The Workers Club, Melbourne VIC
April 20th, 2019
Supports: BLKLST, Anticline and ATLVS
As I headed down to the Workers Club I was filled with excitement to see one of the most talked of bands in the local heavy music scene play their second ever live gig. This show was a prime example of how music brings us together, with a large portion of the crowd being fairly big names in the local heavy music scene all coming along to witness the musical geniuses who come together to be known as Dealer.
ATLVS kicked things off by playing to a half-full band room. It was great to see so many people getting to the show early to support local hardcore. These guys didn’t disappoint as they did a stellar job at connecting with the crowd and showcasing their incredible talent as musicians. Their vocals were clear and on the mark and instrumentally it seemed as if they hit every note with perfect timing. Their set was short yet sweet and with a new EP in the works, this band is definitely an act you would want to keep tabs on. Anticline were up next and they did an astonishing job at keeping the energy in the room high. With a handful and guest vocalists jumping on stage and one of the guitarists cutting his hand open and bleeding everywhere, (he didn’t stop playing to clean it up or even check on it. I know right, so metal) it was an eventful and entertaining set to say the least.
It was then time for BLKLST to take to the stage and they kicked things into fifth gear right from the start. By this stage the venue was full and seemingly not one person was standing still. They played with the utmost professionalism and even had Aidan Ellaz from Dealer jump on stage to perform his part in the bands newest single ‘They All Look the Same’, giving the crowd just a small taste of what was yet to come.
Finally, the time came for Dealer to show off their debut EP Soul Burn (our review here). The crowd went berserk from the very beginning with wild, energetic moshers destroying everyone and everything around them. Vocalist Aidan Holmes well and truly proved why he deserves his spot in this scene as he showed his worth and proved why he deserves to be playing for a world class act. They don’t call this band a supergroup for nothing, instrumentally everything was right on point and each band member collectively put on a really fun and entertaining show. With guest vocalist jumping up on stage to have their part of the action for the heavy and soft songs, there just seemed to be flawless talent pouring from the stage. I wouldn’t have been surprised if a tow truck was called to the venue as the breakdowns, along with the deafening singalongs were beyond insanity (check the Instagram vid below). With sweat dripping off every single person as if they had just been for a swim and smiles everywhere I looked, there is no denying that each and every person in that venue witnessed something special.
With only two shows (both of which sold out) and a flawless debut EP under their belt, Dealer are off to a flying start. Already signed to Stay Sick Recordings/Human Warfare and with tour management overseas who knows just how far this impressive five-piece can go.
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Gig Review by Adam Rice. Insta: @adam.rice94