Photos by Sheldon Ang, Sheldon Ang Photography
Formed less than a year ago in August 2019, it seems Perth-based Crimea have transcended expectations, amassing a legion of fans and followers. Despite their infancy, they’ve leapfrogged several hoops, fast tracked to party central, and even secured a spot to the opening act of Portugal’s HybridTheory.
I admit I’m not too familiar with the Perth scene, so it’s unsurprising that I’ve not heard of (the band) Crimea, let alone seeing them performing live.
The venue is a great choice for any exposure – a wise move by their promotor Big Tommo, given its popularity among free spirited clubbers alluded by the queue stretching to the streetcorner. The stage sits high above the dance floor, giving theperformer an imperious presence under an array of bursting lights with a huge screen against the wall…for that extra hype of a big band feel.
But as the four members of Crimea grace the stage before the capacity crowd, it’s evident most of the clubbers have made their way for Crimea’s single launch, “Tonight”. The whistles and the roars crank the air, hand gestures forming a wave; it seems the millennials (bar the photographer/reviewer) seem to know what they are in for. For those who are here for a drink or two, they are about to discover one of Perth’s hottest upcoming bands.
When the lead vocalists and guitarist Dylan Dimitriou reachesfor the mic, Patrick Stump (of Fall out Boy) comes to my mind; he looks relatable like the son of a good neighbour, but is surrounded by members with hair mops resonating the rock influencers of the 80’s 90’s.
The opening song was ‘Craving’, followed by ‘Black Heart’ and so forth kicking off to a 12-song set list packed with quality riffs and grunge that’d you’d expect from a professional well-oiled machine, embracing the sort of fast changing tunes of an arena band.
Despite listening for the first time, their songs are catchy and palpable, especially in their two singles on Spotify – ‘Burnout’, and of course their single launch ‘Tonight’.
‘Burnout’ kicks off with a punk rock flavour in a Greenday or Blink 182 sense, progressing with solid guitar, juxtaposing with drums pummelling any confusion that we’re still in the 00’s as the music is refreshing as it’s original.
The single launch also happens to be my favourite track of the set list, ‘Tonight’; a track of a wide dynamic range, initiallycasting me back by two decades with their grunge smearing,later steering to the 00’s with added spice of Streosonicinfluence in “Dakota” (although it may not be deliberate), coupled with a devastatingly epic guitar performance
While Dimitriou remains relatively still, other members arefar more animated, with special prop given to the bass player Anthony Lomma – he’s the Angus Young of the group,destroying the stage with his shenanigans, bending low and under, while waving his hair like the model of a shampoo ad.
Influenced by indie rock English band Arctic Monkeys, it’s no surprise they paid tribute by blazing a rendition of ‘Arabelle’, as if reviving the track to a contemporary voice.
It may be a tough start to 2020 for the industry, and if itwasn’t for the Covid19, these guys would have surfed on some of the biggest festivals in the country and overseas in the coming months. I am glad to have seen these guys live.
So I’m calling it now; ‘Tonight’ will make its way to mainstream airplay with an appearance on the ARIA charts, tipping its way into the top 10 of Triple J Hottest 100.