ELECTRIC STATE/CHILDLIKE EMPRESS/BROKEN HYMN/PICTURES OF VIRGINIA
Photos by Kaleb Jaques (https://www.facebook.com/JaquesPhotographyandVideography)
I trotted on down to Lyric Lane in Maylands for the very first time on this night, in much dire need of cheering up. Getting out the house and mingling with good friends is always a recipe for happiness – and I got it on this evening that’s for sure!
The night began with Pictures of Virginia who eased us into the night with their uplifting sound, I don’t know what their vocalist was singing about but whatever it was it sounded meaningful! A lot of their music kind of reminded me a little of some of Pearl Jams softer material. They didn’t move around a whole lot but the stage doesn’t really allow that – their music did the talking and walking for themselves anyway. A lovely start to the night!
Broken Hymns were next which was quite the departure from our first act. These guys almost had Tool influenced guitar with screamo/post hardcore vocals. It was an interesting mix and they were certainly intense. They had some mean beats man, I dug it. Their vocalist was adamant about getting the crowd to come forward but as per usual, that is a task in Perth that is very hard to accomplish. My band has been going nearly 5 years and it’s only happened twice. You’ll get there boys!
Childlike Empress hit the stage next and this two piece were intensity in ten cities. Wailing guitar, powerful drums, they upped the ante tenfold with their set and you could feel the energy change in the room. Big shout out to the drummer, he was a straight up maniac from start to end. This show certainly showcased an eclectic range of bands of differing styles – some may consider that a clash, I for one consider that a breath of fresh air.
‘The Hardest Working Band in Perth’ Electric State finally got up there and did what they do best. Steal the show. It was a big party from go to woe, it was a wild and wonderful time. Vocalist Rob Viney was so commanding of the crowd and an incredible presence on stage. I just love what these boys do. They released their single in absolute style – a powerful set that set the night alight! ‘The Sure Thing” Bill Shaw tubthumped his way to legendary status, the “Dreaded Dreaded” Paul Leahy in all his wild head of hair glory, oozed with the passion and charisma we know he’s got for miles – They played a blistering cover of Nirvana’s ‘Breed’ and they just totally wail when they play that tune. Much respect and love to these boys for killing it on this evening. They play very often and play a lot of gigs, to see them garner the turn out that they did is likely attributed to their hard work in gaining a following, playing with fresh bands, and keeping their name out there. Sometimes you can play too much and burn out the ‘rent-a-crowd’ system that is always so prevalent in WA, but it doesn’t seem to have effected Electric State like it has for others. Bravo fellas.
Incomplete hit the stage last for our ‘after party’ set, the deathset – playing last after the band who’s show it is can always be a tough situation, but as usual they brought their A-Game like they always do. Blasting their wild and wonderful punk rock that as per usual, blew everyone away. They’re so ferocious, and their unwavering passion shines through every single time I see these blokes tear it up. Can’t wait to see them again down the line.
A wonderful evening – I love Lyric’s Underground, it’s a groovy little place that needs to be dirtied up more – the Perth Rock Scene really should use this as one of our HQ’s. Congrats to Electric State on their launch, and I can’t wait to see them play again soon!