Photos by Caris Morcombe (Electric Shot Media)
Metro’s Freo was just too small for The Darkness.
I entered Metros Freo and could tell from the outset that this might be a tight squeeze. It was. The line was out the door and the buzz was in the air. The beers were flowing, everyone was ready for a good time, as it’s always a good time when The Darkness come to town.
The show started with locals The Southern River Band. It was quiet in the room at the beginning but it didn’t take long for frontman Callum Kramer to get the audience involved and elated. I have to give a huge props to the Drummer Todd Pickett, this dude was an absolute powerhouse from the outset, and he finished so strong as well. A great opening set from SRB. They got a great ovation to finish the set and they lubed us up well for The Darkness.
Out came the Darkness after an intermission and they hit the stage with a fury as to be expected. ‘Rock N’ Roll Deserves To Die’ opened the set, an incredibly important decision as far as I am concerned to double down on one of their best singles since you know what. It truly is an amazing track. It’s just a shame in Metros Freo you just have such a hard time hearing the vocals when you’re standing further back.
A big highlight of the show was ‘We Are The Guitar Men’ acoustic by Justin Hawkins, an absolutely lovely part of the proceedings! It’s a really interesting song and one of my favorites from the new album.
The Darkness sifted through the new album for a lot of the first half of the show but ‘One Way Ticket’ was certainly the highlight of the show for me, despite the fact I could barely hear the backing vocals.
‘Love Is Only A Feeling’ was beautiful again, but tainted by the fact the backing vocals were so soft and we couldn’t hear it. It’s frustrating that the venue was so jam packed and I couldn’t get closer than where I was because I heard the sound was much better the closer you got.
The Darkness then cranked out a cover of Radioheads’ ‘Street Spirit’ which was a nice surprise and they accentuated the original song and made it their own.
‘Get Your Hands Off My Woman’ was another banger, and soon after they finished off with ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ which sent their adoring crowd home happy.