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With the onset of daylight saving time a mere thirty hours away and a couple of relatively warmer days just gone, the mood of the punters entering Mebourne’s Festival Hall (not so affectionately known as Festering Hall) on this particular Friday night seemed just a little more jovial than usual. Those who arrived early would have been treated to Perth act The Chemist… For this attendee however, it was to be dinner and drinks that would win out, before arriving for the surprisingly well-known international supporting act; Los Angeles alternative rock quartet Silversun Pickups.

It says something about the progression of the Australian music industry when a local band – and not exactly one which the average Joe on the street would even know – can attract such an acclaimed international support. And while there could easily have been a case for this to be a true co-headline show, Silversun Pickups fans would be treated to their own headline slot (albeit at a smaller venue) three nights earlier. On an early trip to the men’s room for yours truly, urinal talk suggested the crowd were rather evenly split as to who they were there for. And even when one already inebriated man was at a loss as to who these “Pickups” were, all was ok when he was told they had a “chick” in the band.

Brian Aubert with his “lazy eye”.

Even on record, Silversun Pickups rely on a fuzzy, distorted sound, so it was a little overwhelming that the mix for the band was still being tweaked as they kicked off with ‘Growing Old Is Getting Old’. The boys – and chick – soon cranked things up a little though, as ‘There’s No Secrets This Year’ and ‘Future Foe Scenarios’ sounded great. Lead vocalist Brian Aubert then struggled a little to bring out the poppiness of ‘Substitution’, but all was forgiven with the memorable closing duo of ‘Panic Switch’ & ‘Lazy Eye’. The melodies of both simply overwhelmed the audience as Aubert shined with his guitar-work and transitioning from gentle to enraged vocals in a heartbeat.

Having only seen front-man Ian Kenny’s “other” band Karnivool live, I was not sure what to expect from Birds Of Tokyo. Sure, their relatively traditional rock style was more my taste than the progressively heavy Karnivool, but would it turn out just a little (for want of a better word) boring in a live setting. Needless to say, it did not take long for my doubts to be cast aside. In fact, it was about the time Ian opened his mouth. Mr. Kenny may be as bad a dancer as Midnight Oil’s Peter Garrett (who is now an Australian politician FFS) and is totally confused as to which direction he wants to take with his hair, but the man simply has the best vocals in the land right now. While the band played competently throughout (ably assisted by a synth player who impressively handled keys & strings duties), the audience were undoubtedly in Ian Kenny’s hands from beginning to end.

“If I keep dancing like this, I will be a politician one day“.

For the most part, their setlist was well selected. It included four tracks off the band’s debut LP ‘Day One’, all of which were subtly stripped back and sounded fantastic. Birds of Tokyo even threw in EP favourite ‘Believer’ for the loyalists and it is a credit to them that it did not sound out of place at all. Having just released a new album which reached #2 on the Australian charts, it was no surprise that the self-titled album got a good run. If anything, the rather plain ‘Wild At Heart’ should have been replaced by ‘Armor For Liars’ off of the band’s best record to date; ‘Universes’. Of the five songs to be played from ‘Universes’, it was predictable that ‘Silhouettic’ and set closer ‘Broken Bones’ would be the night’s highlights… And they did not disappoint at all. These two were the crowd favourites along with current single ‘Plans’, which especially had the audience’s larger than expected female turn-up singing along at full voice.

All in all, it was a couple of terrific performances from two excellent bands. It is just a shame that there was so much flannel in the audience! (Hi Vooligan). 





DaveyBoy
10.04.10
SETLISTS

Silversun Pickups
1. Growing Old Is Getting Old.
2. Well Thought Out Twinkles
3. There’s No Secrets This Year
4. The Royal We
5. Future Foe Scenarios
6. Substitution
7. Panic Switch
8. Lazy Eye

Birds Of Tokyo
1. The Unspeakable Scene
2. Black Sheets
3. Wild Eyed Boy
4. White Witch
5. Believer
6. Circles
7. Wayside
8. The Saddest Thing I Know
9. Wild At Heart
10. Off Kilter
11. In the Veins of Death Valley
12. Get Out
13. The Baker’s Son
14. Murmurs
15. Plans
16. Silhouettic
17. The Gap
18. Broken Bones

tombits
10.04.10
That's literally the perfect Silversun Pickups setlist. You're a lucky man Davey!

StreetlightRock
10.04.10
Surprised that the Silversuns opened for BOT. Sounds like a ball tho.

DaveyBoy
10.04.10
I thought so too Tom. Their albums are great, but they're a bit too long for my liking, so condensing it into what is probably their 8 best songs was perfect. Hey, you could have gone.

