Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide.
May 10th, 2011.
For those that haven’t seen it, Thebarton Theatre is an old venue, with dark stained woodwork and ornate ceilings, so when I walked in before doors were open to the empty, classic looking hall and a giant net filled with rainbow coloured balloons hanging precariously above it, the scene seemed a little strange.
With a cheer, the chaos was unleashed and so began the race for a coveted barrier spot. Quickly the hall filled up with tee shirts in colours that matched the party decorations overhead, the obscenely bright merch oddly contradicted by the massages emblazoned on the back “Keep running your mouth” or “My heart is filled with hate.” A Day To Remember fans were out in full force already.
Local boys Abandon All Hope opened the show on time, completely on their game and frankly, quite brutally. While their set was unquestionably powerful and they had their obvious fans in the crowd, unfortunately as is too often the case with support bands, they went largely underappreciated, the majority of people were far too busy purchasing drinks and taking pictures with their friends for various social networking sites.
Shattering onto the stage with old favourite ‘In Regards To Self’, a slightly new-look Under0ath instantly commanded the attention of everybody in the room. This was their first Adelaide show since the departure of the last founding member Aaron Gillespie, and while they certainly missed his unique vocal talents, it seems that through the loss of a drummer, they gained some maturity. Picking up right where Gillespie left off without sacrificing his own style, the drums were well handled by Under0ath’s newest addition Daniel Davidson.
With his microphone taped orange and his unmistakable long locks, front man Spencer Chamberlain covered every inch of he stage, keeping up the pace with ‘It’s A Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door’, and the crowd followed all of his prompts, gladly singing or screaming lyrics back at the stage. New single ‘Paper Lung’, was well received, inspiring an anarchic mosh pit that was mirrored, as per usual by the fanatical keyboardist Christopher Dudley.
Never faltering for a minute, Under0ath closed their slightly short set with ‘Writing On The Wall’, a blatant reminder of why they have such longevity before they hastily made way for their Floridian state-mates.
Beginning behind not one, but two dramatically lit curtains, A Day To Remember appeared with an explosion of confetti and an absolute frenzy in the audience, kicking off with ‘A Shot In The Dark’ as two thousand ecstatic voices echoed back.
‘My Life For Hire’ had the crowd packed in tighter than sardines, the adoring masses lapping up every chord and every drum fill while the industrial size smoke machines were working over time. Suddenly, the air was filled with rolls of flying toilet paper and ‘All Signs Point To Lauderdale’ took the show up to another level before people even had the chance to catch their breath.
Song after song the moshpit grew, the backdrop changed, beach balls were bounced around, someone even appeared in a monkey suit, contributing to the ridiculous fun and the feeling that maybe the show was just a metalcore band stumbling into an eight year old’s birthday party.
At singer Jeremy McKinnon’s command, the circle pit spilled wall to wall for the second last track ‘You Should Have Killed Me When You Had The Chance’ then finally the balloons were released as the party came to it’s crazy pinnacle. The congregation were rewarded for their fervor with the acoustic encore of ‘If It Means A Lot To You.’ and the moment everybody seemed to be holding their breath for; ‘The Downfall Of Us All.’ Finally as the stage was emptied, so did the floor, satisfied fans gasping for the breath that they’d lost in the cooler night air.