Special Guest Reviewer: Ash Fahy (Suicide Butterfly)
I was so excited to be asked to review Nautical Mile, on their ‘The Only Way Is Through’ Tour at Amplifier. I first saw Nautical Mile play only the week prior when they supported Hands Like Houses and they absolutely smashed it. I’ve been wanting to see 2 of the support bands on this lineup for a while now, Patient Sixty Seven and Collider. I arrived at Amplifier by about 8.15 pm, and phew! I made it on time. I say a quick hello to Tom from Patient Sixty Seven, then go and stand by the door where there seems to be an invisible forcefield that is stopping everyone from going into the band room, weird. The boys from Nautical Mile came over and we had a chat and I basically fangirled, it was nice to finally meet them. Time to head in and watch the first band. I hadn’t heard of Ferncroft prior to the show. First of all, I didn’t expect a voice like that to come out of the lead singer, what a phenomenal voice! The band has a funky sound with many songs you can bop along to, kinda sound a bit like Maroon 5. They had alot of support from the crowd and played a nice stong set. Particularly loved some of the drum lines they played by them. Definitely be adding some of their songs to my spotify list.
Next up was Collider. I’ve listened to a couple of their songs before. John Prosser has quite a good range. Their new single ‘Highs & Lows” was, in particular, a standout.
Yes! Now for Patient Sixty Seven! I am a huge fan of these guys, their songs feature heavily on my playlist but haven’t had a chance to see them live yet. Oh my goodness, I was not disappointed. The combination of vocals from Tom and Rory are electric. The whole band is super tight and super awesome. Tom Kiely before getting on stage is quiet and polite. Tom Kiely onstage transforms into a beast with the most amazingly brutal voice. The show they put on was exhilarating, jumping down into the crowd a couple of times too, gotta love some crowd interaction. You guys rocked!
Now it’s time for the Headline act, Nautical Mile. Yay! This show is the first part of their national tour which sees them playing songs from their debut album ‘The Only Way is Through’ in Melbourne, Geelong, Canberra, Newcastle, Sydney and Brisbane I’ve been Youtubing these guys all week and loving every second. Opening the set up with current single ‘Wake Up’ which features on ‘The Only Way Is Through’. I thought they played a good set last weekend, this set blew last week out of the water. This band is so fun to watch and I found myself smiling the whole way through. So much energy, so much enthusiasm and the crowd absolutely ate it up! Brodi Owen’s vocals were so strong the whole way through and he never once stopped moving. Particularly loved the cover of Jesse Mccartney song, Beautiful Soul, much better than the original. Every single member of this band oozes charisma, you can tell these guys love playing music together it’s awesome to see. It all just works, add a couple of big balls and you’ve got a show that won’t be forgotten anytime soon. These guys definitely have everything you need to make it. Only thing is the drummer, Caleb Wynter needs to keep his shirt on it’s so mesmerizing, I mean distracting. Best show I have seen in a long time! All the bands that played definitely complimented eachother. Do yourself a favor and check out all of these bands that were on the bill. They were all pretty awesome. Part proceeds from this show are being donated to the NSW fire appeals, which is beautiful!