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Live Review: House Vs Hurricane, Prepared Like A Bride, Deadlines @ The Brightside 22.08.14

Walking into The Brightside on a miserable rainy night, the back of the place is absolutely packed, the smell of "Crooked Teeth" cocktail buckets and the sound of Deadlines fill the air. It’s absolutely packed and for short people finding a gap between two heads to see is difficult. All that can be seen is the guitarist with luscious long curly locks (all the better for wind milling with) head banging away quite impressively as he appears to not miss a single note. A decent Beastie Boys ‘Sabotage’ cover draws the crowd in and the front man carries out their final song from the pit.

After a rather long changeover Prepared Like A Bride launch into a solid set. Frontman Ryan Bowles was commanding and had the crowd in his hands, he asked for a circle pit and he had one within seconds. Bowles has such a strong presence it's hard to take your eye off him for even a second but if you do you'll notice drummer Jonny Bower doing some fancy tricks with his drumsticks and guitarist Rumond Dassonville and bassist Connor Grant, who also provided strong backing vocals, either side of Bowles, not quite entertaining but providing the crucial backing track to Bowles’ performance.

Only the second song in and Bowles hurls himself from the stage, into the crowd and onto the balcony bar, spits out a few lines of the song then commands the crowd to put their hands up and he crowd surfs back to the stage and finishes the song. Bowles offers up the mic to the crowd at the front and even his water at one point because it's bloody hot in here. ‘Just Breathe’ was the highlight of the set as it was catchy and heavy and still stuck in heads days later. With their album ‘Overcomer’ debuting at #30 on the ARIA charts earlier this year it can only be onwards and upwards from here for Prepared Like A Bride.

During changeovers it’s emo anthem sing-a-long time, from The Getaway Plan's one good song to A Day To Remember's love ballad. Sh*t gets real when John Farnham's ‘You're The Voice’ kicks in and at least 90% of the people in the room begin singing, House Vs Hurricane step onto the stage and fist pump and sing a long and it’s possibly the most Australian thing to be seen on a Friday night in the Valley.

The crowd finishes out the song and HVH launch into a strange rendition of ‘40 Deep’ and ‘Crooked Teeth’ and a little bit of something else. "Remember that time we played a reunion show without rehearsing much?" Yeah, pretty sure we all will. ‘40 Deep’ starts again, properly this time and from this point on you can’t tell they’ve been apart for a year, it’s like they’ve picked up from exactly where they left off.

Frontman Dan Casey challenged the crowd to get up to the stage and give him a high 5. Utter chaos of flying bodies is probably the best way to describe what ensues, fifteen to twenty people throw themselves off the stage into the small crowd willing to catch them. The stage dives just don’t stop until the very last note of their set. In between hits off their last album (Crooked Teeth) there’s a hint of a ‘Break Stuff’ (Limp Bizkit) cover and those in the crowd that recognize the riff can’t help but smile.

"This is our last song... but we all know there might be a few more" (No BS, just another reason to love these guys), ‘Forfeiture’ kicks in (if you've heard just one HVH song, it was probably Forfeiture) and the crowd go into overdrive. The last minute of the song is the catchiest dance break you may have ever heard, Casey’s mad dance skills need to be seen to be believed, as he and the rest of the band take a break and let the electronic backing take over. As everyone knows the set is drawing to an end and this may be the last time HVH ever play in Brisbane, the crowd and band gave it their absolute all.

The set list incorporates old classics and the more recent hits, leaving the crowd with a satisfying reunion/final farewell show, although it was still difficult to say goodbye.

House Vs Hurricane Tour Dates

Adelaide - August 29th

 Melbourne - August 30th

 Penrith - October 3rd 

Sydney - October 4th and 5th.

 

 

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