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Live Review: Buried In Verona, Antagonist A.D, Stories @ The Brightside, 17.07.14

Cue intro music to pump the crowd up, smoke machine and strobe lights….GO!

Stories began with a bang and kind of fizzled out from there. The creative use of effects was the highlight of their set and I’m not even sure that it was their doing or if they had the sound/lighting dude to thank for the elaborate entry, which I was quite impressed with because I’d never seen a local band put that much effort into creating an atmosphere but that’s where my interest in this band ended. Musically it was all over the place, there was no song structure and the whole set sounded like one big breakdown but not in a good way. A few songs were a little too reminiscent of Northlane, I know a lot of local bands are striving to be the next Northlane but c’mon guys, where is the originality?

It was pointed out to me that the lead guitar was pre-recorded and they were down a member, which doesn’t send a great message of professionalism to me as they are supporting on this entire tour and were announced months ago, surely they could have organised someone to fill in.

Antagonist A.D offered a much more polished performance, even with a fill in guitarist, who appeared more into it than anyone else on the stage. Frontman Sam Crocker sported a “go vegan” shirt so he was immediately in my good books. There was no messing around for them, they sound checked and ripped straight into it. They played hard, fast and heavy, exactly the way the crowd wanted it. The crowd responded with plenty of mic grabs, the pit tripled in size and most of the crowd was head banging along at one point or another.

Hang on to your beanies and snapbacks dudes and dudettes, the pit is about to get rough.

The crowd filled in the floor space as the music faded and the lights went down, “The Breach” intro filled our ears, the strobe came on and the reason we were all there stepped on stage. Buried In Verona launched into the set of old and new hits, the one problem with seeing these guys live is no matter how many of your favourite songs they play they’re still going to miss at least one because so many of their songs are hits.

As usual, guitarist Richie Newman’s facial expressions were hilariously entertaining, if you ever see these guys live make it a point to keep an eye on him. Thrusting his guitar and laughing through his vocal parts, you can always tell Richie’s having a good time. Newman and bassist Sean Gynn can often be seen running into and making fun of each other on stage, Gynn repeatedly stepping forward and giving the crowd the thumbs up in between songs with a huge smile on his face.

Not only do Buried In Verona have catchier than herpes chorus’s and heavier than lead breakdowns, they also have one of the most entertaining crowds to watch and be a part of, from the guy in the front begging for high 5’s from the band every two minutes to the Jesus crowd surfer fail (during the very last song this guy hopped on stage and delicately let himself fall like Jesus into the crowd, all the crowd had to do was keep him upright but they didn’t and he hit the ground within a second of his feet leaving the ground and it was absolutely hilarious), to the guy who had found someone else’s keys on the ground after a particularly mosh heavy song and was jingling them above his head in between songs in an effort to return them to their rightful owner (I saw a guy claim them so the story has a happy ending). They finished up and exited the stage but the crowd was begging for an encore, they happily obliged and played their party hit song (my personal favourite) “couldn’t give 34 f**ks”, a song about heavy drinking and partying, it was an 18+ gig so obviously a large majority of the crowd was drunk and everyone was singing along and loving it.

BIV give the same energy in the smaller venues as they do on festival spots, they played through sound issues with the mic which actually cut out for a quarter of a song and continued to feedback their entire set but no one really noticed because they shrugged it off and gave it their all. This was my fourth time seeing BIV and every single time I think they can’t possibly still be as good as the last time but they totally freakin’ are!

If you’re contemplating catching this tour when it hits your town, do it and you will live with NO RE-GRETS.

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