Stay Gold, Melbourne VIC
November 15th, 2019
Supports: Deadlights, Mirrors and Tapestry
Hot off the release of their latest studio album ‘The Dark Pool‘ (our review here), Thornhill has hit the road to demonstrate their new material to their Australian fanbase while bringing along some incredibly talented friends to share the journey with.
The first act to jump on stage was ex-Darwin band Tapestry, and they did so with the utmost confidence and conviction. Vocalist Tom Devine-Harrison repeatedly jumped off the stage to sing his lyrics directly into the faces of those who were in attendance, which made for an incredibly powerful performance.
Victorian metalcore band Mirrors were up next. This is a band that continually grows in every facet the longer time passes. The band performed exceptionally well; each instrumentalist was on time and seemingly didn’t miss a note. Vocalist Patrick Goodman delivered the vocals in an energetic yet effortless way. They played every song of their latest studio release Cold Sanctuary, as well as crowd favourites ‘Circus’ and ‘Tie The Lace’.
Brisbane post-hardcore act Deadlights kept the flow going, and the packed band-room was buzzing with anticipation. Frontman Dylan Davidson repeatedly commented on “the energy in the room” and how it helped shape what was a fantastic performance. Dylan continuously stalked the stage from left to right as a response to the crowds high-spirited moshing and sing-alongs. The band also premiered their brand new song ‘Sugarcoated Psychosis’ for the first time in a live setting, which reacted well with the punters. With synchronised head-banging and instrumentals that gelled together with ease, it is clear to say that this band is a unit, like a well-oiled machine.
Finally, the time came for Thornhill to grace the stage with their presence, kicking the set off with ‘Views From The Sun’. At first vocalist Jacob Charlton poorly started the set, it was as if he was struggling to hit the notes he needed to, but by the second song, ‘Nurture’ this issue disappeared. The crowd of fans within the sold-out venue couldn’t get enough, who continuously chanted “Thorny, Thorny, Thorny” between songs. The instrumentalists played their parts particularly well while engaging with the audience in their own individual way. Jacob even stage dived into the crowd during the song ‘Where We Go When We Die’ where many punters took up the opportunity to fist -bump and high-five the frontman, before finishing off the set with fan favourite ‘Reptile’.
Having just released a stellar debut album and possessing the ability to demonstrate it live in a world-class manner reflects just how powerful this band is at the moment while they are paving the way for a new wave of Australian heavy bands.
Gig Review by Adam Rice @adamrice1994
Views From The Sun
In My Skin
All The Light We Don’t See
Lily & The Moon
Where We Go When We Die
Thornhill – The Dark Pool Tour
with Deadlights, Mirrors and Tapestry
Nov 23 @ Brightside, Bris – SOLD OUT
Nov 24 @ Landsdowne Hotel, Syd
Nov 29 @ Enigma Bar, Adel*