Eat Your Heart Out
Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane QLD
September 20th, 2019
Supports: The Comfort, Reside, Waxflower
Black Bear Lodge is a small, upstairs venue that lends an intimate feel, and fans that gathered to see Eat Your Heart Out were given quality bands and good times all round.
Waxflower were first up and immediately the crowd were transported back to the indie/emo punk rock days of Kisschasy. Think Beach Slang and Slowly Slowly, Waxflower are a part of a new wave of bands that are loving their angsty lyrics and jangly riffs.
And for the first time in Brisbane we had Melbourne boys Reside, and oh gosh were they something to look at on stage. With a very passionate, quirky suit wearing frontman, Liam Guinane, Reside flipped the switch between melodic and heavy almost constantly though their songs. They gave us cleans and screams and the crowd were grooving along with them. There were many moments where we were just waiting for Liam to accidentally punch the projector off the very low roof with his flailing arms. These guys could easily follow the path that Trophy Eyes have paved with their album The American Dream.
Now, the best banter of the night came from local Brissie band The Comfort. We were given lots of interesting tidbits about songs being about vocalist/bassist Dominic Harper’s ex (and even ex ex) girlfriends, including a new song called ‘Choke’. Vocalist/guitarist Liam Holmer joked that he would be in a spot of trouble with his bandmate after the gig for that. But vocally, they were both great, bouncing off each other with Dom going for the growls and Liam staying clean. The comradery the band shared was very visible and made their set even better.
And finally, we had Eat Your Heart Out take the stage. On tour with their debut album Florescence (our review right here) it was high energy and fun from the get go. The crowd were there for them the entire set, singing and dancing so hard that the floor of Black Bear Lodge bounced. Vocalist Caitlin Henry was a little pocket rocket, with impressively strong vocals and a smile that lit up the room as she blazed through songs from their album. Opening with ‘Spinning’ the band worked the stage and it was clear that these musicians love what they do. After playing ‘Same Stars’ EYHO threw back to an older track called ‘Patience’ in which Liam from Reside jumped up for a cameo. It’s great to see members of other bands loving the band they’re touring with and it was obvious that Liam is a big fan of these guys. Ending on their popular track ‘Closer To The Sun’ the band walked off the stage only to return a less than 2 minutes later to chants of “one more song!” They ended up playing their acoustic song ‘Pear Tree’, a softer song to end the night.
Eat Your Heart Out are clearly loved by their fans, their album turned heads and their live performance turned a regular Friday gig into a celebration that continued through the night.
Review by Ebony Story
Eat Your Heart Out – Florescence Tour
Friday 27th September – Adelaide
Saturday 28th September – Melbourne
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