LIVE REVIEW: Khruangbin @ Metro Theatre, Sydney

Khruangbin, Harvey Sutherland Metro Theatre 14 March 14th, 2019 by Chris Familton This was a night of very few voices given that both acts on the bill were primarily instrumental trios. It was the music that did the talking and it transformed the Metro into a wall-to-wall sea of bodies-in-motion and conjured up a celebratory vibe in the room. Harvey Sutherland, the self-described funk-synthesist, was … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Khruangbin @ Metro Theatre, Sydney

LIVE REVIEW: Shihad @ Metro Theatre, Sydney

Shihad, Young Lions, The Dead Love Metro Theatre, Sydney November 24th, 2018 Thirty years, damn… where did that time go. This writer recalls first seeing them open for The Angels in Auckland, New Zealand in 1990. Back then they were fresh-faced young lads, still in thrall to the thrash metal of Metallica and co and yet to embark on the ups and downs of their … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Shihad @ Metro Theatre, Sydney

LIVE REVIEW: Peter Hook & The Light @ Metro Theatre

Peter Hook & The Light @ Metro Theatre, Sydney, October 2nd 2017 Ten days after announcing a settlement with the rest of New Order concerning his use of various New Order and Joy Division assets on merchandising and in the promotion of shows by his new band, Peter Hook returned to Australia for a tour that honours the legacy of both acts, but for this particular show, … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Peter Hook & The Light @ Metro Theatre

LIVE REVIEW: Spoon

Spoon + Mike Noga @ Metro Theatre Sydney, Australia, March 23rd, 2017 Mike Noga has stepped things up and fleshed out his live show with a full band that at times featured a triple guitar approach. The transition from solo performer to band leader mean he’s lost a bit of that Dylan-esque raconteur vibe but one can see where he’s taking it – giving the … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Spoon

LIVE REVIEW: Dinosaur Jr

Dinosaur Jr, Luluc @ Metro Theatre, Sydney 12.01.17 There had been some worrying moments leading up to the start of  Dinosaur Jr’s Australian tour, with news that visa issues for Lou Barlow had meant a delayed flight. It all got sorted but there was more drama to come. Luluc had opening honours, as they have for a number of J Mascis solo shows in the … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Dinosaur Jr

LIVE REVIEW: Thurston Moore @ Metro Theatre

Thurston Moore, Gold Class @ Metro Theatre, Sydney (05/12/15) When you have half of Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine’s bassist on stage one would expect the venue to be fairly brimming with indie rock fans right? It was a surprise then, and somewhat disappointing, to be greeted with a curtained off and reduced capacity theatre that still only made it to two thirds capacity. … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Thurston Moore @ Metro Theatre

LIVE REVIEW: The Fall, Gold Class, Orion @ Metro Theatre (21/10/15)

Post-punk was the order of the night and Orion lived up to the label by diving deep into effect-laden guitar, melodic bass and stentorian vocals; the hallmarks of bands such as Joy Division and The Cure. Backed by the cold repetition of a drum machine they impressed in their ability to conjure no-frills melancholic music that hit an emotional sweet spot as readily as it … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: The Fall, Gold Class, Orion @ Metro Theatre (21/10/15)

LIVE REVIEW: Savages @ Metro Theatre, Sydney (05/02/14)

Savages played an intense set that successfully blended theatricality with impressive musicality. All four musicians were completely in the pocket with their respective instruments. Drum sticks were raised high like axe handles, beating out tribal disco grooves that embraced primitive physicality and literate technical nuance. Bass player Ayse Hassan moved in perfect unison with her guitar and the notes she was drawing from it, whether … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Savages @ Metro Theatre, Sydney (05/02/14)

LIVE REVIEW: Killing Joke @ Metro Theatre, Sydney (08/06/13)

by Chris Familton Support acts can sometimes be a lottery. Will they be selected based on a musical similarity to the headliner or a subtle genre variation still with some stylistic connection to them? Will they be a band riding a current radio playlist/bloggers wave or a historical antecedent, forebears of the headliners who are possibly playing at their behest? In the case the band … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Killing Joke @ Metro Theatre, Sydney (08/06/13)

LIVE REVIEW: Shihad @ Metro Theatre, Sydney 07/09/12

by Chris Familton A night of celebratory rock was kicked off by locals The Upskirts and though at first coming across as fairly generic alt rock they soon revealed a real mixture of influences. They swung from Arctic Monkeys guitar pop to a a great dirgy track sung by drummer Thomas Kell that sounded like The Cure. They approach basic rock songs with an inventive … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Shihad @ Metro Theatre, Sydney 07/09/12

LIVE REVIEW: The Drones @ Metro Theatre, Sydney (29/10/11)

written by Chris Familton The Drones were winding up a national tour to promote the release of their first DVD A Thousand Mistakes. That document is an exhaustive look at the live evolution of the band from raw, unbridled punk rock through to their current position as one of the country’s best live acts and in Gareth Liddiard, one of our finest contemporary songwriters. Adalita … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: The Drones @ Metro Theatre, Sydney (29/10/11)

LIVE REVIEW: Okkervil River @ Metro Theatre, Sydney 18/10/11

by Chris Familton Mike Noga was up first, playing primarily on his lonesome which suited the mood and opening slot perfectly. His songs were stripped back to their bare essence of guitar, voice, harmonica and on a couple of occasions some wonderful cello courtesy of The Gin Club’s Bridget Lewis. Noga was in fine form – chatty, cheeky and seemingly undaunted to be standing alone … Continue reading LIVE REVIEW: Okkervil River @ Metro Theatre, Sydney 18/10/11