You're not the only one who was surprised Alex. But BoT are an unstoppable juggernaut now.

DaveyBoy
10.04.10
All the funniest conversations take place at the urinal.

Dave, you're so Irish. It's all a matter of concentrating & keeping everything pointing forward. No sword-fights allowed.

StreetlightRock
10.04.10
We're secure, Dave. You should see all of us run around in our above knee denim shorts.

Jim
10.04.10
nothing better than some urinal talk over some urinal cakes.

DaveyBoy
10.04.10
And all Irishmen are leprechauns, yeah?

tombits
10.04.10
Toadie is so blatantly insecure. He's losing wait though, so good on him!

tombits
10.04.10
Ronan Keating is beautiful.

Captain North
10.04.10
I can barely pee if there's a person in the next room as me, I'd be in trouble if people tried urinal talk with me.

Vooligan
10.04.10
Nice review, Davey. Basically mirrors my thoughts on the night. The pianist you mentioned is Glen Sarrangapanney, he played on Unverses and the Self Titled and has been touring with them for yonks, he's basically part of the band.

And don't bag the flannel!!!!

Douglas
10.04.10
Ah, so glad I saw Silversun on the Tuesday night also, they played a mammoth set, was fantastic. This gig was more fun with the larger crowd though.

DaveyBoy
10.04.10
LOL at Tom (of the Captain North variety). You're way too honest mate.

Billy, what is this about a frangiapanni. Does it come in flannel.

Come on Dougie, I know you picked up during 'Plans'. BTW, what do you do on a night out in the big smoke? You got somewhere to stay in Melb?

horseypie
10.04.10
i saw the sydney show for this, was awesome. i wish silversun had a longer set, i think a co-headliners show wouldve been way better though. i got a little bored during the middle of birds of tokyo, but i guess thats ust because i havent really taken a liking to the new album and listened to that much. broken bones as the final song was really, really good though

Douglas
10.04.10
Ha, well funny you should say that Davey, because I did end up the night with a pretty young thing ; ).

Will on the Tuesday night I drove home from the Geelong Train station, took me 2 hours to get home, so in bed at like 2am? So not to bad. Birds gig was a bit different... Grand Final Eve and all, a group of us booked out a suite at Crown, so after the gig we (and our new friends haha) headed over there for a bit of a gamble etc...

DaveyBoy
10.04.10
Yeah, all fair comments horseypie. I would have scrapped The Chemist & given Silversun an extra half hour. 7pm was too early a start for a Friday night anyway.

Vooligan
10.04.10
Such an early gig, it weirded me out.

horseypie
10.04.10
we had the chemist on at 7:20, silversun at 8:10 and birds at 9:20 at the hordern
the chemist sounded pretty cool, i might check em out next time theyre in town. the last song he did, 'the end of july' i think? was pretty cool live, the vocal looping and stuff that he was doing on his own at the end

DoubtGin
10.04.10
didnt like the whole "chick" part but this was enjoyable to read

not a big fan of either band though

Captain North
10.04.10
Woah, just found out Birds supported my favourite japanese band (Ling Tosite Sigure) when they did their first tour of UK.

DaveyBoy
10.04.10
In Melb., it was basically 7, 8 & then about 9:15pm.

Not meant to be derogatory DoubtGin... Just taking what I heard & running with it.

What's this about Cameron Ling's toast?

Captain North
10.04.10
Ling Tosite Sigure (also known as Rin Toshite Shigure). You should check them out, best album is called Inspiration is DEAD.

DaveyBoy
10.04.10
Sounds foreign to me. ;-)

BigTuna
10.04.10
The Royal We is one of the best songs i've heard live.

Waior
10.04.10
We're frowned upon for urinal discussion in Canada but peeing is basically a social event in Mexico, you pee on a boulder with somebody and they buy you a free drink.

That is a perfect Silversun Pickups set list. I'm jealous.

DaveyBoy
10.04.10
Poor confused Caleb... Traveling from country to country & having to remember all of the changing customs. I'm sure SSP will find you in one of your homelands one day.



Spare
10.05.10
a perfect ssp setlist would have rusted wheel and kissing families sorry guys. also sup australia itt

DaveyBoy
10.05.10
I took the gratuitous chick shot out, but the urinal talk is staying.

Spare
10.05.10
i'm okay with that. i usually try and piss as quickly as possible if anyone walks in so i don't have to be around them. not because i'm uncomfortable i just hate people.

foreverendeared
10.05.10
"That's literally the perfect Silversun Pickups setlist"

except it's totally missing their best song, "Sort Of"

DaveyBoy
10.05.10
Man, I didn't realise people were so divided on what is SSP's best song. To me, it's clearly either Panic Switch or Lazy Eye, but there you go.

