Dream On, Dreamer
June 16th, 2018
Support: Saviour, Finders and Waste Not
Aussie sweethearts Dream On, Dreamer have been taking the country by storm, sporting hits from their incredibly fresh album It Comes and Goes. Joining them on the national tour have been Perth heroes Saviour as well as local supports Finders and Waste Not, which beefed up the evening, delivering a nice little Saturday night package.
As doors opened experimental five-piece band Waste Not jumped on stage to test the waters on some of their material as a rather new band on the scene. The band gave it their all throughout the set and admittedly may still be finding their feet on stage, but certainly demonstrated strong creativity in the direction they’re going. It’s pretty brave to immerse into a niche progressive sub-genre best described as chaotic vocals sailing on a steady conveyer belt of riffs. It’s abundantly clear that Waste Not are striving for a Deafheaven direction and it will be interesting to see how the locals evolve, harnessing their vision.
Beers were in full force on this fine Saturday night in Perth. The rain had dissolved and show-goers were flocking into the venue. The local boys in Finders braced the stage, rattling off some of their menacing hits, intertwining pop-punk backing vocals with front-man Brandon Harrison’s seasoned belch. The group had a visibly good time, dancing in tune to their own music and channeling the audience’s excitement. The contemporary metalcore band showed off some polished tracks and perpetuated their importance in the Perth metal scene.
As the night got on, the transitions between bands lessened and the crowd got ready to bounce for our homies in Saviour. Having released some new bangers through UNFD recently in preparation for a new record, the West Aussie veterans were in fine form, primed and pre-heated for a beastly set at Amplifier. Instead of messing around and building up to their go-track, the Perth favourites launched into ‘Unstoppable’ which injected the crowd with adrenaline. The mosh pit was detonated and the crowd-surfing ensued. The band’s darling vocalist and keyboardist Shontay Snow sung seamlessly behind the rugged emotive vocals of front-man Bryant Best who was on his absolute a-game. Tracks like ‘The Quiet Calm’ and ‘Jaded’ were enough to get the crowd buzzing wildly for the headliners.
Dream On, Dreamer were warmed up so-to-speak as they’re mid-way through their national tour and were on-the-ball throughout the set. Vocalist Marcel Gadacz presented in classy form with a black coat, warming up the vocal chords with some cleans. It was certainly an interesting set for the band who have been on the scene for a decent few years now. The band’s musical direction has certainly been maturing and transitioning with refined melodies and harmonies.
As the setlist mixed old and new, it really felt like two bands were playing. The juxtaposition was interesting, comparing the heavier breakdowns, and towards the harmonious melodic drive that they have sustained for the past two or three records.
Vocalist Zachary Britt has become an instrumental component to the band as he belts out well balanced clean vocals in line with Gadacz’s hybrid of growls and cleans. The entire band delivered an incredibly crisp aesthetic, despite the era of music they were displaying. As the evening warmed up, the front-man ripped off his coat and belched out lyrics to the heavier deep tracks. It was great to take a little trip down to memory lane and hear tracks from ‘Loveless’ like ‘Hear Me Out’ and even from ‘Heartbound’ – an album that defined their career.
Gig Review by Ricky Aarons @rickysaul90
Dream On, Dreamer
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June 23 2 Pelican Bar, Frankston
June 29th @ Brightside, Bris
June 30 @ Brightside, Bris – SOLD OUT