Murder By Numbers and Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC
June 22nd, 2019
Support: Emmy Hour
Punters who got to Northcote Social Club on Saturday night were treated to the soulful, acoustic punk tunes of Brisbane’s Emmy Hour. The former Army of Champions and current The Cutaways frontwoman played a set that was both fierce and contemplative as well as just a straight up good time, providing an energy from the growing crowd that could rival the two headliners.
Laura Jane Grace took to the stage with The Devouring Mothers to the pleasure of a sold out Northcote Social and she did not disappoint. I had seen Against Me in mid-2008 after they released New Wave, and I have long said that Reinventing Axl Rose is still one of the greatest punk rock albums ever written, so it’s safe to say I was excited for this set. The excitement paid off. Laura Jane Grace is one of those performers that you can tell puts every ounce of heart she has into each song and it resonates. Grace is definitely one of, if not the best performers of that genre that I have ever been lucky enough to see.
Murder By Death are one of those bands that I had constantly listened to (maybe a little too much if you ask a few of my friends) a few years ago, but then unfortunately got caught up in the vortex of constantly hearing new music and sometimes some really great bands you like fall to the side. So I jumped at the chance to see them. Apparently, while I had not been paying the attention I should have, plenty of others were. The show was packed and Murder By Death exceeded expectations. I still have ‘Lost River’ stuck in my head days after and I’m not even mad. Their set was tight and the crowd loved it.
One final honourable mention for this show goes to the crowd at Northcote Social. This was a sold out show, however, there was no noticeable dickhead behaviour and egos seemed to be left at the door. Everyone just seemed to be there to appreciate the music. I was also photographing this gig and despite the fact it was a full house with no photo pit, no one was bothered by me moving about and most likely getting in there way and I lost count of how many people offered me their spots at the front of the stage. If you were there on Saturday night, chances are you’re a bloody legend!
Gig Review & Photo Gallery by Sean Fabre-Simmonds. Insta: @gravy_havock
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Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers
Murder By Death