Hate is such a strong word Spare.

Spare
10.05.10
i hate people that say that

Douglas
10.05.10
The played like another 10 songs at their solo gig in melbourne.

DaveyBoy
10.05.10
Yeah, saw that setlist Dougie & they picked the right songs too. BUT like their albums, I reckon I could only take them for so long. That's just me though.

foreverendeared
10.05.10
Lazy Eye is a really good one too. I would probably like Panic Switch more if I didn't hear it playing all the time like everywhere.

Edwin
10.05.10
lol loved the captions Davey. A few of my friends went to the Sydney show. Was gonna tag along but didn't in the end, they had a great time though.

DaveyBoy
10.05.10
I definitely don't hear 'Panic Switch' everywhere, so it's still pretty fresh for me.

Yeah, I was at my captioning best here Edwin. And to think that I held out hope that Parades would be the local support.

Edwin
10.05.10
haha sorry about that mix up a while back. If I come across any more completely illegitimate rumours I'll be sure to pass them on.

DaveyBoy
10.05.10
Yeah, thanks for that. I soon forgave you when Parades announced a tour of their own a few weeks later... But then they cancelled it!

Phil
10.05.10
Sounds really good, pity I missed them as I was working. I am still yet to see any of Ian Kennys projects. Should rectify that soon enough, hopefully.

DaveyBoy
10.05.10
Don't you just hate working on a Friday night!

Yeah, got to go out and see - well, hear - him whenever you next get a chance Phil.

Phil
10.05.10
It was a Wednesday here but yeah, it sure does suck! Good write-up, should listen to Swoon more. So, thanks for reminding me.

DaveyBoy
10.05.10
Forgot you weren't in Melb. And yeah, Swoon is is definitely worth a few more spins.

WhiteNoise
10.07.10
"All the funniest conversations take place at the urinal."

Agreed. I was at a rock club and some dude told me he would give me $2000 to kill the guy next to him and the guy then told me it was ok because he was an under cover super spy...

I really wanted to go to this gig actually but I've been really busy the last few months. If all goes well tonight I should score a BDO ticket and finally see these guys next year! :D Sounds like an awesome fun gig man.

DaveyBoy
10.07.10
Hehe Croc... So you didn't tell us... Didja kill him? If so, can I borrow a coupla hundred bucks?

Yeah, t'was a fun gig. I'm passing on the BDO this year... Just not enough on there to satisy me, other than most of the Aussie acts, most of which I can see frequently anyway.

WhiteNoise
10.07.10
Yeah can't say the Headliners are my cup of tea at all. Iggy and the Stooges + all the aussie bands are just enough though for me to have a great day, however Soundwave is what I'm REALLY excited for.

and nah I didn't send him sleeping with the fishes :P

DaveyBoy
10.07.10
Best of luck in getting those tkts... They're never easy.

Vooligan
10.07.10
BDO tickets success for me :)

Cant wait for Tool and Deftones

Edwin
10.07.10
I was considering going, but ended up not worrying about it.
Anyone know if Deftones are planning sideshows?

WhiteNoise
10.08.10
Got mine!

Iggy and The Stooges, Gyroscope, Grinderman, Birds of Tokyo, Children Collide and John Butler!!!

DaveyBoy
10.08.10
I am sure they will Edwin.

Sounds like getting tickets may have been a touch easier this year. Hmmm, less demand maybe?

Vooligan
10.08.10
Nah definitely still the higher demand. Sold out in 4 minutes, the Melbourne one. I think the whole set up of it was better this year - no website crashes etc.

DaveyBoy
10.08.10
Not what I heard. Some guy in the FL forums said he bought 2 tix at 10:20am. But who knows. You get the feeling they'd sell out quickly no matter what.

Vooligan
10.08.10
Definitely sold out in a few minutes. There was a heap of my mates that missed out both last night and this morning after a few minutes.

Never know, maybe ticketmaster released it in a couple of lots.

Captain North
10.08.10
This years BDO is the first one to really interest me tbh, but I've already splashed out on No Sleep 'Til and I can't afford it.

WhiteNoise
10.08.10
Yeah a few of my mates missed out this year. I thought the lineup was pretty weak, but I guess there will always be a demand for BDO...

DaveyBoy
10.08.10
And you're still going Croc. It looks like you're a regular now... May as well get your Southern Cros tat now.

WhiteNoise
10.09.10
hahahaha maybe not quite yet!

DaveyBoy
10.09.10
LOL. I presume you worked out that should have been Southern Cross. Nothing to do with the Adelaide Crows or Croatia.

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