The Metro, Sydney NSW
October 15th, 2023
Supports: Tantichrist and Nursery Crimes
The Descendents are one of those bands that have been around for ages, and I’ve been into them for years, but have never gotten around to catching them live. After a health scare only a month or two ago, it was great to see frontman Milo Aukerman make a good recovery just in time for their first Australian tour since 2017, and I got to catch their Sydney show a few nights ago.
After a dose of KFC (the Korean version) from nearby Chinatown, I wandered into the Metro and set up camp near the bar to catch the first support Tantichrist, a Sydney outfit playing some good ol’ Aussie punk. They were a great intro to those who got in early, and seemed to have a dark kind of humour with song titles that get right to the point, like ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ and ‘Fuck or Fight.’
Next up was Melbourne hardcore legends Nursery Crimes, a band from the nineties scene who recently reunited to play some shows with The Hard-ons and extended that reunion to the Sydney and Melbourne shows for the Descendents run. Older punks in the crowd seemed to appreciate the band’s classic nineties pub vibe, but I think those younger were keener for the main act. Although their punk cover of the Beatles classic ‘Eleanor Rigby’ was a cool highlight of their set, and reading up on their history afterwards I can appreciate their contribution to the Australian punk world.