The Devil Wears Prada
Plastic, Melbourne VIC
November 5th, 2018
Supports: Gideon, Deadlights and Mirrors
As Polaris take the nation by storm with their biggest national tour yet, some of their tour buddies have been struck with sideshow fever and Melbourne’s public holiday gala Plastic was happy to host them. Not only were The Devil Wears Prada headlining, but they played their With Roots Above and Branches Below album in its entirety, to celebrate its 10th Anniversary. Oh, and they brought U.S. metallers Gideon along for the ride.
The Royal Melbourne Hotel was flooded with punters on a warm spring night, and welcomed them in with open arms and loud music blaring across the venue. With $4 basics until midnight, the crowd were getting suitably inebriated for a loose evening. Mirrors smashed through their set, showcasing tight breakdowns, some Northlane-esque vocals and some really fresh energy. It was great to see punters coming down to support the local talent.
The beer garden got swarmed between sets as everyone started warming up with a whole night ahead. Deadlights entered the stage bolstering a heavy hitting set fusing melodic hardcore and metalcore, The crowd were clearly fans as they got into the mosh and sang along to choruses of some of the band’s hits. The venue was well and truly at capacity at this point, and the crowd had only had an appetiser.
Reigning all the way from Alabama were Gideon who brought impressive production with them. The bass shattered across the venue as the outfit bellowed through hits to the keen crowd. Vocalist Daniel McWhorter announced how excited the band were to be playing at all these shows and that the last time they played Melbourne was at that very stage. Punters were receptive and gave them a hearty welcome back.
Finally, The Devil Wears Prada hit the stage, belting out a crunchy rendition of ‘Sassafras’ the opening track from the With Roots record. The inebriated crowd went berserk as vocalist Mike Hranica climbed across the venue’s pillars and speakers without a shirt on throughout the set. Bangers like ‘Assistant to the Regional Manager’ and ‘Dez Moines’ were incredibly nostalgic, and after expanding their musical horizons, fans may have otherwise never heard these O.G. tracks otherwise.
The club vibe was perfect and exactly what was needed for a show like this. Packed in like sardines, booze flowing, and reminiscence beaming. It was a bloody good show and proved that once again bands do what they do for the fans.
Gig Review by Ricky Aarons @rickysaul90