show. I dip my hat to them and raise my fist. Given some of the Manson 'he's too old' muttering in the crowd, I don't think anyone said the same about these guys, and probably wouldn't have dared!

Smashing Pumpkins, to me this was a dream end to my Day 1 of Soundwave, re-living all the songs I belted out at the top of my lungs over the past half my life. Although these days it's just Billy Corgan with special guests, I still enjoyed singing along to my favourite pumpkins songs and even moshed a little (albeit mostly throwing my large-ish frame around to settle a few drunken idiots who were injuring some of the smaller framed female crowd members). Saying that, I still had a great time, but it did feel a bit like Billy had something else on his mind and was just wanting it to be over with. I still love ya Billy ;-)

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