Anxiously waiting to start their Wednesday night gig at the Black Bear Lodge, the band sat side stage as one of the drummer was tapping away. I did notice tonight set list was a bit strange; Age Champion, were the final act to perform last for KB Theory’s Single Launch Party.
Since my last visit to the Lodge it has had a nice little reverb. Between the second hand chairs and the large landscape portraits on the wall, it kinda felt like I was in my grandmothers house. It has a nice home-y feel to it.
People slowly trickling into the venue one by one as Selfish Sons get underway with the coast rock set. The double denim ing three piece seemed to be familiar with the crowd as shared cheeky grins and classic crowd antics. KB Theory and Age Champion join in with the crowd, cheering on Selfish Sons.
As the crowd sang back to the band, I realised that his voice reminded me of a more softer and kinder version of Derek Saunders from Mayday Parade. Between the crowds encouragements of public nudity, the coastal vocals and raw sounds encourage the crowd to move with the music.
There was chatter heard over a “slower song about a girl”, however it is almost diminished as the lead singer, Jordy, pours out more and more emotion into his performance.
“This is a song I wrote when I was angry” was followed by a grunge post punk sound which was nothing like we’ve heard tonight. I could hear the anger in the vocals, the drums and even the bass. The increased tempo finale has me pumped for whats coming next.
In amongst the crowd there was a strong connection with them and KB Theory. I’m wasn’t sure if it was the friends and family support or if its the locals enjoying the local talent. Either way KB Theory, the local soft rock band, put on a show I haven’t seen in a long time.
As the audience clapped along to Don’t Waste My Time, I gotta put my hands together for lead singer, Dylan, for powering through a rough throat. They thanked the crowd for coming out on a Wednesday night as they didn’t expect this many people
After a quick cuddle and a drink, the band began playing a new one which was played first time 2 days ago, raw vocals echoing throughout Black Bear. The new track is being released soon and the audience had loved it with applause and cheer.
The rest of the set was in questions when Dylans throat had been pushed to the edge but the show must go on. Drummer, Andrew, supported Dylans vocals for the rest of the show. The crowd also joined in to relieve Dylan of most vocal duty and danced the night away. The support and love in the room was more than I have seen in a long time. The crowd went crazy for the mad drum solo to finish off the track.
Dylan spoke “Ladies and gentlemen the one you’ve been holding out for, Lights of Tokyo.” My comments on their new release still stand however the live experience and the added element of a community like feel gives the track a whole new dimension.
When it comes to finishing their set, KB Theory do not mess about. Sore throats were not holding them back. The crowds reactions and support didn’t disappoint either.
The local musos built on UQ soil effortlessly shifted between rock and soft rock in track I’ll Take You There. The grungy vocals entertainment those left after KB Theory set. It was a set that draw in other musos like Port Royal to take a peak at.
The three piece managed to move the entire room, as I felt the floor boards beneath my feet move from the jumping crowd, but not enough to cause structural damage.
The experimental vocals and traces of the great in track Get Up forced me on my feet to dance along side he crowd and their antics. Black Bear are not estranged from having music such as Age Champion leak from their windows and entrance onto the Brunswick street below.
The crowds involvement created a whole new atmosphere to the rock heavy tracks as everyone was on their feet and moving in one way or another. The band was also working up a sweat from the movement heavy set.
Killer track after loaded track, the night rocked on and so did the crowd. There was no sign of rest for them anytime soon. The night ended as hard as it started and my god am I glad I witnessed this one. A few acts to keep an eye on eye.